One of the most impactful books I have ever read was The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which is a memoir transcribed to a personal assistant by a French Journalist, Jean-Dominique Bauby. Where the autobiographical tale picks up, he had spent several years with a rare and completely debilitating condition called locked-in syndrome. It is a beautifully recounted, brave and soulful work.
It hit a deep chord because I was also working as a personal assistant for a man in his mid-thirties who had become tetraplegic in his late teens. He had been unable to move anything below his neck after diving into a too shallow swimming pool. There was so much that broke my heart about his story and taught me grace and humility in catastrophe.
Something profound can happen when a world shrinks and its not always an immediate light-filled growth opportunity. I don’t think mindless optimism gets us there either. What shines through this book is the authors growing sense of enchantment and awe at the small irreplaceable, ordinary details of his life. There is a deep affection for people and places that is contagious, palpable and so obviously alluded him in his previous life, before the illness.
He had been attractive, successful and ambitious: a go-getter with the world at his proverbial feet. But, nothing had ever quite been enough. There was always more to gain the next conquest; the new challenge which negated any real connection with all the abundances which surrounded him.
I am on day three or so of very little normal social too-ing and fro-ing, and as I was walking today in the still chilly spring sunshine, this book came back to me. It struck me as the perfect metaphor for our current situation globally with all the distancing and what we face interculturally, around the world in the face of lockdown in this bizarre new set of circumstances.
Our dominant narrative is currently silent or at least muffled. We don’t know how long for or if anything will go ever back to “normal” or what we have come to believe is normal. Our overriding myth for so long has been one of “more” and ruthless progress. Even if you know this to be a false one, it’s hard not to follow along. Likely the big top-down answers will start to filter in soon with this domination obsession before too long. And it could be a painful, dangerous pause for many.
But, we have an opportunity to take a moment to connect to what is alive within us and surrounding us. To release what isn’t whole or needed and consciously make time for those things that are still living. For me today, it was the softly breathing earth coming back to life after winter and the faces of my children still softly wrapped in childhood.
It could be a time to appreciate the abundances and heal the hurts we have had and carry this pause with us and start to let in the droplets of beauty and connection that are waiting to quench our hunger. And, begin to shape our own stories.
I flipped open Coming Back To Life by Joanna Macy today and fortuitously landed on a section on which she says: “gratitude is politically subversive”. The fuller we feel the less we will need and the more we will be able to give and see and move and act.
It is an opportunity to start. Start small, start big. To take this pause in and imagine where you could get to if you felt just a drop in the beauty and richness of the world and felt moved enough to protect it.
Farming, Brexit and Coronavirus
Over recent years, there has been a growing resentment about the subsidies farmers receive. But why do farmers get subsidies anyway?
Farm subsidies started with good intentions
There was an urgent need to ensure people had food after the second world war. Rural communities were struggling not only after losing many young men in the war but also due to several years of bad harvests right after the war.
Although farming had not been purely about growing food for your own family for several hundred years, many rural communities were still operating outside the cash economy to a significant extent right up until the war.
Initially subsidies were targeted towards specific crops or produce to reduce dependence on imports. Although it seems sensible to encourage farmers to produce more staple foods, the “quotas” system had some lop-sided results. Was it perhaps headlines in the 80s about “beef mountains” and “butter lakes” that started the resentment towards farmers?
The US also disliked these subsidies because of course they liked Europe’s dependency on imports. One nation’s food security is another nation’s loss of exports: the underlying dilemma when food becomes a commodity.
A major change was eventually made in 2003, when the Single Farm Payment replaced targeted subsidies. Under this scheme, farmers received a set amount depending on how many acres they farmed. However, this meant larger farms were paid more, and not surprisingly led to smaller farms being swallowed up. In places like Wales, which have traditionally been home to small farms and smallholdings, it changed the face of rural communities: villages that used to have several farms and smallholdings and be home to farm workers, shepherds and foresters have become dominated by two or three large farms.
Do farmers like CAP?
This may come as a surprise, but this system has not been popular with farmers. There have been calls for a radical overhaul for some time. Whichever way individual farmers voted in the EU referendum, replacing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with a fairer and simpler system was a major issue. Some saw leaving the EU as the simplest way to change things, while others thought it better to campaign alongside farmers across Europe.
