Discover Stories2019-06-21T12:20:05-07:00

DISCOVER STORIES

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Discover the stories of people who have made beauty for hurt and endangered places throughout the years. You can refine your search by selecting options to filter our collection. You can always choose a story from around the world by clicking on sites presented on the map.





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Global Earth Exchange for a former perlite mine

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Kaysie Dannemiller
Location: Former perlite mine, Tinemaha Pit, Fish Springs District, Owens Valley, California
Wounded Place: Mineral extraction

Experience: this dispatch is being made via cell phone so will be short and sweet. I walked up to the mine in the heat of the afternoon from my campground. It would have been easier …

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Chesapeake Bay Earth Exchange

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Annie Hess and Elvin Hess
Location: Savage Neck Road, Cape Charles, VA, USA
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

I went to the site of our very first adventure with Trebbe on the Chesapeake Bay in the fall of 2009! (And the site of several Global Earth Exchanges since!) I hadn’t been to Savage …

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I Vow to Develop Compassion

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: shemmaho goodenough
Location: Hugh Keenleyside Dam, Castlegar, BC Canada
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

On the morning of June 22 thirteen people gathered at Portuguese Point, a fishing place near the Hugh Keenleyside Dam, on the Columbia River upstream from Castlegar, B.C.   Our first activity was for each …

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Resilient Place…Heals Hearts

Date: June 23, 2019
Author: Colter Schroeder
Location: Japhet Creek
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Historic & Cultural Sites | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Trees | Waste

Although we were a small group, we had a very meaningful impact with our radical joy event.  We selected an area of the park that worked for all our members and cleaned up the garbage …

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Journey to the Spring

Date: June 21, 2019
Author: Laurie Martinez and Jess Kovach
Location: Wekiwa Springs, Apopka, Florida
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

Our Global Earth Exchange was held at Wekiwa Springs in Apopka, Florida.  We chose this site because Florida’s freshwater ecosystem is suffering increased wounding by the unnatural amount of nitrates and pollutants that enter the …

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Daring to bear witness to Baseline Creep

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Harriet Sams
Location: Barnard Castle
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Children's Events | Climate change | Industry & Development | Waste

The day of June 22nd dawned bright and fair after weeks of cold and dismal rain. A lovely day for sitting in the woods. A small group of people met in the woods around Barnard …

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Honoring the River

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Polly Howells
Location: Falling Waters Preserve, Glasco, New York
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees

There were twelve of us who gathered in a small cove on the Hudson River, after following the Father C. Jorn Trail from the parking lot of the Falling Water Preserve in Saugerties, New York.  …

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Standing for Staying Awake and Connected

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Author: Judy Todd
Location: At the Sandy River
Wounded Place: Other

In the presence of ‘strangers’ also in the park along the river’s edge, we shared our stories of places we have known, loved, wept over, and re-visit still. Our connection to one another was new; …

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For a local grocery

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Beatrice Pook
Location: Stanford, Western Cape, South Africa
Wounded Place: Other

When wondering which wounded place is calling today,the recently burned down main grocery store/supermarket in the center of our little village came to mind. There had been much unhappiness about the services of the shop.The …

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A Bird for the Rafters

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Frank Goryl and Lissa Jeannot
Location: Moscow Clayworks, Moscow, PA
Wounded Place: Climate change | Natural disasters | War & Violence

Lissa has been able to join us in Moscow and get some distance from the social upheaval in Haiti.* The clay bird she made today has found its way into the rafters of our back …

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Lake Superior Earth Exchange

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Sheila Coughlin
Location: Wisconsin Point Lot # 1, Superior, WI
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Mineral extraction | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Other | Waste

It was a beautiful, sunny day with powerful winds on Wisconsin Point Beach in Superior, WI. The waves crashed to shore with great strength speaking of the power inherent in Gichi-gami. The 2019 Lake Superior …

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Honoring the Ocean

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Nancy Margulies
Location: Montara State Beach, Montara, CA
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

Ten of us gathered on the beach on a warm sunny day and began by searching for litter we could pick up. Great news: there was NONE! We then gathered to share stories of hope …

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Treephilia

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Jennifer Wilhoit
Location: Edge of the Grand Forest
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Other | Plants | Trees Read more »

Das abgeholzte Tannholz

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Yvonne Meyer
Location: Tannholz, CH-3214 Ulmiz
Wounded Place: Trees

Wir treffen uns und laufen durch Feld und Wiese los, ein Reh springt vor uns auf. Beim Einfang zum Wald tanzen wir einen Dankestanz für die Elemente. Danach singen wir das Lied: “Meine Füsse fest …

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The River Is Us

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Joy Kreves
Location: The Delaware Riverbank at Washington Crossing Park, NJ, just south of Titusville, NJ
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

