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Earth Exchange for a Shopping Mall

Wounded Place: Industry & Development

Charlottesville, Virginia My visit to the shopping mall area was quite powerful. I made this butterfly out of construction materials and flowers.  

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From the Lake District to Dorset

Date: June 23, 2019
Author: Benet Waterman and Alizon
Location: West Dorset, England
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites

As we set off for our vacation in West Dorset, we expected to find many sadly neglected areas along the roadside and around service stations as we journeyed and had planned to do ‘guerrilla sowing …

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Kilvey Earth Exchange

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Emma Quick
Location: Swansea, Wales, UK
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites

My mother had an operation the day before the Global Earth Exchange, so due to the uncertainty as to how that would unfold, we didn’t make it official, as didn’t want to let people down. …

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Smooth Rock Croc

Date: June 29, 2019
Author: Zoe Elliston
Location: Essex, VT
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

It was really fantastic to share this event with a friend. We saw all this construction in the town and choose that as a place to honor. We honored what came before the new building …

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The Occasional Beauty of Barbed Wire

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: The Occasional Beauty of Barbed Wire
Location: Earth Teach Forest Park, Ashland, Oregon
Wounded Place: Other

The land we were on for our wilderness rites of passage program is private land with a logging history. There is a big tumble of rusted, old barbed wire right near basecamp. So on June …

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Pilgrimage in a Burnt Forest

Date: June 15, 2019
Author: Anna Coffman
Location: Donnell Fire, Donnell Reservoir, California
Wounded Place: Climate change | Natural disasters | Trees

I head into the Sierras to explore the area burnt by the Donnell Fire in 2018. Wikipedia says that 36,450 acres (147.5 km2) were burnt, but I don’t have any concept of what that means. I …

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Church of the Woods Earth Exchange

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Stephen Blackmer and Church of the Woods
Location: Church of the Woods, Canterbury, New Hampshire
Wounded Place: Trees

The people of Church of the Woods in Canterbury, NH, USA, gathered on a little knoll amidst a forest that is vibrantly regrowing after destructive logging. Humans have cut forests around the globe for centuries, …

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Share Love, Not Trash

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Liz Hanna
Location: East Rock Park
Wounded Place: Plants | Trees | Waste

The walk through the park to the site I had in mind was a mixed experience for me: I walked with my partner, who is not familiar with the paths, and felt somewhat self-conscious of …

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Date: July 3, 2019
Author: Dumisani Madhlophe
Location: Tlholego Village, South Africa
Wounded Place: Other

Good morning all, I personally had and felt a rush of rejuvenating experiences, moments and thoughts. I came to Tlholego as a neo-nomad, looking to experience exactly what a former scout would expect… Normal camping, …

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The Willows at Red Oak (women’s recovery program)

Date: June 22, 2019
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Wounded Place: Other

The group first individually shared “sacred” places in nature to which they feel personally connected. Then we participated in a sit-spot experiential, focusing on connecting with the space and asking if there was any “wisdom” …

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Heartflow: Honoring the Housatonic River

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Sarah Natan
Location: Great Barrington, MA
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We had an amazing event to honor the Housatonic River and lift up the Rights of Nature movement for the Berkshires.  Over 60 people participated in song, inquiry, contemplation, music making, and offering for the …

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Land Healing After Fire

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Bonnie Sundance
Location: Nederland, Colorado
Wounded Place: Natural disasters

Sunday the 23 of June, I am hitchhiking to the site of my cabin, when I see a hawk circling above. I know it is a sign to me of reassurance from the Spirit world …

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Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Lizabeth Kashinsky
Location: Bellows AFS, Waimanalo
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Historic & Cultural Sites | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees | War & Violence

Nine of us came together for our Global Earth Exchange. There were a couple who had participated previously but most were new to the practice. We started by sharing our names and why we chose …

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An Environmental Mistake

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Vandy Wilkinson
Location: Hamamatsu, Japan
Wounded Place: Industry & Development

I wore the 2011 T shirt to my zazen session on June 22 and asked permission to talk about the meaning of the event, the picture, the purpose of the artwork. We had a pretty …

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The Politics of Ecology

Date: June 26, 2019
Author: Eugene Hughes
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Waste

I made a small bird from blue plastic. My creative act is captured in this picture which is the edge between a toxic field and a superfund site—both edged up together. The image I took …

