DISCOVER STORIES

A Collection of Experiences

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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Kreves GEEbird2021

Mutilated Trees Along River Road

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Joy Kreves
Location: Titusville, NJ
Wounded Place: Trees

Why I chose the location:  I frequently drive along River Rd to get to towns north of me. Every year trees along the road are trimmed back for the power lines. THIS year, an entire …

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Carnahan

For Wingello State Forest

Date: June 13, 2021
Author: Andy Carnahan
Location: Wingello State Forest, NSW, Australia
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Trees

Our Global Earth (Gift) Exchange 2021 was for logged pine plantation at Wingello State Forest in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. It was hard and painful. The forest was burnt in our …

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Vulnerability and shadows

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Beatrice Pook
Location: Stanford, Western Cape, South Africa
Wounded Place: Personal

My gift to Earth is the talking stick and my own vulnerability when attempting to speak from the heart and whole being, shadows included…

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What’s in the Dirt?

Date: June 11, 2021
Author: Katie Case
Location: Townhome development in metro Atlanta
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

I have lived in this new townhome development since last October, 2020. Since it’s a community still under construction, I have borne witness to how devastating a construction zone can be on the surrounding environment. …

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Cultivating Radical Joy in an age of 5G

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Julia Casciola and Alice Ashwell
Location: Cultivating radical joy in an age of 5G, / Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa
Wounded Place: Other

5G and an antidote of joy We met in a loved suburban garden, with 5G all around. Each of us carrying grief and shock at the impact of EMFs on our lives and the body …

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Peace at Piscataway Park

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Seini & Shanta
Location: Piscataway Park, MD
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Historic & Cultural Sites | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We were surrounded by dragonflies, cicadas, and the sweet smells of pollinating plants as we wandered through the tree-shaded trails of Piscataway Park. As always, the water drew us. The shoreline was scattered with driftwood …

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Acts of Beauty around an old recovering Olive Tree

Date: June 13, 2021
Author: Sanda Hrzic
Location: Brač, Croatia
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Historic & Cultural Sites | Personal | Plants | Trees | War & Violence

First photo: In the middle is a black hole of a burned old tree. A Long time ago, it was an strong olive tree, but a big fire took it away 70 years ago, (along …

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Sand dune healing

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Sharon Olver
Location: Devon UK
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | War & Violence

The exchange was enacted at a place where vehicles have torn up the landscape, destroying stability and biodiversity for military practice. Giving the gift of the colour organge for healing trauma, I created a mandala …

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Earth Listening ~ Earth Sandwich

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Sasha Daucus
Location: 1. Australia; 2. Germany; 3. UK ; 4. Isle of Mann; 5. USA; 6. USA ; 7. USA ; 8. Canada
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Historic & Cultural Sites | Industry & Development | Natural disasters | Other | Personal | Plants | Trees

Members of the Deep Adaptation Earth Listening Circle, who live around the world and meet weekly on Zoom, created an “Earth Sandwich” together. The idea is that people in different places on the globe are …

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Beauty in the Marsh

Date: May 19, 2021
Author: Debby Herman
Location: Apalachin Marsh
Wounded Place: Trees

I love to walk in the Apalachin Marsh near my home. The trail itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but the trees are very special to me. They are huge and old, stately and …

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12th annual Global Earth Exchange

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: shemmaho Daystar goodenough
Location: Zuckerberg Island
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Waste

I decided to make this event very accessible, in the sense that it was close to town, and to include children, as this type of ceremony is a perfect focus and activity to include children …

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love over time

Date: June 10, 2021
Author: caroline fairless
Location: wilmot nh
Wounded Place: Personal

We had to cut a tree whose root ball had shifted during a microburst, leaving the crown of this white pine leaning toward our bedroom. We left twelve feet of tree with the idea to …

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in wildness we trust

Date: June 11, 2021
Author: christine morro
Location: northport bay, long island ny
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

aware that our waters are threatened by acidification, climate change, careless dumping of toxins and runoff from fertilizers I offered a blessing…that we as humans remember our place on earth, as stewards and earth keepers. …

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Howells 2021

For Bluestone Wild Forest

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Polly Howells
Location: Kingston, NY
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

We created our Global Earth Exchange on the border of a parcel of land on which there is a proposed manufacturing facility that will produce steel and precast concrete bridge decking. The proposed factory is …

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From Abandoned to Grateful

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Charity Wessel
Location: Abandoned Hospital
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

This hospital sits idle in my town and as a result, the medical care is also idle. We have a small clinic now, but this is a rural area in Nevada and resources are limited. …

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Under the Dying Cherry Tree

Date: June 13, 2021
Author: Marla Ferguson-Leak
Location: Palisade, Colorado
Wounded Place: Trees

Two close friends and I came together under the large cherry tree in my yard that is dying due to an early freeze and an infestation of insects and a contagious fungus. I asked each …

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Reciprocal Medicine

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Lizabeth Kashinsky
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Wounded Place: Personal | Plants

I was supposed to be camping off the grid in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park this past weekend, and had intended to hold the Earth Exchange there. However, I was so depleted from an incredibly demanding …

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Healing place/family lineages

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Pierce Murray
Location: Tongva, Luiseno,Kizh, Cahuilla territories in Riverside, CA
Wounded Place: Personal

Healing the hurts and wounds of our family lineages on the cracked concrete covering the earth of our family home.

