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#11 David Bronner and the All-One Legacy

Muse Ecology

Release Date: 07/13/2019

#23 Life and Lithium at Thacker Pass show art #23 Life and Lithium at Thacker Pass

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In this episode in the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series, we hear diverse voices from the resistance to the proposed lithium mine at Thacker Pass in northern Nevada, on Paiute and Shoshone ancestral lands.

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#22 Judith Schwartz and Walter Jehne: Climate Change Narrative Shift show art #22 Judith Schwartz and Walter Jehne: Climate Change Narrative Shift

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In this conversation with author Judith Schwartz and scientist Walter Jehne, we discuss the importance of the shift from seeing the Earth as a resource base to seeing ourselves as enmeshed in a web of life that both manages and depends on natural processes.  In particular, we focus on how this perspective shift affects how we understand and are empowered to address anthropogenic climate change.

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#21 Paul Cereghino Part 2: Bioregional Restoration and Social Complexity show art #21 Paul Cereghino Part 2: Bioregional Restoration and Social Complexity

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In this conversation with Paul Cereghino, we discuss some of the challenges of collaborating in groups and groups of groups to protect and restore the Earth, including such topics as the role of online interactions, the importance of place-based reality, benefits and pitfalls of systems like sociocracy, Covid complications, and much more.

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#20 Paul Cereghino Part 1:  Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping show art #20 Paul Cereghino Part 1: Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping

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In this episode in the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series, we explore one of the great challenges on our way back to harmony:  humans.  Through the lens of his Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping project in western Washington State, Paul Cereghino and I discuss some of the interhuman and intergroup complexities of grassroots ecological restoration efforts.

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#19 The Mangrove Action Project show art #19 The Mangrove Action Project

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In this episode we continue the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series with Alfredo Quarto, co-founder and international program director of the Mangrove Action Project.  In our conversation with Alfredo, we discuss the importance of mangrove ecologies, their devastation by the shrimp farming industry, and how the mangrove action project uses an approach called Community Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration to facilitate their natural regeneration.

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#18 Neal Spackman; The Business of Restoring the Earth show art #18 Neal Spackman; The Business of Restoring the Earth

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We continue the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series with Neal Spackman, ecological restoration designer, regenerative entrepreneur, and bold visionary. Previously in this series, we heard how agriculture and development having long been destroying ecology and hydrology, causing disruptions of weather and climate systems, and leading to the fall of empires. Neal is working to change that ancient dynamic, by restoring ecological function and hydrology to regenerate economies and rainfall patterns.

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#17 Felipe Pasini, Syntropic Farming show art #17 Felipe Pasini, Syntropic Farming

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Since millennia before the early states of Mesopotamia, farming has been a complexity-destroying process.  In this episode, we'll hear from Felipe Pasini about an agricultural approach called Syntropic Farming that reverses this process, facilitating greater ecological complexity while providing for human needs.

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#16 Li An Phoa, Drinkable Rivers show art #16 Li An Phoa, Drinkable Rivers

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In this second episode in the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization Series, I'm grateful to be able to share this inspiring conversation with Li An Phoa, creator of the Drinkable Rivers movement.  Li An is a scientist, activist, and river walker, working to mobilize watersheds to engage in citizen science and work together towards the return of drinkability to their river. 

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#15 Professor Millan Millan:  The Second Leg of Climate Change show art #15 Professor Millan Millan: The Second Leg of Climate Change

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In this episode we learn about what Professor Millan Millan calls "the second leg of human-induced climate change", how our land use changes lead to major disruptions of weather and climate patterns, independently of changes due to warming from carbon emissions. 

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#14 Prelude to the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization Series show art #14 Prelude to the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization Series

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In this prelude to the upcoming series dealing with Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization, we take a look at the historical and mythological roots of civilization's discord, and set the tone for the series with a new song and some poignant clips from the next three episodes that remind us of the dynamic complexity we are interconnected with.

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In spring 2018 I visited the headquarters of the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap Company in Vista, California, where the Bronner family carries on the legacy of 5 generations of traditional soapmaking and the quirky and passionate All-One vision of Emmanuel Bronner (Dr. Bronner).  You are probably familiar with their colorful liquid soap bottles covered with words exuberantly enumerating what Dr. Bronner called the Moral ABC's.

The Bronner Family still uses their castillian soap product as a platform for world healing.  I met with David Bronner, Emmanuel's grandson, intending to discuss the new Regenerative Organic Certification that they are championing along with Patagonia, The Rodale Institute, and quite a few other companies who are seeking to help create a more harmonious agricultural system. 

David also invited Mickey Norris and Chris Conrad to join our factory tour and conversation. David described Chris and Mickey as "the godfather and godmother of cannabis" because of their 30 plus years of pioneering advocacy work towards legalizing cannabis.

We ended up discussing much more than just regenerative agriculture, but it all fluently flowed together in the All-One story.  Legalization of psychedelics and cannabis, regenerative grazing and dietary choices, bison, beaver, David's relationship with his granddad, the history of soapmaking...you can't really draw the line between these threads, for it's All One or None!  Exceptions Eternally?  Absolute None!  All One!  All One!

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You can visit Dr. Bronner's website at www.drbronner.com.

Here's the official website for Regenerative Organic Certification:  www.regenorganic.org.

The silly, swaggery instrumental music used in the intro and outro this episode is instrumental clips from a recording of my song Meter Maid Betty from a few years ago at Dave Clark's (Banjo Dave's) house.  Such a pleasure to play with the amazing Ross Plunkett on trumpet and the sweet, sultry sounds of Angelica Pray singing along here and there.  Katie was on the flute, but I forgot her last name. Good times.  I hope to play with you folks again. Here's that full recording:

 

 

And again, I want to thank Peia, the angelic Songkeeper who has allowed me to use her song The Old Ways Restored for my Muse Ecology introduction.  She writes beautiful Earth songs that soothe the soul and inspire courage, and she carries songs from old cultures around the world, from times when the village was intact and humans were more connected with the greater ecology around them.  She has been mostly focusing recently on the music of her own Gaelic ancestry.  I highly recommend her music and also performances and workshops if you can make it.  You can see what she's up to at peiasong.com