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Learning Journeys | Ecological Literacy | Author, poet, wilderness guide | Investor | Co-founder Atlas Unbound, Ground Effect (alexafirmenich.com)

I think we can.

Nestled in the verdant highlands of Veracruz, Mexico, is a small village called La Chinantla. It is only reachable on foot. My comrades on this grueling eight-hour ascent are researchers from the UMA University who are traveling to document and learn from the villagers’ ancestral techniques…

A story of ecological connectivity, wildlife flows, and how to create a safe passage for human and non human climate migrants

(Credit: Eiko Jones)

My skull is pounding as I launch headfirst against the cement wall. This obstacle, so near to my final resting place, is a tear in the orbit of my…

When I say ‘nature’ what comes to mind?

I’m asking this question to nearly everyone I meet. Invariably the response is of a single species organism, like a tree, a flower or a bird, or of a particular favorite waterfall or woodland refuge. …

This is the continuation of my story of coming into relationship with place (the first part can be found here). I moved from Mexico City to northern California earlier this year, and have been experimenting daily with new ways to converse , to experience and be experienced, by non-human forms…

This is my story of becoming an apprentice to a landscape. This year I moved from Mexico City to northern California and have been experimenting with new ways to converse, experience and be experienced by non-human life. …

( Extended version of article here )

As the climate crisis movement gains momentum, you will likely hear about a promising emergent legal concept called the Rights of Nature. In its essence, these rights are about human beings extending legal rights to other forms of biological life on Earth.

Humans…

Introduction

Consider the following hypothetical scenarios inspired by true events.

In Lapland, we find an impassioned girl speaking in national court, acting as a legal guardian for the reindeer herds who once migrated with her ancestors across the icy tundra. …

A Lacandon teenager gazing at the Metzabok lake, which has since gone dry // Alexa Firmenich

“Our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion, according to the new WWF report, Reviving the Ocean Economy”

“The economic benefit of the rainforest, if it’s conserved, is $8.2 billion a year”

Headlines that tout the economic value of nature should be a glaring red flag. This is how far we have gone in needing to protect and regenerate the planet — economic appeals to rational calculation. …

This is a story about Mexico’s only herd of wild bison. It is a tale of bravery, resilience and renewal. …

An Ode to the Seasons of our Souls

(Written on the road in New Mexico, October 2018)

The leaves of the cottonwoods are turning. There is a chill in the air; dusk is coming early. The first night stars emerge as we walk the old road home. …

Alexa Firmenich

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