Top 13 Good-News Stories from 2022
Esperanza Project shares a year of regeneration, resilience, resistance and creative solutions
Last year was a tough one, on many counts. A pandemic that wouldn’t let go; devastating heat waves, wildfires, storms and floods around the globe; spiraling inflation and economic hardship; the war in Ukraine, with heavy worldwide impacts. Sometimes it was hard to see the silver lining. But behind the headlines, good things were happening […]
“We are Nature expressing itself:” Arun Ruz on EcoSapiens
Insights from a third-generation ecovillager born and raised into the Vision Council - Guardians of the Earth
Arun Ruz Acosta was born into a magical world of caravans, permaculture workshops and interaction with indigenous communities. He grew up in an ecovillage in rural Mexico co-founded by his own family. It was a social environment where different regenerative movements were born, focusing on promoting the development of human consciousness through art, ecology and […]
An Earth-Sky Interview with Tracy L. Barnett
Esperanza Project founder kicks off the EcoSapien Speaker Series with astrologer Tami Brunk in a cosmic conversation from the heart
There’s nothing like a talk between sisters — especially sisters with a common vision and dream — to inspire action. This talk with Earth Sky Woman Tami Brunk, the astrologer, dream nurturer and world-changer who is my fourth of seven sisters, was just the first of a whole series of inspiring conversations with eco-elders, indigenous […]
Call of the Turtle Mini Vision Council at a Glance
This meeting of great minds, hearts and spirits will soon be available online. Meanwhile, we share bios and a harvest of collective wisdom.
For those of you who joined us this weekend for the epic Call of the Turtle Mini Vision Council, and indeed for any of the brilliant EcoSapiens who shared their stories and insights with us during the monthlong Restoring Sacred Culture in the Americas Convergence, we are so grateful to you. You, in fact, are […]
LIVE TODAY at 11 am CDT: Gaia University founder Liora Adler on 'Retrotopia'
Retrotopia: Creating Buen Vivir* in a De-Industrialized Future: Interview with Earth Sky Woman Tami Brunk
Since the turn of the century humans have been building communities structured on technological and industrial practices that are steadily destroying the ecosystems that support life on this planet. “Retrotopia”** is an alternative vision that supports the re-emergence of sustainable community living focused on ecosystem regeneration and restoration. Register HERE to join us for this weekend’s lineup […]
Call of the Turtle: LIVE Mini-Vision Council on Sunday
Join us for a small taste of this south-of-the-border phenomenon that has transformed lives and communities throughout the continent.
The Call of the Turtle, a Mini Vision Council Sun. Aug 7, gives a small taste of this south-of-the-border phenomenon that has transformed lives and communities throughout the continent.
Ecovillage Expert Diana Leafe Christian on Finding Community
Earth Sky Woman Tami Brunk interviews internationally acclaimed author, teacher and expert in community dynamics
Today’s guest on the EcoSapien Speaker Series: Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. She speaks at ecovillage and cohousing conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops and online internationally.
EcoSapien Speaker Series + 'Call of the Turtle' Mini Vision Council
Monthlong Convergence highlights visionaries, activists, elders and thought leaders who are restoring sacred culture in the Americas
This monumental monthlong convergence features conversations with indigenous visionaries and activists, eco-elders in the fields of bioregionalism, ecovillage design, permaculture, earth-regeneration and humans we see as helping us connect to our animist roots while restoring elements of sacred culture.
Pat McCabe: 'A human being that causes life to thrive'
Diné leader joins Voices of Amerikua series, ‘Sacred Earth: Indigenous Wisdom for Earth Restoration’
We are currently living through a time of accelerated environmental collapse. What is the role of indigenous people in reversing and preventing this collapse? Is it possible to prevent further damage and begin a process of Earth restoration? Join us for the latest conversation in a six-week journey into Indigenous Ecology, where Voices of Amerikua […]
I am Mother Earth... and I know how to give life
Tzeliee-Kame Ramírez: A Wixárika poem for Earth Day
In a place where there is love, joy, and sadness….. I am the comforter.
But I also know how to love, cry, and rejoice when it’s my time, in every season I become beauty.
Pablo Alarcón and his luminous environmentalism
Honoring the life and work of Pablo Alarcón Chaires (1964-2022)
True, legitimate, deep environmentalism is, above all, a luminous act where the human being gives himself body and soul to the defense of life. It is luminous because it lights flames of hope in a world of darkness. Pablo Alarcón Chaires was an exceptional environmentalist whose career left a trail of light. His very arrival […]
Enlightening Our Way Together - Best of 2021
We are celebrating another year of lifting up the voices of those who are making a difference. Will you be among them?
As the year draws to a close, I pause to wish you all a happy Solstice season and reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish this year: the publication of 70 stories in English and 51 in Spanish, together with our first transmedia series, a bilingual film and three related articles and the presentation […]
Power, State and Capital: The Axis is Arrogance
We need to build a postmodern world that identifies arrogance as the evil to be overcome and replaces it with an ethic of humility and compassion.
It is one thing to domesticate and quite another to dominate. In order to survive, reproduce and expand, humanity domesticated nature while at the same time, nature domesticated humanity. It was a reciprocal phenomenon, a coevolutionary process. Domesticating implies knowing, exploring, questioning and dialoguing with what is domesticated. It carries delicacy. In contrast, the one […]
New Transmedia Series Opens Lens on Ancestral Cultures
'Cosmology & Pandemic' offers deep insights and practical knowledge gained from the current health crisis, aimed toward preventing the next one.