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Renewing Our Covenant with the Earth

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Location: Houston, TX
Wounded Place: Other

Our event was small this year. My neighbors and I gathered to sit with the trees and plants in my front yard, create intentions (which we burned—see photos), and take vows:   Renewing Our Vows …

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Daring to Bear Witness: Valley Brook, Cheshire, England

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Jane Smith
Location: Valley Brook, running through Alsager, Cheshire (UK)
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

A small group of us from the local branch of Animal Welfare Party (seven people – five adults and two children – plus three dogs) met at Fanny’s Croft and slowly followed the course of …

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Honoring Healing Waters

Date: July 19, 2019
Author: Sandy Shea
Location: Slate River, near Crested Butte, CO
Wounded Place: Historic & Cultural Sites | Mineral extraction | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

We met in the early morning on the summer solstice at the river.  Our group included elders, parents and children.  Together we created a ceremony where all participants added to our communal offering to acknowledge, …

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All Are Our Relations

Date: June 30, 2019
Author: Corinna Stevenson
Location: Ravenwood, Sayward, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects | Climate change | Oceans + Lakes + Rivers | Plants | Trees

Once, all people lived in close relationship with nature. Time and history have withered the bond between the human and the other-than-human world. Despite this, the Earth and All Our Relations continue to generously give …

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Anointing Land

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Julia Casciola
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Wounded Place: Industry & Development | Other

Mid-winter and raining finely. I chose this piece of land because I pass it every day. It is both wounded and beautiful, like me and most of us. Wounded as it includes a polluted stream, …

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The Land of Sorrow

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Claire Hayes
Location: Dunshaughlin, Ireland
Wounded Place: War & Violence

Ireland is traditionally known as ‘the land of saints and scholars’. As I planned how I could bring joy to wounded places, I wondered if in more recent times it is becoming ‘the land of …

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Radical Joy

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Janet Keating
Location: Dolly Sods Wilderness, Davis, West Virginia
Wounded Place: Mineral extraction | Trees

This year’s Global Earth Exchange found me in a beautiful place in West Virginia—Dolly Sods Wilderness Area—a place once deeply wounded, but now transformed by loving intentions and nature’s resilience. I’ve been returning there whenever …

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remembering, honoring, celebrating our sacred connection to earth

Date: June 14, 2019
Author: christine morro
Location: Atlantic Ocean, Sagaponack NY
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

I recently heard a talk on Parabola’s podcast on Renewal…these words brought me back to the morning of my rad joy creation in Sagaponack “small things with great love reach farther than we can see” …

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Radical Joy for WHALES

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Janet Frangs and Sonia Pithey
Location: Durban, South Africa
Wounded Place: Animals + Birds + Insects

Radical Joy…. the whales did not show up but I have no doubt they heard us!!!! Thank you to the musicians, poets, story tellers, sharers and creatives who shared their wonderful talents. Thank you to …

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Annual Global Earth Exchange at Wyman Park

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Lisa McCall and Autumn VanOrd
Location: Wyman Park, Baltimore, Maryland
Wounded Place: Other | Waste

Autumn and I were joined by my friend Chrisa this year as we returned to Wyman Park in Baltimore, MD. This area is in the city and has a stream that has been plagued by …

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Grandmother Oak at Habari House

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Sandy Skrei and Krystyna Jurzykowski
Location: High Hope Ranch, Glen Rose, TX
Wounded Place: Trees

Oak wilt has been devasting the oak trees that so many of us in the Texas Hill Country identify with and love. Our trees at High Hope are no exception, and now our most beloved …

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Lone Loon on the Water

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Megan Toben
Location: The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain
Wounded Place: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers

Mid-morning, one Community Member created a Loon out of branches and flowers.  She made her offering and left it floating on the pond. A few hours later, more people visited the waters, recognizing that the …

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For the waters of Denmark

Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Susanne Joergensen
Location: Traenekaer, Denmark
Wounded Place: Other

As in the past, the water well in my yard was the focus of a private event. I have become very saddened by the many findings of pesticides in the drinking water throughout Denmark, forcing …

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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

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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Date: June 22, 2019
Author: Jennifer Wilhoit
Location: Edge of the Grand Forest
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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
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
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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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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

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

The Reweaving the World 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, …

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