We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age
emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology.
— E. O. Wilson
Earth Calling is not a diatribe against technology, nor is it a call
to go back to the ways of eighteenth-century farmers. Rather, it is
an examination of what is happening in our world and how we can
fix it, collectively and individually, by reconnecting with the earth
that nurtures us on a spiritual—not just a physical—level.
When Silent Spring exposed the widespread and growing use of
chemical pesticides and fertilizers and its attendant dangers, Rachel
Carson was describing an unfolding national health crisis. Now we
face that crisis on a much grander, planetary scale, with a much
larger cast of characters, part of a drama called “global warming” and
“climate change,” in which humanity has a starring role—a modern
tale of our indifference and neglect—and the consequences of
our separation from the earth. We stand, half a century after Silent
Spring, in the future Carson warned us about, asking the same questions,
wondering why the accountability is still lacking from the
same institutions that went to such lengths to undermine her dire
warnings—the government, the fossil fuel and chemical industries,
and the conventional agriculture community—when the consequences
of our inaction have never been more obvious or dispiriting.
But this time we know something we did
not know then— that saving our planet
and ourselves is up to us.
Earth Calling was written to mark the moment in time between what
we have been and what we are becoming.
It is our hope it will awaken a sense of urgency in you and help point
you toward meaningful action, not just as a consumer, but as an earthling
with an open heart who can hear the call of your spirit.
For Ted and me, writing this book became our earth calling.
What are you being called to do?
Tread softly. All the earth is holy ground.
— Christina Rossetti
Stay tuned for another excerpt from Earth Calling!