At Muse Ecology, we hear the voices and grooves of people and place as we make our way back to harmony with the song of life.
info_outline #27 Vicki Hird: Rebugging the Planet 02/02/2022
#27 Vicki Hird: Rebugging the Planet Bugs are foundational to life on Earth, and their numbers are plummeting due to human activity. In this conversation with Vicki Hird, author of Rebugging the Planet, we explore the wonders of bugs and how we can restore our relationship with them. You can find more information about rebugging, and purchase the book, at . Here's the two papers referenced in Vicki's book that came up in our discussion, on the potential effects of new higher frequency radiation on invertebrates: Arno Thielens et al., Exposure of Insects to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields from 2 to 120 GHz, Science Reports 8, no. 3924 (2018), Arno Thielens et al., Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure of Western Honey Bees, Science Reports 10, no. 461 (2020), Many thanks to for welcoming the use of her song The Old Ways Restored in the intro. The banjo bird jam in the outro was recorded in the woods by the talented nature artist Michael DiGiorgio. If you'd like to order a CD of this album he says to email him at the contact on his website,
info_outline #26 Addressing the Other Leg of Climate Change, 2nd Panel 01/23/2022
#26 Addressing the Other Leg of Climate Change, 2nd Panel "Water begets water, soil is the womb, and vegetation is the midwife." -Prof. Millan M. Millan This last episode, for now, in the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series, was a great panel conversation with 6 people from 3 different organizations, each working from distinct approaches to restore weather and climate through restoring natural processes. It was a lovely example of the diversity of backgrounds that are beginning to come together around this idea. Juliette Kool and Ties van der Hoeven, Maya Dutta and Jim Laurie, Marcel de Berg and Pieter-Paul de Kluvier, Here is the Here is the And here again is the link to . And as always, many thanks to for the use of her song The Old Ways Restored in the introduction.
info_outline #25 Addressing the Other Leg of Climate Change, 1st Panel 01/12/2022
#25 Addressing the Other Leg of Climate Change, 1st Panel The understanding that we can restore weather and climate systems by protecting and restoring the living surface of the Earth is an idea whose time has come. In these final two episodes in this Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series, we'll hear discussions of how this understanding is beginning to guide our response to climate change, from grassroots to international levels.
info_outline #24 Renewables and Accountability: A Panel Discussion 08/16/2021
#24 Renewables and Accountability: A Panel Discussion This episode is a diverse panel discussion on the implications of renewable energy supply chains on life, water, and local communities, and how we might address them.
info_outline #23 Life and Lithium at Thacker Pass 07/13/2021
#23 Life and Lithium at Thacker Pass 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.
info_outline #22 Judith Schwartz and Walter Jehne: Climate Change Narrative Shift 04/25/2021
#22 Judith Schwartz and Walter Jehne: Climate Change Narrative Shift 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.
info_outline #21 Paul Cereghino Part 2: Bioregional Restoration and Social Complexity 04/19/2021
#21 Paul Cereghino Part 2: Bioregional Restoration and Social Complexity 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.
info_outline #20 Paul Cereghino Part 1: Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping 03/25/2021
#20 Paul Cereghino Part 1: Ecosystem Guild and Restoration Camping 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.
info_outline #19 The Mangrove Action Project 02/13/2021
#19 The Mangrove Action Project 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.
info_outline #18 Neal Spackman; The Business of Restoring the Earth 01/30/2021
#18 Neal Spackman; The Business of Restoring the Earth 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.
info_outline #17 Felipe Pasini, Syntropic Farming 12/13/2020
#17 Felipe Pasini, Syntropic Farming 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.
info_outline #16 Li An Phoa, Drinkable Rivers 11/15/2020
#16 Li An Phoa, Drinkable Rivers 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.
info_outline #15 Professor Millan Millan: The Second Leg of Climate Change 10/30/2020
#15 Professor Millan Millan: The Second Leg of Climate Change 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.
info_outline #14 Prelude to the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization Series 08/12/2020
#14 Prelude to the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization Series 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.
info_outline #13 Quail Springs, There's Music in the Walls 03/29/2020
#13 Quail Springs, There's Music in the Walls In this episode, we visit Quail Springs in the Cuyama Valley of Southern California. We'll hear useful knowledge about building with natural materials, and learn of exciting recent developments in the international legalization of cob construction.
info_outline #11 David Bronner and the All-One Legacy 07/13/2019
#11 David Bronner and the All-One Legacy 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).