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“We do care … we love it”

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Glenn Albrecht
Location: Duns Creek, NSW, Australia
Wounded Place: Waste

Jill and I have been offended for a week or so by roadside litter on our local Duns Creek Road, so for our 2021 Earth Exchange we decided to go and clean it up and make a …

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Treephilia 2021

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Jennifer J. Wilhoit
Location: Nearby forested acreage
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Other | Personal | Plants | Trees

I spent a while exploring the area, appreciating its beauty and feeling grief about its imminent destruction. I then gently gathered the items for my bird and created him in a place where some leveling …

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A Glacial Experience

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Michael Beck
Location: Holgate Glacier, Alaska’s Kenai Mountains
Wounded Place: Climate change | Other Read more »

Industrial Waste by the Salish Sea (south Puget Sound)

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Desdra Dawning
Location: The shore of the Salish Sea called West Bay (southernmost tip of the Puget Sound) in Olympia Washington
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Waste

I wanted to go there to feel the barrenness of the land, stripped of vegetation, beside a very old structure still standing. I have driven by many times, but never walked down to the field. …

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Chestnut Horse Tail

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Robin Blakeman
Location: My home
Wounded Place: Personal

I have a love/hate relationship with my backyard, which is admittedly “overgrown” with what some would call weeds & small trees. It is also beautiful in terms of being a shady green space. I do …

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River Bird

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Simona Perry
Location: Lower Savannah River, Georgia USA
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Personal | RadJoy Philosophy | War & Violence

Standing on the banks of the lower Savannah/Westobou River right below the Houlihan Bridge at the public boat ramp, looking southeast I stand with Ernie by my side pondering the enormous industrial cranes of the …

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Attending to Nature’s Call

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Mary H. Reaman & Tree of LifeCommunity
Location: Dayton Ohio -
Wounded Place: Personal

15 members of Tree of Life Community met as  a wounded place.  Since covid, our vibrant, thriving spiritual community feels as if it has been clear-cut.  Just prior to the shut-down we were a growing …

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Keating 2021

The Farm

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Janet Keating
Location: Glenwood, WA
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Natural disasters

From my window on the world, 2020 bleeding into 2021, has been a time of incalculable losses across the globe and personally.  A combination of a pandemic and politics gone-wild has stressed us in ways …

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Honoring missing and endangered cottonwoods

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Trebbe Johnson
Location: Ithaca, NY
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Trees

New piers are being constructed along the Cayuga Inlet, one of the channels at the southern end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca. This development has resulted in many old cottonwood trees being cut down. Eight …

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Cleveland Embodied Lake Erie Lovers

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Meacham
Location: Lake Erie Bluffs, Ohio, USA
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

It was an amazing blessing to be together in person, to hold hands, to look into each other’s eyes, and to even share food. We took time to share what we had brought to represent …

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Uranium dumps in France

Date: June 12, 2021
Author: Harriet Sams
Location: La Creuse, France
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Mineral extraction | Waste

An eye of golden broom flower lay right at the junction of two paths. One path leading around a flooded river valley and the other to an old uranium mine. Hot and dusty, we began …

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Peace by Putah Creek

Date: June 11, 2021
Author: Carol Warren
Location: Putah Creek, Davis CA
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Industry & Development | Trees

I love the peace of this place. I sat under a 150 year old coast live oak and watched a mother duck and her chicks swim up the creek. Squirrels and jays darted here and …

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Florida Waters Earth Exchange

Date: June 6, 2021
Author: Jess Kovach
Location: Hangars Beach, Fl Atlantic Ocean
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We held a Global Earth Exchange at the water’s edge in Florida on the Atlantic coast. Many sea turtles had nested and laid eggs the night before all along this beach. We could see the …

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Memorial for ancient mother trees

Date: June 6, 2021
Author: Terry Dance Bennink
Location: Songhees First Nation
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Trees

I stood in silence and thanked the land and felled trees for offering me a home, despite their suffering.