The weather was perfect today, after many, many days of  torrential rains in the area.  Everyone who had expressed interest in joining me today bowed out, so only my husband and I went to our …

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Global Earth Exchange for an old candy factory

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Reggie Marra
Location: Peter Paul Mounds Factory, Naugatuck, CT
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites

I did a solo Global Earth Exchange today, June 22, at the former site of the Peter Paul Mounds factory in Naugatuck, CT. Opened in 1922, closed in 2007, razed in 2011 and still a …

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Baseline Creep for the Black River

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Sasha Daucus
Location: Sportsman Park in Poplar Bluff, MO
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Natural disasters | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees | Waste

Annette Joseph, an Episcopal Priest working in rural Missouri, and I met at Sportsman Park in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, to do a Global Earth Exchange. Our focus was on “Baseline Creep”, a term that describes …

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Healing the Waters of the World

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Marla Ferguson
Location:
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

This year my friend, Laura and I did a ceremony honoring all of the waters of the Earth for our Global Earth Exchange. I labeled 4 jars with labels of Rivers, Lakes, Oceans and Drinking. …

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Larchfall: Beauty in and for a Damaged Larch Forest

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Trebbe Johnson
Location: Florence Shelly Wetlands, Thompson, PA 18465
Wounded Place: Trees

Although I have walked in this preserve, just a mile from my home, many hundreds of times over the past 30 years, there are always surprises. Today was no exception. First, I woke up in …

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Ten Years in a Row

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Michael Beck
Location: Navarre Beach, Florida USA
Wounded Place: Natural disasters Read more »

Saint Barbara of the Polish Miners

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Federico Hewson
Location: Bogatynia, Poland
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Industry & Development | Mineral extraction

Mining for brown (lignite) coal is a main industry of Poland despite EU fines. Local activists including those in the Czech Republic and Germany are working on strategies to change this and bring in a …

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Solastalgia

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Glenn Albrecht
Location: Duns Creek, NSW, Australia
Wounded Place: Climate change

This year we photographed a dead female Wallaby at the top of Wallaby Close. She must have hopped into the path of a car last night. Road kill is a huge issue in our part …

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Beach Clean Ardnahinch Beach,Ballycotton Bay Cork Ireland

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Paul Fearon
Location: Caring for the Sea/Beach Clean Ardnahinch,Cork
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Waste

At 11 am on 22 June Elmo our 15 yr old dog and Deborah my wife of 19 years spent time on Ardnahinch beach. This is close to our home and a favorite place to …

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Puri Lumbung Global Earth Exchange

Date: June 19, 2019
Author: Yudhi Ishwari
Location: Munduk, Bali, Indonesia
Wounded Place: Climate change

This year of June 2019 the clove harvest has decreased due to uncertain weather. The conditions are different from a few years ago where the wet and dry seasons were surely come on time. When …

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Afghan Peace Volunteers Global Earth Exchange

Date: June 7, 2019
Author: Afghan Peace Volunteers
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Wounded Place: War & Violence

As usual, young members of the Afghan Peace Volunteers worked together in their permaculture garden in Kabul. The mission of the Afghan Peace Volunteers is as follows: We believe that revolution for a better world is …

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Climate Change Communication Class Global Earth Exchange

Date: May 3, 2019
Author: Joanna Huxster
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Wounded Place: Climate change

I teach a course at Eckerd College every Spring semester entitled “Climate Change Communication.” At the end of the semester we talk about our own feelings of hopelessness and loss and how we can move …

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Reweaving the World: Healing and Renewal in Troubled Times

Date:
Author: Lara Lwin Treadaway
Location: Lockwood, CA 93932
Wounded Place: Other

This weekend retreat took place at Loving Earth Sanctuary, a beautiful 40 acre property in the foothills of the Santa Lucia mountains. Structured around deep ecologist Joanna Macy’s framework of The Work That Reconnects, we …

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The Wild, Sad Beauty of Gulf Coast Rising

Date: October 30, 2010
Author: Radical Joy for Hard Times
Location: Gulf Coast Rising Event
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

On Saturday, October 30, 2010, three months after the disastrous BP oil spill that had spewed 130 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico was finally stopped, Radical Joy for Hard Times presented …

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Indigenous Soul Awakens at Black Rock

Date: May 7, 2019
Author: Kinde Nebeker
Location: Indigenous Soul Awakens at Black Rock
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

I am sitting in the late afternoon sun of a summer evening on ancient limestone rocks on the shores of the Great Salt Lake— a vast desert lake, 7 times saltier than the ocean, an …

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Forest Ninja Summer Camp

Date: April 23, 2016
Author: Daniella Roze
Location: Forest Ninja Summer Camp Global Earth Exchange
Wounded Place:

Thriving Roots Wilderness School offers the Forest Ninja Summer Camp with our amazing lead instructor, Alaina Hallett, and 15 awesome children in Victoria British Columbia. The children gathered materials for and created an owl together …

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A town affected by violence

Date: April 17, 2019
Author: Diana Teresa Gutierrez
Location: A town affected by violence
Wounded Place: War & Violence

From the 2016 Global Earth Exchange Un pueblo afectado por la violencia (A town affected by violence ) (translation below) Este pueblo está afectado por la violencia donde precisamente vamos a hacer el Museo de …

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For the Hayarkon River and the Young Woman Who Almost Drowned in It

Date: June 1, 2013
Author: Fran Sorin
Location: Hayarkon River in Tel Aviv, Israel
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We chose the Hayarkon River as a wounded place for 2 reasons. First, it has gone through periods where it has been extremely polluted and toxic. The second reason is because of its relationship to …

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Beauty for the Country of Ukraine June 21, 2014

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Author:
Location:
Wounded Place:

Ukraine joined June 21 for worldwide movement Global Earth Exchange. This bird is placed on burnt ground. We were creating this bird with thoughts about the injuries that people and the land of Ukraine have …

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For the Hayarkon River and the Young Woman Who Almost Drowned in It

Date: June 1, 2013
Author: Fran Sorin
Location: HaYarkon River - Tel Aviv, Israel
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We chose the Hayarkon River as a wounded place for 2 reasons. First, it has gone through periods where it has been extremely polluted and toxic. The second reason is because of its relationship to …

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For a Slashed Forest and Slain Wolves

Date: April 3, 2019
Author: Thea Levkovitz
Location: For a slashed forest and slain wolves—Teanaway, Cascade Mountains, Washington
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects

From the 2017 Global Earth Exchange: Last week, I spent 3 days camping and hiking with two of my closest women friends. We all needed some girl time and some time in the wild. We …

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Writer’s Brook

Date:
Author: Susan Gillotti
Location: Writer's Brook, Norwich, VT
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

In our village there’s a path that leads to a running brook. There’s not a house in sight. I go there after a day of writing. I take off my sandals, slip my feet into …

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Climate Change Communication Class

Date: June 1, 2018
Author: Jo Huxster and Students
Location: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
Wounded Place: Climate change | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

The class is called Climate Change Communication and the students spent the semester learning about public understanding of climate change, social scientific studies of climate change denial, and effective communication techniques for climate change.

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Healing Ceremony

Date: June 1, 2018
Author: Lynn Wadsworth and Monroe Spivey
Location: The Willows At Red Oak—Leicester, North Carolina
Wounded Place: Other

On Global Earth Exchange Day, the women of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery sat in circle, contemplating, witnessing, and giving voice to our inherent connection to the Earth and each organism upon it.

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Weltenwandler Ausbildung

Date: June 1, 2017
Author: Helen Cat Beckers
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
Wounded Place: Other

Together with the students of our yearlong program we gathered between a field of monoculture and a raised blind. The two days before we had spent a lot of time on the land, in group …

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Rhino RadJoy

Date: June 1, 2014
Author: Janet Frangs
Location: Weenen Nature Reserve, South Africa
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects

I am a wilderness guide and I watch in horror as the animals I love are being destroyed before my very eyes.

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Sea Turtles

Date: June 1, 2013
Author: Simone Lipscomb
Location: West Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We had a small gathering and we met at our section of beach in Alabama… where we monitor and support nesting loggerhead sea turtles.

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Lake Michigan Earth Exchange by Children

Date: June 1, 2012
Author: Andrea Friedman
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

The kids and I go to the lake in the morning. It stretches, vast and shining, beyond the horizon. I am overcome with its stillness and quiet. And yet, it’s waters are in constant, rhythmic …

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For Forests Harmed by Drought, Fire, and Pine Beetle

Date: June 1, 2012
Author: Rob Meltzer
Location: Steamboat, Colorado
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Natural disasters | Plants | Trees

As you probably know, there are currently over a dozen forest fires burning here in the state of Colorado. Many thousands of people are evacuated and several hundreds of homes have burned. My close friends …

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Remembering Victims of the Tsunami

Date: June 1, 2012
Author: Hide Enomoto
Location: Tohoku region near Kyoto, Japan
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Natural disasters

I want to make beauty for the people in the Tohoku region who were hurt in the tsunami-earthquake-nuclear disaster last year, to pray for their peace of mind and for their unwillingness to give up …

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For the Gulf of Mexico

Date: June 1, 2000
Author: Mike Beck
Location: Navarre Beach, FL
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

Our beaches are being swarmed almost daily since the end of the first week of the sinking of the Deep Water Horizon with gatherings of people of all stripes: protests, prayer groups, volunteers, rallies for …

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