Why don’t we just stop farm subsidies?
Ending subsidies suddenly would cause real hardship: when this was done in New Zealand, many farmers went bust, and suicides rose dramatically.
Even with subsidies, farm incomes are so low that some hill farmers have had to use food banks to feed their families.
How have we got to this state where the very people growing and producing food can’t feed their families?
Supermarkets have changed how our culture sees food. We have been groomed into becoming consumers. Convenience and special offers matter more than taste, quality and freshness.
Farmers and growers have watched helplessly as supermarkets have driven prices down and down. Low milk prices, for example, means two dairy farms going out of business every week.
It’s also the reason for the introduction of mega-dairies. Economically these may “make sense” but this route usually means farmers going deep into debt, and also means changing completely the way a farm is run.
Add to this ten years of austerity. When two wages are barely sufficient to pay the rent, bargain hunting at the supermarket has become a survival strategy.
What’s Brexit got to do with it?
Europe has been an important market for British farmers. Welsh hill farmers in particular have come to depend on selling Welsh lamb to Europe. The farming cycle means planning far ahead, and the fear that markets could disappear with little warning has cast a deep shadow across rural communities.
Farm subsidies came from EU money.
Wales and Scotland had channelled some of this money into agri-environment schemes that were producing measurable results.
As soon as the referendum result was in, agri-environment schemes were immediately cut right back. In Wales, instead of five year contracts, short term funds were introduced. Any work had to be done within three months, and the funding barely covered costs, never mind the skills or labour involved. Being short term, trees for new hedges and woodland had to be bought in, adding significantly to the cost: there was no time for on farm seed collection, or for natural regeneration from self-seeded trees.
A double whammy
As European markets disappear, new trade deals are being made. The US in particular is poised to cash in on the newly-opened markets. Lower standards of animal welfare mean lower prices.
The bottom line is British farmers can’t compete in an open market.
This new kid on the block is bringing home the importance of local food and food security. Relying on imports means empty shelves — and empty plates — when our complex trade infrastructure is brought to a halt.
People need food. They need it to be available and it must be affordable. To keep us all healthy we need good, nutritious food.
British farmers can provide this. Welfare standards are high in this country and farmers take a pride in their ability to feed the nation, and to feed it well.
It’s time to level the playing field for a fair food system.
It must become easy and affordable to find healthy, nutritious food everywhere, and, at the same time, expensive, difficult or illegal to produce food that harms people and planet.
Sue Pritchard, Director, RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission
A fair, well-planned system of subsidies is how the playing field can be levelled.
Putting a price on nature
The current proposals from Westminster are very different. Food is barely mentioned in the Agriculture Bill: the focus is on preserving the countryside, a “public good”, through paying for “ecosystem services”.
This means paying farmers to ensure certain aspects of nature are safeguarded. The problem is this is done by putting a price on different aspects of nature. And once a particular species or habitat has a price tag, we can decide we can’t afford it: we’d rather send the money on something else.
Focussing on specific aspects of an ecosystem, such as a particular bird or moth, mean we lose sight of the whole picture. Restoring habitat for bees doesn’t help if spraying pesticides nearby kills them.
The countryside as we know it has been formed through farming. Hedges, meadows and moorland exist because livestock graze there. Habitats and ecosystems are damaged or lost through both under- and over-grazing, so the simplest way to ensure the countryside is cared for is to ensure farmers are paid fair prices.
A fair system
The RSA Food Farming and Countryside Commission’s report, Our Future in the Land, proposes a ten year transition to sustainable agroecological farming. During this transition period they recommend that farmers receive a straightforward payment:
If all farmers received £500 per hectare for their first five hectares, and £20 per hectare thereafter, the estimated cost across the UK would be £840m per year, about a third of the current CAP budget.
Introducing this as a matter of urgency will ensure we don’t lose farmers and their valuable skills and knowledge.
We all need food.
We need to eat to survive. We can’t wait months for imports: we need food every day. The nearer we are to where food is grown, the more reliable it is as a source. Food grown locally doesn’t rely on complex transport systems.
Good fresh food can help boost our immune systems. Food grown nearby doesn’t spend days or weeks in a container, losing vitamins en route.
