It’s part of my life’s work to care for Parent Earth, model responsibility, understand my role or place in the forest and in Oregon in general. Yes, I want to keep living in Oregon for a while–it’s my home now. I want to make art about these truths, including writing about them.
No, I don’t get paid for it. But caring for Parent Earth is my life’s work. I can care for Parent Earth like this.
- building up the soil
- picking up trash and disposing of trash properly
- reducing consumption to reduce trash
- fixing things rather than throwing them away
- eating local and low on the food chain
- saving seed
- eating homegrown, organic, biodynamic, biointensive, regenerative
- polluting less
- supporting responsible farmers
- using water in a good way
- riding trikes / bikes
- speaking up for earth liberation
- supporting forest defenders, water defenders, mine resisters
- putting a stop to nuclear weapons testing
- putting a stop to war and other military harm that pollutes and sucks resources
- learning about plants, animals, water, permaculture, and earth justice
- feeding hungry people and caring for people with street medicine and No More Deaths, since we’re part of nature
I also care for Parent Earth with prayer, ritual, and spending time with her. She’s a beautiful planet. I love my home on earth.
The schism between people who treat the forest as sacred vs treat the forest as income to exploit is painful. But it’s not always binary. Many people think they don’t have a choice, for the harm they do.
Just because someone’s house burns down in a forest fire doesn’t mean they have a one-sided view of the role of forests or what it means to defend them. People are so delightfully complicated.
Yesterday my good friend was telling me what she likes best about me. I loved to read her list, and I learned that she appreciates how I love Parent Earth. I felt happy that she sees that about me and values it.
Yes, I have agency. I’m just a drop in the ocean, but I can try to sway culture toward caring about beauty and everyone’s health.
I’m sorry Oregon was formed with racism and that the people who are white and have money hoard power disproportionately.
Protecting the water and air as well as plant, fungal, animal diversity is more important than almost anything. There are many, many ways for humans to make money. Exploiting the earth hurts all of us. We don’t need to make money at the expense of all of us.
People with money have big voices. Parent Earth has a more quiet voice. It’s our responsibility to care for Parent Earth, not to protect income.
This post was sparked by a survey I took about forest management and how to prioritize wild land usage in Oregon. I stole some of my own answers to survey questions, popped them into my wordpress, and fleshed them out, to make this post.
I thought you might like the list of what I do to care for Parent Earth and a few of the ideas. How do you care for Parent Earth?
I asked Ming about the No More Deaths, street medicine, feeding hungry people item. It makes sense to me, that people are part of nature. And a person has used a lot of resources just to survive–we might as well take care of people, to use resources wisely.
Not sure that makes sense to you. Maybe you could explain it better. I hope you’re getting what you need. I love you.