Ecologists tell us that endangered animals and plants -from the rare St. Francis satyr butterfly to paper-spined cactus that still survive near Ground Zero in White Sands -need “disturbance” to survive & thrive. But disturbance as a word doesn’t give us much clues as to their real needs.
It is not just havoc or deluges that they need. It is something more subtle and energetic. I would use Paul Hawkens phrase “blessed unrest” – human or animal or climate activities that refresh and renew a deteriorating or entrenched environment.
We need all of you right now in America to foment the kind of blessed unrest that springs us out of imperilment into fresh new options for caring for our common home, for our most marginalized neighbors and for our most endangered species and cultures.
Now is your time to make or shake a difference in America.