info_outline #10 Worth a Dam and the Tale of the Martinez Beaver 06/28/2019
#10 Worth a Dam and the Tale of the Martinez Beaver While later this year there will be an in depth Muse Ecology series on the beaver, in this episode we hear one one the more inspiring beaver stories I've come across: the tale of the Martinez Beaver. When the beaver moved in to downtown Martinez, CA, the city originally intended to exterminate them, but thanks to community involvement, the Martinez Beaver became protected and celebrated as a cultural icon. In this episode, we hear this story from the founder of Worth a Dam, Heidi Perryman.
info_outline #9 Peia; Songs of The Old Ways Restored 06/25/2019
#9 Peia; Songs of The Old Ways Restored In this inspiring episode of Muse Ecology, we hear songs and conversation from my visit early spring of this year with musical artist Peia. While many restoration ecologists and regenerative agriculturalists are working to restore harmony at the ecosystem level, Peia is one of the bards doing important work at the level of human emotion and narrative; inspiring open, courageous hearts and reminding us of what is sacred.
info_outline #8 Holistic Management, The Savory Institute, and Wild Bison 06/22/2019
#8 Holistic Management, The Savory Institute, and Wild Bison In this fifth and final episode in this series on the bison in the Great Plains, we visit the Savory Institute Headquarters in Colorado and speak with Daniela Howell, Director of the Savory Institute, and Allan Savory, inventor of the Holistic Management framework.
info_outline #7 Wild Idea Buffalo Company 04/15/2019
#7 Wild Idea Buffalo Company Wild Idea Buffalo Company exists to conserve and restore the prairie ecosystem of the northern Great Plains, and they respectfully partner with bison to do it. With no roundup, and an innovative field harvesting method, they take care for the well-being of the bison and as much as possible allow them to express their coevolved behaviours.
info_outline #6 777 Bison Ranch 04/06/2019
#6 777 Bison Ranch In this episode, we continue our investigation of the Great Plains Bison with a visit to 777 Bison Ranch near Rapid City, South Dakota. Owner Mimi Hilenbrandt and fellow operations manager Moritz Espy gave us a tour of the pastures and corrals. Along the way, we discussed the ecology, economics, and operations of their Holistically Managed bison ranch, and explored of few of the complex questions that the bison forces us to wrestle with.
info_outline #5 Bonus Episode: Protecting the Black Hills 02/10/2019
#5 Bonus Episode: Protecting the Black Hills After my interview in the Black Hills with Mark Tilsen about Tanka Bar, we accompanied him to a prayer walk at a proposed gold mining site up the creek. As I began to include this synchronous content in the Tanka Bar episode, I realized that it lit up a section of the rabbit hole that needed it's own episode for a proper introduction, so I created this bonus episode to explore some of the complexities that emerged while looking at gold mining in the Black Hills.
info_outline #5 Tanka Bar: for the Bufalo, the Land, and the People 01/20/2019
#5 Tanka Bar: for the Bufalo, the Land, and the People In this episode, the second of four in this series on the bison in the Great Plains, we visit with Mark Tilsen, cofounder of Tanka Bar. Tanka Bar, a company owned and operated by the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation, created the first commercial bison meat and fruit bar based on one of their sacred foods, called wasna. The mission of Tanka Bar is to restore the Pine Ridge landscape and economy by bringing back the buffalo.
info_outline #4 The Buffalo Field Campaign, Protecting the Last Wild Bison 12/09/2018
#4 The Buffalo Field Campaign, Protecting the Last Wild Bison 00:00:52 Introduction to the Buffalo Series
info_outline #3 A Bonn Voyage with John D. Liu 08/28/2018
#3 A Bonn Voyage with John D. Liu Episode 3 closes out Muse Ecology's inaugural series recorded in December 2017, about ecosystem restoration and the work of John D. Liu. In this episode, John and I have a conversation on the way to the airport that weaves through many topics currently affecting our global situation, and we discuss how a large scale shift to focusing on ecosystem restoration addresses all of them.
info_outline #2 Global Landscapes Forum V, Economy and Indigenous Sovereignty 08/16/2018
#2 Global Landscapes Forum V, Economy and Indigenous Sovereignty This is the fifth and final part of episode 2 at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany with John D. Liu. In this part we hear two conversations about the important but historically ignored voices from indigenous nations, including their long history of oppression by globalizing civilization, the distinct worldviews inherent in the global economy and indigenous cultures, and the importance of bridging these differences and working together to protect and restore the Earth.
