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Gaia in the News

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Gaia, mother of everything

For the beauty of the earth,
this spinning blue-green ball, yes!
Gaia, mother of everything,
we walk gently across your back,
to come together again
in this place,
to remember how we can live
to remember who we are
to create how we will be.
Gaia, our home,
the lap in which we live –
welcome us.

Words by Barbara J. Pescan

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the Earth system is lawful and ordered

This recognition that the Earth system is lawful and ordered remains an integral part of indigenous understanding and governance in Africa. Moreover, whereas the dominant, human-centred legal paradigm objectifies the natural world as “property,” “resource” or “commodity,” identifying humans as sole subjects of law, the cosmologies of traditional peoples de-centre and re-situate the human as part of a “communion of subjects” within Nature. Humans are understood to be one constituent member among many others in a vibrant web of interdependent relationships that collectively compose Gaia, our living Earth.

Carlotta Byrne, “The Emergence of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa,” from The Conscious Lawyer #5, page 54

Footnote: “communion of subjects” is from Thomas Berry

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the animate Earth that enfolds us

Perhaps it is time to counter our dangerously outdated mechanistic worldview with a more fruitful, more soulful, science-based idea in tune with the wisdom of our ancestors that inspires us to uncover our deep indigenous connection with the earthly community of rocks, atmosphere, water and living beings — with the animate Earth that enfolds us.

Stephan Harding, “Animate Earth” in Earthy Realism: The Meaning of Gaia

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Gaia in the News

  • Hearing Gaia’s Call
    Some crazy human named Bart Everson explicates Gaianism for The Wild Hunt, part of the “Spotlight on Tradition” series.
  • Pelosi: Mother Earth Is Angry and She’s Telling Us
    “Mother Earth is angry… She’s telling us with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, whatever it is, that the climate crisis is real and has an impact.” This remark by Nancy Pelosi drew the predictable ire of conservative PJ Media who accused her of being anti-science and “going full Gaia” — a familiar smear to those who have been paying attention.
  • Therme Art’s Wellbeing Culture Forum: Growing Gaia
    (Talk 1 & Talk 2)
    Architects and designers discuss the “challenges of the Anthropocene” and how Gaia theory informs their work. A couple hours of video here.  
  • Gaia & Dubos debuts a sustainable fall clothing collection
    A number of fashion lines use the name Gaia for purposes that are not always clear. In this case, at least, it represents an explicit claim to sustainability.

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The planet is you

If we see the Earth as just a block of matter lying outside of us, then we have not yet truly seen the Earth. We need to be able to see that we are part of the Earth, and to see that the entire Earth is in us. The Earth is also alive; it has intelligence and creativity. If the Earth were inert matter, it could not give birth to countless great beings, including the Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and Moses. The Earth is also mother to our parents and to us. Looking with the eyes of non-discrimination, we can establish a very close relationship with the Earth. We look at the Earth with our heart and not with the eyes of cold reasoning. You are the planet, and the planet is you.

Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Living
(via Contemplative Inquiry)