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College Students on Dredged Land

Date: May 5, 2021
Author: Jo Huxster
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Wounded Place: Climate change | Industry & Development | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

Every Spring semester, I teach a course called Climate Change Communication. The material is fascinating but, at times, tough and discouraging. Often my students come to the class hoping that there is a secret formula …

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Climate Change Communication Class—Eckerd College

Date: May 4, 2020
Author: Claire
Location: Skaket Beach, Orleans Massachusetts
Wounded Place: Climate change

Skaket Beach, Orleans Massachusetts. This beach is one of my favorite places on the Cape to watch the sunset. The bay you see in the picture is becoming more and more of a wounded place. …

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Radical Joy for Hard Times: Healing ourselves as we try to heal the world around us

Date: May 10, 2020
Author: Jo Huxster and 2019-22 Climate Communication Class
Location: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Wounded Place: Climate change

Although I like to think that taking my Climate Change Communication class is a rewarding journey, I know that can also be emotionally taxing. We spend the entire semester talking about climate change, obviously, so …

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Recreating beauty in a wounded national park

Date: June 27, 2020
Author: Andy Carnahan
Location: Morton National Park, Echo Point Lookout, Australia
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Natural disasters | Trees

The south-east of Australia lost much of its wild places over the (southern) summer of 2019/20. Uncontainable bush fires ran through from August 2019 to early February 2020. People died, houses were lost and forest …

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For Travelers at the Border

Date: June 19, 2020
Author: Carol Zuccarino
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Wounded Place: War & Violence

Carol Zuccarino is volunteering and living at a shelter on the border of Mexico to work with asylum seekers. She sent the following description of their Global Earth Exchange: Yesterday our small group of three …

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Herman 2020

But the trees never came back

Date: June 21, 2020
Author: Debby Herman
Location: Apalachin, NY
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Mineral extraction | Trees

There are woods in back of my house that are very dear to me—I walk on the trails most of the year, and cross-country ski on them during the winter. Those woods and trails are …

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Overhauling

Date: June 27, 2020
Author: Beatrice Pook
Location: Stanford, South Africa
Wounded Place: Climate change | Personal

This year’s story: I found this sign in a shop and found it amusing as I work mainly as a massage therapist and this seemed appropriate and funny. By now, a few months later and …

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Beck 2020

What is a “worthwhile action”?

Date: June 25, 2020
Author: Mike Beck
Location: Navarre, FL
Wounded Place: Other | Personal | Trees

 What constitutes a “worthwhile action” when the whole of Earth is sick and wounded, when people are so without a sense of place they are willing to set what passes for theirs on fire?  So, …

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Martin 2020

Enemies

Date: June 23, 2020
Author: Joanne Martin
Location: Darlington, PA
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Mineral extraction | Personal

This year I am acutely aware that what I was called to do was heal my relationships with the people I am judging to have wounded the land. This became an uncomfortable practice as I …

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Hughes Austin 2020

Gratitude for nature’s spaces

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Eugene Hughes and Louise Austin
Location: London, England
Wounded Place: Personal | Plants

Louise and I decided to give gratitude to our nature spaces (Louise’s balcony and my garden ) that nurtured us through lockdown. We each spent time there at the weekend, reflecting and being with the …

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Weinbaum 2020

Centered at Home

Date: June 22, 2020
Author: Fran Weinbaum
Location: Montpelier, VT
Wounded Place: Other | Personal

This year, I placed the Radical Joy banner on our front door along with the “welcome but keep your distance” sign and a heart from Montpelier’s annual Valentine Phantom who leaves hearts ALL OVER Montpelier. …

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Lasting Stewardship

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Anne Stine
Location: Modoc National Forest
Wounded Place: Climate change | Personal | Trees

Modoc National forest is the homeland of the Modoc native peoples who were, like so many other native peoples, were driven from their homes force marched from northern California to Oklahoma where they were forced …

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Forgiving and figuring out

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Marla Ferguson
Location: Palisade, CO
Wounded Place: Personal | Trees | War & Violence

I have had a very difficult time doing this practice this week. I loved the zoom introduction and speakers last week and followed all of the questions and responses online even though I haven’t participated …

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Wounded Rivers/Wounded People

Date: June 21, 2020
Author: Janet Keating
Location: Green Bottom, WV
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | War & Violence

Story & Experience This year, 2020, I once again, returned to the banks of the Ohio River near Green Bottom, WV for my Global Earth Exchange. The Ohio River is the most polluted River in …

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Garden Earth Exchange

Date: June 20, 2020
Author: Carol Warren
Location: Davis, CA
Wounded Place: Plants

Our Earth Exchange this morning was at the garden I have been attending. It is a lovely garden enjoyed by many in the city park, although its beauty is now “western” artifice. This dry place …

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