Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World

Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World

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The environmental “tipping point” we approach is more palpable each day, and people are seeing it in ways they can no longer ignore—we need only turn on the news to hear the litany of what is wrong around us. Serious reflection, inspiration, and direction on how to approach the future are now critical.

Hope Beneath Our Feet creates a space for change with stories, meditations, and essays that address the question, “If our world is facing an imminent environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?” This collection provides tools, both practical and spiritual, to those who care about our world and to those who are just now realizing they need to care. Featuring prominent environmentalists, artists, CEOs, grassroots activists, religious figures, scientists, policy makers, and indigenous leaders, Hope Beneath Our Feet shows readers how to find constructive ways to channel their energies and fight despair with engagement and participation. Presenting diverse strategies for change as well as grounds for hope, the contributors to this anthology celebrate the ways in which we can all engage in beneficial action for ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Contributors include:
Diane Ackerman
Paul Hawken
Derrick Jensen
Barbara Kingsolver
Francis Moore Lappé
Barry Lopez
Bill McKibben
Michael Pollan
Alice Walker
Howard Zinn

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583944035
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Series: Io Series , #67
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,006,852
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Martin Keogh is the author of As Much Time as It Takes: A Guide for the Bereaved, Their Family and Friends. He teaches interpersonal communication skills using improvisational arts and partner dancing. The founder of The Dancing Ground, which produces conferences and symposia on gender, race, and mythology, he lives in North Easton, MA.

Table of Contents

Introduction Martin Keogh ix

Chapter 1 What's at Stake

Commencement Address Paul Hawken 3

Awakening to Our Evolutionary Responsibility Andrew Cohen 8

The Original Human Vocation Barbara Kingsolver 11

Living with Losing Ben Gadd 15

Humanity's Rite of Passage Anodea Judith 24

Why Bother? Michael Pollan 29

Chapter 2 A Way Forward

Letter from the Future Vicki Robin 41

A Way Forward in an Uncertain Future Susan Feathers 49

Living with Purpose in the End Times Jamie McHugh 53

Love the Things We Love Larry Santoyo 58

Gandhi Then and Now Michael N. Nagler 62

Inspiring and Sustaining Action Over Time Ruskin K. Hartley 68

Chapter 3 Taking Single Steps

Dusting Off the Energy Solution in the Basement Dana Goldman 73

Every Day We Choose Frances Moore Lappé 76

With the Turn of a Key, I Can Make a Difference Neige Christenson 82

Shut Up and Vote Eric Rubury 86

One Piece of Paper Kristine Alach 90

A Five-Hundred-Year Plan Jane Hayes 93

Chapter 4 Little Steps to Big Leaps

Fight It Head On Bill McKibben 99

Become an Urban Homesteader Kelly Coyne Erik Knutzen 102

To Build a Better Future, Start with a Better Question Jeffrey Hollender 106

Getting Ready for Change Bill Mollison 111

Thinking Like an Island Michael Ableman 115

The World Is Falling Apart! What Should I Do? Susan Bartlett 122

Challanging a Corporation to Clean Up Its Act Thaï Mazur 125

Nothing Else Matters Derrick Jensen 132

Chapter 4 The Body of the World

Eyes Wide Open Chameli Gad Ardagh 137

The Healing Power of Nature Diane Ackerman 140

A Sense of Place-A Sense of Self Ian McCallum 145

Body as Place Nala Walla 150

Morality Is a Somatic Experience Tom Myers 158

Earth Rights Dr. Vandana Shiva 166

Indigenous Mind Kaylnn Sullivan 170

Chapter 6 Balanced Engagement

Wonder: A Practice for Everyday Life Munju Ravindra 177

Embodying Change Cheryl Pallant 183

The World Doesn't Need to Be Saved Byron Katie 188

What Keeps Me Alive: Making It Real Chaia Heller 193

In the Climate Era the Personal Is Political Tzeporah Berman 197

Coping with New Realities Linda Buzzell 201

Chapter 7 Meditations on Living in These Times

Eden Is a Conversation Barry Lopez 209

Fostering Light in Dark Times Vivienne Simon 213

From Mourning into Daybreak Nina Simons 217

Walking Up from Despair Opeyemi Parham 225

River Gods Ken Lamberton 232

Questions for a Sacred Life Bodhi Be 238

To Do the Will of God, Come What May Alice Walker 243

Chapter 8 Hope in Challenging Times

To Endure Climate Chaos, Live Dangerously and Cultivative Hope Brian Tokar 247

Fighting Fatalism about War John Horgan 253

Little by Little Margaret Trost 256

The Grandmothers Speak Jeneane Prevatt Ann Rosencranz 260

The Ultimate Miracle Worker Jalaja Bonheim 265

The Challenge of Building Sustainably Scott Rodwin 269

The Optimism of Uncertainty Howard Zinn 277


Sabbaths: VI Wendell Berry 283

Gratitude 287

Index 291

About the Editor 303

Permissions and Copyrights 304

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