Earth

In Praise of the Wolf

Last month, a wolf was shot in Switzerland. In spite of this, a few weeks later, twenty kilometers from where I write this blog, a shepherd woke up to find some of his sheep missing. This prompted the cantonal government to authorize the killing of a second wolf… The forest rangers and hunters are loading their guns. Meanwhile, environmental organizations…

The Call of the Wild

I spent last week in the company of an eagle named Victor. And every time he turned his piercing eyes towards me, I couldn’t help but wonder: what does it mean to be wild? It all started because Victor, you see, was born in captivity. He didn’t have much of a choice. White-tailed eagles like him – also called sea…

To Have or to Bee?

“In the beginning”, she said, “you think you can control them… But you can’t. All you can do, is follow.” I tried to follow her words, yet I was lulled into a silent peacefulness, by the buzzing sounds of the thousands of bees who lived in that small garden bursting with flowers. Or perhaps it was the smoldering sage and…

Virunga: Of Heroism and Love

A week ago, for the third consecutive evening, I was sitting in the plenary hall of the Davos Congress Center. Prepared for a very special evening. What streamed through the space that night was not Andrea Bocelli’s voice blasting open our hearts with passionate intensity. Nor the forceful compression of an official speech, where the thoughts and emotions of 2000…

The Tides of the Feminine

Until a couple of years ago, I wasn’t particularly aware of, nor interested, in women’s workshops having to do with the cyclical nature of our lives, finding them – at best – irrelevant to my interests and pursuits, be they personal or professional. Now I can only marvel at the depth of the teachings available when we reconnect with the…

From Apathy to Empathy, and Beyond

Will you dare to feel? This morning, I spent some time looking at Global Forest Watch’s maps of deforestation. Witnessing where trees are being chopped down. Identifying the last stretches of dark green, the intact forest landscapes cloaked in magic and mystery that we have not reached yet. Spotting hundreds of active forest fires. Exploring land uses and concessions without…