Flooding on the Bobonaza River

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The Bobonaza River runs through the Ecuadorian Amazon region. It recently flooded, destroying the homes and food gardens of thousands of indigenous people.

The floods, a result of climate change and deforestation, are threatening the lives of people who are on the front lines protecting forests and fighting the encroachment of extractive industries.

This month, we made our donation to Amazon Watch’s effort to provide shelter, food, and clothing for people affected by the flooding as they rebuild their communities. Please join us in supporting them in their time of need.

Wet’suwet’en

The five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have full jurisdiction over their land. Canadian Federal and Provincial governments can not legally grant permits to industries with interest on Wet’suwet’en land.

The Wet’suwet’en have opposed all pipeline proposals and have not given free, prior, and informed consent for Coastal Gas Link pipeline owned by TC (formerly TransCanada) to work on their lands. Yet the Canadian government is not upholding Wet’suwet’en rights and the people are now blocking the largest hydraulic fracturing (fracking) project in Canadian history.

In December 2019, the court granted an extension to CGL’s injunction, allowing Royal Canadian Mounted Police to continue to arrest and remove anyone they consider could be involved in preventing the works and RCMP has begun to restrict supplies going to the camps.

Please consider joining me in supporting the Wet’suwet’en exerting their legal and lawful rights to their land, tradition, and heritage.

Lakota People’s Law Project

This month I chose to support the Lakota People’s Law Project. They are a powerful and dynamic team that came together to protect Native children and families and are now, in partnership with Native communities, “protect sacred lands, safeguard human rights, promote sustainability, reunite indigenous families, and much more.” I invite you to learn more about and support their work.

Ayni

Today I am making my first donation in gratitude to the practices that inform my work.  I invite you to learn more about the Navajo Water Project – a community-managed utility that brings running water to people without access to water or sewers – and to follow @digdeepwater on Instagram to be informed and to find our ways to be responsible to our greater family.

Grateful

Although it was so frustrating (and required an inordinate number of emails and chats with tech-support) for me to get my website up, I now can breathe and see the love in the images I selected – two of my best friends coming to East Africa for my 50th in Zanzibar; my dreams-do-come-true hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro; the leopard photographed by my uncle when we were all on safari together in the Maasai Mara; the portrait taken by my friend Cat Gwynn reminding me of my amazing friends around the globe; celebrating the 50th birthdays of my best friend from high school and his wife (who I adore beyond words) in Pantelleria; and the otherworldly magic of Ngorongoro Crater after the rains. And it makes me smile from deep inside.

Inspiration: Thich Nhat Hanh

If we are going to heal the earth, we must first heal ourselves. Thich Nhat Hanh says: “if people cannot save themselves from their own suffering, how can they be expected to worry about the plight of Mother Earth?”

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/zen-master-thich-nhat-hanh-love-climate-change