But food is more than just staying alive: our lives revolve around mealtimes. Enjoying tasty, nutritious meals is an important part of reducing stress and staying positive, especially during isolation.
Even with ketchup, those loo rolls just aren’t that tasty…
Marit is a farmer, gardener and writer and is one of the teachers on the Women’s Permaculture Guild online Permaculture Design Course.
6 Steps to Befriend Your Fears and Get a Life
I could start the article by suggesting that the corona virus was designed and spread by the toilet paper industry, but that would be a lame joke. In fact, I don’t want to talk about COVID-19 at all. I want to talk about something way more contagious. About fears.
Let me clarify. I say fears. Not The Fear. The Fear is something else.
One day, when I lived in the Amazon rainforest, I was walking on the ground (our houses are on stilts, since it’s all wetland), looking for a piece of lumber to chase away some wild boar that kept rummaging too close to our house for my taste. As I bent down to pick up the lumber, I caught a glimpse of something bright orange in the corner of my eye. The açaí palm leaves, when they die, turn quite orange. My last thought was: this is not a leaf.
When I lifted my head, still bent at the waist, I found myself eye to eye with a jibóia — a massive snake of at least four meters — still coiled up, but with its head raised. Staring at me. That’s when my mind stopped.
My reptilian brain — happily recognizing its sister out there — jumped into action. I slowly moved backward a few steps, turned around and ran. I ran with such lightness and speed that I never thought was possible, much less for a woman in her eights month of pregnancy. I jumped back onto our bridge and called my husband. Who eventually came and scolded me for not “staying with the snake” so that he could see where it ran to. Funny man.
This was one of the most amazing, beautiful moments in my life. At no point did I ever have a problem. I didn’t worry about losing my sandals, scratching my feet on the jungle ground, running fast enough, jumping high enough, whether my baby would suffer an adrenalin rush or if it would hurt to be eaten by a snake. There was never time for that. Instead, my body did what living bodies do: it activated the flight or fight response and — for the first time in my life — very successfully so. I felt incredibly empowered, capable and strong, and I love snakes even more than I did before.
That moment was defined by primordial fear. Stimulated by a real threat. In the present moment.
What I want to write about now, are the fears, the angst and anxiety that crush our quality of life, hold us prisoner and paralyze our powers. All those fearful thoughts that have no basis in the present moment, but keep looking at a gloomy, illusory future.
Unlike the primordial fear, which is seated deeply in our natural instincts, our fears are not imposed on us or “overcoming” us from the outside. Fears are learned behavior. And like any learned behavior, we have a choice to apply that behavior or find alternatives.
What if I lose my job? What if my mother doesn’t like the present I bought her? What if my wife leaves me? What if my child will fail in life (looking at your nine year old that — isn’t that just unbelievable? — has no interest in sitting still for hours on an uncomfortable chair listening to algebra)? What if I can’t pay the bills next month? What if corona comes to our town (first the Germans hoarded groceries and toilet paper, because the Russians could come, then the Chinese, then the Africans — now they’re all here and our stores have more food than ever before, so thank God for corona that allows us to hoard again)? What if I lose my mind?
If you are the proud owner of any of these or similar angsts, I invite you to do a little reflection here.
I’ve kept producing and raising 2-year-olds for the sheer pleasure of playing hide-and-seek and watching them turn their backs on me, close their eyes and think I can’t see them anymore. The funny thing is, as much as we adults feel high and mighty for knowing that this doesn’t work, we continue to play the game precisely the same way when it comes to our unwanted feelings and fears. Turn our backs, close our eyes and pretend they are gone. And then we feel the cold touch of their hands on our backs.
It won’t do you any good to deny your fears. For the simple reason that denying them will not make them go away. That’s not the point anyways. Unless you are entirely enlightened, fears are and will be part of your life. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to accept them and move ahead. Courage means you face your fears, thank them and then take over the driver’s seat.
So, step one is to own your fears. Accept them. Thank them. They are part of you and they serve a purpose. More about their purpose in number 6. For the time being, just own them.
2. What do you gain from holding on to your fear?
Before you holler “what’s wrong with you? Nothing at all!”, take a deep breath and sit with the question for a few moments. Then another few. No matter how much you think you suffer from having your fears, there are benefits that make you hold on to them. Maybe it gives you a sense of belonging. All of a sudden and for the first you’re engaged in a conversation with your neighbor, while both of you are piling up toilet paper and disinfectant into your cart. You affirm each other and it feels good.
