What’s so special about working outdoors planting trees or reintroducing fish stocks with someone else from another culture, race, profession or professed faith? Why should any of us presume that such endeavors matter far more than anything else we do? Well, for one good reason– time spent restoring nature also helps restore us and our bonds with others. While It is true that over much of the course of human history, such earthward gestures and restorative endeavors were undoubtedly commonplace in many landscapes, at many particular moments in time, they are not as common as we need them to be. In fact, at this moment in time, divisiveness has become the norm that is not only undermining the robustness of our communities; it is also undermining the health of our landscapes and the economic vitality of our communities as well. We can no longer stand to deal with the devastating consequences of living in an Earth Household Divided; its time to choose to walk on the Middle Path toward the Radical Center.
–Gary Paul Nabhan