info_outline #2 Global Landscapes Forum IV, Economy and Peatlands 08/01/2018
#2 Global Landscapes Forum IV, Economy and Peatlands While largely unfamiliar to many, peatlands perform crucial funcions in Earth's carbon and water cycles. For many centuries we have been draining peatlands to free up land for commodity agriculture, destroying these important living systems. We now are growing aware of the effects of draining peatlands, and some folks are exploring ways to preserve and restore these wet ecologies while still being able to produce and harvest biomass and other crops from these areas. This sort of peatland agriculture is called paludiculture. In part 4 of this 5 part series at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany, we will hear John D. Liu interview 3 individuals who are working to change agriculture, finance, and policy so that they work to restore, rather than drain peatlands. John D. Liu is Ecosystem Ambassador for Commonland Foundation and Visiting Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also catalyzed the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement. You can find his films and research papers at Jans Joosten, one of the world's foremost experts on peatlands, is head of the Department of Peatland Studies and Paleoecology of Greifswald University. () He will describe how peatlands function and some of the consequences of draining them. Through his research, writing, and policy advising he has helped to protect and restore peatlands all over the world. Annawati van Paddenburg is Head of Sustainable Landscapes at the Investment and Policy Solutions Division of the Global Green Growth Initiative. () With member countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific, she has worked on climate and food security and sustainable growth in forest, agriculture, coastal, and marine areas. Growing up in rural Indonesia, she is motivated by her observations of the destructive effects of business on the pristine landscapes of her childhood. The Indonesian government has recently determined to rewet their drained peatlands, and she is working with them to develop commodity production business models that support both local communities and peatland ecologies. Aldert van Weeren is a cattail farmer. () After rewetting and restoring peatland areas, intending to sustainably harvest cattails for housing insulation, he found that he had legally created nature reserves and was not allowed to harvest from them. He and others have been working to change these policies so that folks like him can restore and preserve peatland function while producing a nontoxic, renewable source of housing insulation. Michael DiGiorgio recorded the banjo-bird jams I'm using in the intro and ending. You can find his amazing nature art at . Mike says that if you'd like to buy the album of his nature-banjo jams, you can find his email on his website and he can mail you a CD.
info_outline #2 Global Landscapes Forum III, Economy and Trees 07/09/2018
#2 Global Landscapes Forum III, Economy and Trees In Part 3 of this episode at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany, we will hear conversations between John Liu and folks who are working to restore degraded forest lands around the world through research, international business, and volunteer initiatives. John D. Liu is Ecosystem Ambassador for Commonland Foundation and Visiting Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also catalyzed the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement. You can find his films and research papers at Patrick Worms is President of the European Agroforestry Federation and Senior Science Advisor for the World Agroforestry Centre, a research organization that studies the benefits of trees in agicultural systems and helps farmers to implement their findings. Pieter van Midwoud is the Tree Planting Officer for Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. As people use the search engine, their counter shows how many trees they are responsible for purchasing, and Pieter is the one who connects with reforestation projects around the world to get the them planted. You can set Ecosia as your default search engine or try it out at . Paul Hol is the Executive Director of Form International, a forest management and services company that manages 27,000 hectares of sustainable forest plantations, forest restortion, nature conservation, and agroforestry in Ghana and Tanzania. They work to restore degraded forest lands and local livelihoods while creating models that demonstrate that trees can be a good investment. Aviram Rozin is the Founder and International Director of Sadhana Forest, a vegan volunteer-based organization focused on creating long-term plant-based food security through environmental restoration. Globally, there are 133 million malnourished people living in arid areas who have private land but are not using it to grow food due to lack of water and agricultural knowledge. Sadhana Forest trains local people in India, Haiti and Kenya in the use of water-saving irrigation techniques and provides them with free seedlings to plant drought-resistant, indigenous, food-bearing trees around their homes. Aviram is also a board member of the Foundation for the World Education and the first council member from India in the Global Restoration Council. Sadh Guru is a mystic, best-selling author, and founder of the Isha Foundation. He has inspired a people's movement in India that has planted over 32 million trees. You can find the entire conversation between Sadh Guru and Eric Solheim, Environment Director for the U.N. . Michael DiGiorgio recorded the banjo-bird jams I'm using in the intro and ending. You can find his amazing nature art at . Mike says that if you'd like to buy the album of his nature-banjo jams, you can find his email on his website and he can mail you a CD.
info_outline #2 Global Landscapes Forum II, Economy and Landscape Restoration 06/25/2018
#2 Global Landscapes Forum II, Economy and Landscape Restoration In Part 2 of Episode 2, we hear some voices of folks who are working to bridge the world of global finance with the preservation and restoration of ecological function.