If you have created your identity around being the tragic beauty that always falls into the hands of the beast, you’ll be hesitant to give up your fear of the bad man and accept that you can be an assertive, powerful partner to an equally assertive, powerful other.
Is your fear part of an unspoken agreement between you and your partner that creates the basis of your relationship? Does withdrawing into your fear guarantee his attention and affection?
Do you hold on to your fear, because you believe that fearing for your child is what makes you a responsible, caring parent? Do you believe that fearing to lose someone is a sign of your love for them?
As long as your gain from holding on to the fear feels bigger than the pain, you have no incentive to let go. So, start looking at it and question it.
3. Who would you be without the fear?
What would you do, think, feel, say if you didn’t have that fear? How would you live your live, how would you relate to the people around you, how would you feel about yourself? How would you connect with your child or parents if you did not impose your fears on them? How would you do your work if you had no fear of losing your job or being ‘found out as fake’? Imagine and incorporate the person you would be without the fear and notice any changes in your body.
4. Get knowledgeable
At the core of our fears most often is ignorance. Most of us fear the unknown. Well, let’s get to know the monster then, shall we? The three year old may wail she’s seen the monster already and it’s terrifying, but when you ask her all the details she’ll eventually find that the monster isn’t that scary after all. The same is true for us. If you want to get a grip on your fears, do the work. Ask yourself: what exactly do I fear? What is it about dogs, women, trains, Chinese men or lightning that scares me? Learn everything there is to know about them. Not from Fox News or your chatty neighbor. Learn from serious sources that have direct access and inside knowledge about the object of your fear. Scientific articles, dog trainers or Chinese women. Use your critical thinking.
What are the signs that make you think that you may lose your job? Did your boss tell you that? Has the company let go of a lot of people recently?
What exactly scares you about women? What do they do or say that you fear? Do they all do that? All the time? Have you ever met a woman who didn’t do or say what you fear?
Read about snakes. Where they are, how they live, what their primary prey is and how they’re usually happiest when they’re far away from people.
Read about corona virus and find out that we probably all had one at some point, because corona describes a whole family of viruses. Learn that 80% of people infected with COVID-19 feel what we all feel when we have the flu and then get on with life. That the other 20% that get more seriously ill are mostly older people with pre-existing diseases. Learn that while the world is upside down about this virus, every single day between 4,000 and 5,000 people die in car accidents. Get the bigger picture.
5. Answer your own question
It’s interesting how many people run around with a thought that starts with “What if….”, but actually never think it through. So, what if you DO lose your job? What if you do get sick, have no money, get divorced, make a fool out of yourself in public, have a macaroni hanging on your cheek? Spell it out in all the details, write it down. What is the worst that can happen? Then think about what you would do in such a case. Many times you’ll find that once you face the monster, it’s just another teddy bear that needs some washing.
6. Go to the origin
If you want to find out what is the fear behind your fear, go into the feeling. Whatever you fear is not the thing, person or disease, but how it makes you feel. Helpless. Exposed. Unloved. Abandoned. Go back to where you first had that feeling. Yes, that’s probably somewhere in your childhood. Now you are grown up. You have infinitely more resources and options now than you had when you were little. Look at that child with compassion. It’s still within you holding that fear to protect you from those feelings.
Except today you don’t need that protection any longer. You are powerful enough to deal with it. You can reach out to other people, you have more knowledge (even more once you’ve done your work in number 3), you have more choices.
Thank you, fear, for wanting to protect me. I can move on without you now.
Eco-feminism & Public Health
A Pandemic Taboo
March 2020, I turned the radio on and the first news on it was the number of new cases declared related to the pandemic COVID-19 and the number of deaths related to it. In the last week, schools and local businesses around Italy have been closed, cultural events canceled (1,2) and even the interaction between meetings and neighbors got more distant to try to better deal with this COVID-19 virus.
I mean, all preventable death should be prevented, taken care of, no doubt of that. But why some deaths seem to be more important than others by the media?
