Human Supremacism, Language, Rights of Nature, Sustainability, Transition

Language: “Our”

When you hear someone say “our flag,” “our country” or “our national bird,” the “our” obviously means the USA. How about “our seniors,” “our children” or “our diversity?” The “our” in these phrases depends on context. It could refer to the US, or if you are at a local meeting or hearing–or reading your local paper–it might refer to your…

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Grazing, Oaks, Restoration, Soil

Our Story

We think of ourselves as regular people, though our goals, actions and beliefs do seem unusually rare. We own a preserve not because we are from wealthy families, though our choice on how to use a decent inheritance has played a role in our story. We are still making payments on the Preserve, and the majority of our non-necessities money…

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Climate Change, Extinction Crisis, Food, Grazing, Human Supremacism, Oaks, Restoration, Sustainability, Transition, Water

Soil-Not-Oil Conference Presentation

Script from Brien’s presentation, “Subsistoration and the Sanctity of Life” at the Soil Not Oil International Conference, Richmond, CA August 5, 2016 Thank you all for being here. First I want to acknowledge that this building and this city are built on land stolen from the Chochenyo, a human culture that lived here for thousands of years. I’m profoundly grateful…

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Oaks, Threats to Our Region

Protect Oak Woodlands

The primary threat to oaks is that they are still viewed as property owned by the title holder to the land in which they live, rather than as integral members of the web of life there. Oaks are killed in this region primarily by landowners who sell them for firewood. We believe that California native oaks are all threatened species,…

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Climate Change, Threats to Our Region, Water

Current Drought

February 17, 2016 In spite of January giving us over 9 inches of rain locally, more than 81 percent of the state is still suffering from “severe, extreme, or exceptional drought.” Last wineter’s snowpack levels of eight to nine percent of the average were the lowest ever recorded.[i] On March 15, 2015, the senior water scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion…

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