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Monday, 30 July 2012 22:11

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The Spirituality of Voting with Our Dollars

by Liz Brown Morgan/Backyard Agrarian

What once were novel concepts, are now mainstream. What once felt like stepping to the fringes of society, now feels like the beating heart of it. Organic farming and supporting organics continues to gain momentum. School and community gardens are suddenly deeply woven into the fabric of American normalcy. Cities proudly are bike friendlier and friendlier. People everywhere, conservative and liberal, across the country, know that the system can’t go on like this. The trust in the global corporate system is gone and people are beginning to prepare. People are relearning survival skills, and they are realizing that their survival is totally dependant on a thriving system of wild nature around them.  

As we arise to this new era, it is finally time to stop trying to prove we are right – we already have, and the swell is in our direction. Now we look to building the future, and ignoring the stalwarts, the buggards, the old guard.

The editor of the great UK publication, Permaculture Magazine, Maddy Harland recently wrote, “We are at an agonizing point in human evolution. Yet, despite the pain, we have to keep working on whatever scale our lives allow.” (No. 73 Autumn 2012).

There is opposition to a sustainable, sensible, live-within-our means, rejuvenative,  earth friendly, healthy, love-filled, consciousness-lifted societal shift.

We can now say publicly that we are at an agonizing point in human history, and that’s because we are. There is so much momentum, and the technical know how is in place, to burst into a new cultural awareness that provides for continued and enlightened human civilization which is part and parcel of a stunningly healthier planet. And yet we are drug down by the senselessness of the power structure that just simply won’t let it happen. The oil companies are not on board. The pharmaceutical companies are not on board. The bankers and financiers are not on board. And because of them, the government is not on board. And they are an awful lot to take on--even in the pursuit of global happiness and stability.

It’s become so obvious that it is just part of the discussion now. There is a major birthing event that needs to happen and the society is becoming more and more ready for it. As we vote with our dollars in fast pursuit of the future we want, as we build wealth (of many kinds) in our community, we shall see, we shall see – if we can make it happen fast enough to save oursleves.

We shall see if we can change the shape of what the pursuit of happiness looks like. The things we buy are no longer the ultimate object of desire, but the future we will create for our society with the things we buy – seeds, a garden hoe, a pair of locally handmade shoes, a repurposed party dress, a fair trade cup of organic coffee, an apple tree for City Hall.

When we shop, not to fill a void, but a cultural imperative, we are participating in something that is vital to fulfilling our purpose as humans; as caretakers, and tenders of this precious place and of the creatures who depend on us to do our job thoughtfully and lovingly.

The disposable culture has to end or the culture will be disposed of, and in 2012, after The Death of Environmentalism, something else has arisen. Standing on the shoulders of the environmental movement, which at least sort of dealt with some terrible toxicity issues, and put in place systems (if meager) of oversight and limits, there’s something that more fully deals with the future. Call it holistic sustainability or permaculture or transition or localization or Backyard Agrarianism or the basic pursuit of human dignity; whatever you call it, when we spend our dollars as if each one was a precious donation to the future, our hearts and souls, our spiritual beings, will feel right with the world.

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About Liz Brown Morgan & Backyard Agrarian

Liz is the founder of Backyard Agrarian, the inventor of TareWare and the author of the Falcon Guide to Foraging in the Rocky Mountains (expected publication Spring 2013 by Pequot Press).

"I want to be the Julia Child of sustainability. I want to bring sustainability into every home in America, and to transform American culture into one that is healthy for us humans and for the planet. I want to do this is a way that is compassionate and fun and that will create a cultural shift that will last for a very long time. I don't believe in packaged or poisoned or tortured food and I think we must shift away from these things towards a culture of nature-based rejuvenation."

Contact me to discuss how I can help you make your home, office, TV set, or school greener and happier.

Liz holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Colgate University with a specialty in Native American cultures. She also attended Vermont Law School where she earned both a J.D. and a Master's Degree in Environmental Law and Policy with a specialty in food, health and agriculture issues.

Liz spent over a decade as an outdoor guide and recreation specialist where she had the important job of introducing city folks to The Nature.

Liz is regularly asked to speak about issues of sustainability and water in Colorado. She has been quoted in articles for the Boulder Daily Camera and the Denver Post, has been a guest on KGNU radio, Boulder's Channel 8 TV, the Boulder County Ecosystems Symposium, the University of Colorado INVST program, and has written articles published in elephant journal, The Blue Line,  Living Green Magazine, Women of Green, Leisure Travel Magazine and others.

Liz lives in the hills outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband Rich and dogs Basil and Buster. She tries to heed the sage advice of Edward Abby and save plenty of time for foraging, rafting, skiing, and enjoying life, family and friends.

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