Today, March 8th, in English called International Women’s Day, that I preferer to call as the french version I learned in Geneva, with the local feminist movement, that makes clear what this day is actually about. Here, March 8th is la Journée Internationale de lutte féministe et pour le droit des femmes, personnes trans et non-binaire. That means International Day of the Feminist Struggle and for the Women, Trans and Non-Binary People Rights.
According to UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), a total of 87,000 women were intentionally killed in 2017. More than half of them (58 percent)-50,000 -were killed by intimate partners or family members. This means that 137 women across the world are killed by a member of their own family every day. This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know(3). That means 7250 women were intentionally killed by month, and 1 woman every 10 minutes was killed in 2017 by someone close to her. Isn’t this alarming?
Especially when comparing data from 2012, to see that the annual number of female deaths worldwide resulting from intimate partner/family-related homicide, therefore, seems to be on the increase(3).
Besides thinking that these number are often underestimated, since collecting correct data on femicide is challenging, largely because in most countries, police and medical data-collection systems that document cases of homicide often do not have the necessary information or do not report the victim-perpetrator relationship or the motives for the homicide, let alone gender-related motivations for murder (4).
And here I am focusing on the absolute number of deaths, if you think these numbers are already too high, imagine the numbers of women and girls suffering violence because of their gender.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma, and shame surrounding it(5). For women in many parts of the world, violence is a leading cause of injury and disability, as well as a risk factor for other physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health problems. Violence has long-term consequences for these women and their children, as well as social and economic costs for all society (6). Intimate partner violence has long-term negative health consequences for survivors, even after the abuse has ended (7).
So, it is important to think that in reality the number of women, girls affected by violence related to gender issues are much higher than 87'000 deaths mentioned by the UNODC report of 2019.
This is a heavy, challenging and so important subject to be discussed that I wished government, schools, business, and people could find practical measures to deal with it, as quick as apparently people are trying to postpone the propagation of COVID-19. Wouldn’t that be great?
So, let’s compared the data of COVID-19 registered deaths since December 31, 2019, from the WHO (World Health Organization) report-47 (8), and confront it with what we got from 2017 data about women who were intentionally killed in 2017.
Male Violence Against Women:
37 deaths per day vs. 238 deaths per day!
Some people may think, but COVID-19 is a pandemic outbreak!
Let me tell you, Male Violence Against is too. Let’s go back to the dictionary. Pandemic is defined as an epidemic occurring over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries, and usually affecting a large number of people(9).
Male Violence Against Women checks all these boxes, since it happens as an epidemic for over a very wide area (worldwide), crossing international boundaries and affecting a huge number of people directly and indirectly.
This is why my question at the begging of the text: why some deaths seem to be more important than others by the media? What is the symptom of a bigger problem?
Remember to keep things in perspective, check the sources of information, check numbers, avoid collective desperation, and keep looking for coherent ways of dealy with your life, support and take care of your community, especially women, cis and trans, and non-binary people.
Wash your hands, and keep aware of Patriarchy.
Some ideas of how to deal with Patriarchy, go here.
Male violence against women kills more than COVID-19 was originally published in PermacultureWomen on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
by Kareen Erbe.
Recommendations for gardening on a budget that not only allow you to save money but also have the added benefit of building soil, conserving water, cutting down on pests, and creating a more ecological garden.
At the end of the growing season last year, one of my volunteers remarked, “I think you have given us hundreds of dollars worth of vegetables this fall.” Indeed, growing your own garden often means that you are saving money on produce that would normally cost a lot of money in the grocery store, especially if it’s organic.
However, with the money you invest in compost, seeds, and plants each season, not to mention the time, sometimes the vegetables or fruit that you’re harvesting from your garden seem like they are worth their weight in gold. Granted, there are so many intangible benefits to having a garden and I would never give up gardening because the ‘numbers don’t pencil.’ But, it is also possible to grow delicious and healthy food without breaking the bank.
In my video below, I go over my Top Ten Tips for Gardening on a Budget. These are recommendations that I practice myself that not only allow you to save money but have the added benefit of building soil, conserving water, cutting down on pests, and creating a more ecological garden.