The Esperanza Project, with the collaboration of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Mongabay, The One Foundation and the SGE Foundation, has released a groundbreaking new bilingual transmedia series called Cosmology & Pandemic: What We Can Learn from Indigenous Responses to the Current Health Crisis. A joint project of the award-winning filmmaker and journalist duo […]
Cosmology & Pandemic is live!!! And making waves throughout the world
Join us at cosmopandemic.
esperanzaproject.com to see the film, read the stories and sign up for more
“You have accomplished the impossible! 30 communities with 14 film crews in remote locations in 6 different countries… to pull all of that together and deliver this important message is a feat of epic proportions.” “I am stirred deeply by the messages coming from these communities and individuals as they help us see the pandemic […]
A journey through ancient cultures during the pandemic that shook the world
Esperanza Project launches groundbreaking transmedia series, 'Cosmology & Pandemic,' with Pulitzer Center and Mongabay
Cosmology & Pandemic: What We Can Learn From Indigenous Responses to the Current Health Crisis is many things at once. It’s a transmedia series — meaning a series of articles and films and other forms of media that work together in concert. In this case, it’s a collaboration between my longtime friend and colleague, Argentine […]
The Corruption of Science | An International Issue
Censorship of scientists and the manipulation, distortion, and suppression of scientific information are a threat to science.
We are living at the pinnacle or crest of corruption in the world — the use and abuse of political and economic power, knowledge or hierarchical position. And scientists are far from exempt.
Defending Mesquite, the 'Tree of Life'
Three-decade struggle wins human rights award in Aguascalientes, Mexico
How did deep-fried gorditas and marzipan candies become part of a strategy to save the last stand of iconic mesquite trees in Aguascalientes? Human rights advocates in the Mexican highlands city are fighting real estate developers to defend their green-space while raising awareness about the importance of this tree.
Healing the Boarding School Wound in Kansas
Haskell Indian Nations University and community organizations work towards a better future for Indigenous families
Lawrence, Kansas, may seem an unlikely epicenter for intergenerational healing of the deep scars left behind by the legacy of government boarding schools for Indigenous children.
7 Aspects of Civilizational Transformation
The era of the civilizionary is here... are you ready?
Signs continue accumulating that point to the imminence of a global collapse in the medium term: extreme heat waves in Canada and the United States, forest fires in various regions of the world, the melting of Greenland, floods in Europe and China, the weakening of a vital Atlantic current. Faced with these events, more and […]
Totem pole travels to unite Native struggles
Lummi people lead Turtle Island quest for 'free, prior, and informed consent'
Perhaps no other Native people knows better than the Lummi the risks of megaprojects imposed on indigenous communities without consultation or consent. The tribe’s ancestral territory is located at a prime Northwest Pacific Coast shipping juncture. Battling against proliferation of toxic oil pipelines and coal ports, the heirs of Washington state’s original human settlements took […]
Lakota child boarding school victims come home to rest
Community begins healing process with historic repatriation ceremonies
Malorie Arrow recalls the Sicangu Lakota Youth Council members’ tour of the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania like it was yesterday. Their last stop was at the gravesites of children who had died while attending the boarding school some 140 years ago. They laid small pieces of candy on the graves as offerings. Her cousins […]
Victor Toledo: From Capitalism to 'Buen Vivir'
Back to the future with indigenous-style 'good living'
Faced with the crisis that humanity is experiencing, does politics make any sense? We have repeatedly pointed out that every political project will gradually become a policy for or against life. This sharp demarcation results from the deepening of the crisis of modern civilization, which is increasingly evident. All the ideological positions captured by political […]
Aligning Ourselves with the Monthly Moon Cycle
The intimate relationship between our Earth's satellite and our organism
As I write this, the waxing moon is in its gibbous phase—heading toward a full moon in less than a week. For the vast majority of my life, I had no idea what phase the moon was in (and I still need help of a calendar). I didn’t know what the terms meant, I didn’t […]
Esperanza is the Antidote: A Year Later
In a year of triumphs and tragedies, The Esperanza Project continues to bring a message of hope
It’s been a year since we launched our Patreon site on Earth Day 2020. “Esperanza is the Antidote,” it was called, and it was launched in the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic with a campaign to support our special hope-based approach to journalism. It was not a good time for a campaign of this […]
The American Borderlands and the Rights of the Child
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been violated on American soil more than any other time in modern history
On Christmas Eve, 2018, in a remote corner of the Texan desert, Esperanza Project editor Tracy Barnett interviewed activists organizing a creative resistance against the detainment of thousands of youths at the now defunct Tornillo Child Detention Center. It was deep in winter and the wind bit at the chain-link fence as she spoke with […]
Finding Light in the Darkness: Esperanza shines through a year of trials
Resilience and Resistance mark the Year of the Pandemic. Here are just a few of the stories.
It was a year that this roving reporter began in a refugee camp, taking inspiration from the asylum seekers who had passed through hell to arrive at our borders, and from the people from both sides of the border who had shown up to accompany and support them. We all sensed it would be a […]
Making Peace, Giving Thanks: From Guadalajara to You
On understanding the potential of this moment, and letting the mystery be.
GUADALAJARA, Jalisco, Mexico — Yesterday I went to the papelería around the corner, owned by my neighbor Alejandra, to pick up a few office supplies. “How are you going to celebrate Día de Acción de Gracias?” she inquired, using the Spanish word for our uniquely United Statesian holiday. I hadn’t thought about it, really. There […]
The Parable of the Three Burglars
A story of a monk who understands limits
Erik Assadourian is a writer who describes himself as a “sustainability researcher, ecophilosopher, servant of Gaia, and father of one.” A characteristically zen description for someone who, as a Senior Fellow at the now-dormant Worldwatch Institute and founder of The Gaian Way, has been trying to come to terms with the collapse that is unfolding […]