The Earth Speaks – Are We Listening?

“Mike Flanagan, a professor of wildland fires at the University of Alberta, says the fire’s proximity to the city (of Fort McMurray), as well as data that shows there were no lightning strikes in the area, lead him to believe the cause of the fire was likely human” (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/05/05/fort-mcmurray-fire-cause_n_9850128.html). Other experts say forest fires are more frequent, and more intense, due to climate change (caused by humans). “New research suggests that hydraulic fracking of oil and gas wells is behind earthquakes caused by humans in Western Canada” (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/29/fracking-earthquakes_n_9565096.html).

What is this insane wildfire in Fort McMurray really about?
What is this insane wildfire in Fort McMurray really about?

 

from www.patheos.com
from http://www.patheos.com

Hurricane Sandy is another example. Was the name given to super storm Hurricane Sandy really coincidental? Those interested in Greek myths may recall that Cassandra (often shortened to Sandra or Sandy) was granted the gift of prophecy. Given by Apollo, he himself was “god of truth and healing but also plague and death. He  had dominion over the ‘Colinies’ or city-states of which Sandy’s landfall New York is a modern day equivalent… Sandy was surely nature’s way of giving us a foretaste of the revenge of Gaia” (The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back – and How we Can Still Save Humanity (2006) is a book by James Lovelock). Read more about Hurricane Sandy as Cassandra at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-11-20/hurricane-cassandra).

On Thursday (2 blogs foreward), a poem by Hannah Renglich expresses “for lost land and wayward soil” in a deeply felt way.

Published by Kaytlyn Creutzberg, BSc, NSch, MA

#SayItLikeItIs: In her two years of graduate work (2016-2018), Kaytlyn learned the art of bearing witness to an unheard collection of stories about human dignity. She first explored how she could apply a spiritual care therapeutic model to how farmers relate to their land. Realizing a greater cultural narrative was implicated, she then studied the impact of collective memory on cultural narratives and the pervasive "don't care" attitudinal construct towards Earth and Her landscapes. (formerly Gayl)

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