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As always, I was fascinated by what happened in Davos this year. If not necessarily encouraged. Donald Trump criticised climate ’prophets of doom’, pronouncing the amazingness of the USA and promoting their fracked gas as a safe solution to energy security. On the same stage, Greta Thunberg gave all the adults in the room a good talking to about the rapid action needed to tackle climate and ecological breakdown to provide her generation with a future that they can thrive in. HRH The Prince of Wales told us that we have just ten years to get our act together. And an interesting BBC documentary on population, consumption and the outlook if we keep growing both. Which was a first and, in my opinion, welcome discussion of the issues.
It seems to me that population and consumption growth are at the heart of our current crises. And talking about them is still a taboo. In right wing circles it’s an excuse to lay the blame for the world’s problems at the feet of poor countries with high birth rates, whilst frowning on contraception. On the left, it’s impossible to discuss without being accused of wanting to deny fundamental human rights to reproduce and live well. And there are endless discussions about becoming more efficient and changing consumption patterns to accommodate more people. When we know, deep down, that this only slows down progress to the same destination. See Sheri S Temper’s excellent book ‘Beauty’ for a frightening vision of what this future could look like. Surely it is time to think a bit more rationally about this? After all, physics would suggest that we can’t continue to expand without breaking the system at some point. Which means we need to rethink our assumption that we can have what we want, when we want it, with no thoughts to the consequences. And being intentional about bringing more people into the world strikes me as a good place to start.
From a personal perspective, I am purposefully childfree. Both in the sense that I chose not to have children and that I am using my childfree life to do my best to help create a world where all children — human and other species — can live well, now and in the future. It was a hard decision to make and an even harder one to stick to. I had always wanted to be a mother. I didn’t think life could be complete without a family of my own. But as I became settled and started to feel ready to become a mum, my husband and I realised that we couldn’t bring new people into the world. Not at a time when we seem to be hell bent on undermining the life support systems we depend on. When the last thing it seemed the world needed was another spoilt English kid. Let alone thinking about what their future might look like with nature stripped bare and getting on for 10 billion people by the time they are thirty. So, we don’t have children. Now, as I move into my late 40’s, I can start to appreciate what I have developed and become as a result of being childfree. But I have gone through a full process of grieving for the children we never had, coupled with such strong biological urges to have a baby that it was incredibly painful at times. I still feel wistful on occasion when I see families having fun. Less so when I witness toddler tantrums and teenage rebellions!
It is not for me to judge or to tell others how to live. Children are a joy and reproducing important for the future of humanity. But I know that women (and the men in their lives) are increasingly worried about having children in a climate emergency. (Thanks to my friend, Catherine Van Loo for letting me use her photo from the September Climate Strikes here!) My question therefore is how can we make it less of a taboo to be childfree and enable people to feel good about putting their energies into birthing and raising a new way of being in the world, rather than their own families? I know I have experienced too many upsetting conversations where people with children have questioned my decision, told me I’m wrong and will regret it, am selfish and not a proper woman. Even relative strangers. So how can we all support each other so that we can create a better world together?
I believe that the Dalai Lama was right when he said that western women have the potential to save the world. And I feel that childfree western women have a special contribution to make.
Whilst our sisters invest their energy into nurturing the next generation, we can focus on changing memes and nurturing a culture that will start to restore the health of communities of people and nature so that the next generation can look forward to their future. Step into our uniquely feminine powers and develop new ways to lead, at home, at work and in our communities, so that we can bring balance and a different perspective to important decisions that need to be made in all spheres of life. To own our roles as equals in the world and make our voices heard. The role of women has always been to nurture the future. We need that now more than ever and for some of us it involves not having children and finding our own unique path to fulfillment and contribution. But most importantly, we must support each other, with kindness, understanding and appreciation — whether we are mothers or not. We can be the change we want to see in the world, with a little courage, faith and solidarity. Let’s do it!
If any of what I have said chimes with you, please do get in touch. I have created the ‘Purposefully Childfree’ network with groups on Facebook and LinkedIn and am starting the 21st Century Grown Ups project, figuring out how to design a good urban life that maximises my contribution to tackling our shared social and environmental challenges. I have created a free guide to boosting your wellbeing in a climate emergency that you can find at my website -- www.gudruncartwright.com. I look forward to connecting.
With much love and hope for what we can create together
Are you too scared to have kids in a climate emergency? Me too… was originally published in PermacultureWomen on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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