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Esperanza Project at a Crossroads

This year The Esperanza Project will celebrate nine years of life – nine years of bringing inspiration and hope to the work of environmental and indigenous rights journalism. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, and poised to take our work to the next level. Please read on to see our highlights, our exciting plans for 2018, and how you can help.

PLATANAR 13In 2017, we gave voice to so many sources of inspiration. To name just a few:
* After a wave of earthquakes left thousands homeless in Mexico, scores of natural builders, architects and visionaries stepped up to ‘bio-reconstruct” a new, resilient society from the rubble;
Roper-Current-1 (1000x750)* A Maryknoll sister who spoke out against Salvadoran death squads who assassinated her sisters in the civil wars of Central America in the 1980s, now speaking for the Web of Life;

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8 ways you can help build hope in 2018

IMG_8504Feeling a little hopeless about the state of the world today? It’s understandable. Most of the news you see these days doesn’t inspire a lot of optimism. But there are a lot of positive trends and uplifting initiatives that are putting us on the path to a better world. How can we nurture and grow those seeds? By putting our love, attention and care into them.

Here are 8 ways you can help us build hope in the world in 2018.

  • When you learn of an innovative, inspirational project aimed at making the world a more environmentally and socially healthy and sustainable place, let us know. When you see a community fighting to defend their land, water, and right to self-determination, let us know. We can cover some of them, and we can use our social media to help support them.
  • Pitch us some story ideas. We are always seeking writers, photographers and videographers to help us document and share the many sustainability initiatives and movements for a more life-affirming, regenerative culture throughout the Americas. We work with beginning writers to help them publish their work. Original work is especially welcome, but reprints are ok, too, as long as they are properly credited – this includes photography, videography and other visual storytelling. Contact editor Tracy Barnett at tracy@tracybarnettonline.com.
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Meet Anna and Dave, the Permacyclists

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Meet Dave and Anna, the Permacyclists.

She was a corporate lawyer from Brussels; he was a sociologist from New York. Neither of them was happy with their chosen profession, and after a great deal of soul searching, they decided to do what many dream of but few actually do: They quit their jobs, studied permaculture, bought bicycles and headed off across Africa, pedaling and working their way through 12 countries, 12,000 kilometers and 16 months from organic farm to organic farm, sharing what they’d learned along the way.

Now they’ve landed in Mexico and are launching a Phase 2 of their journey, but with a difference. This time they’re bringing a video camera and sound equipment, and documenting the stories of people working on solutions to the many environmental problems they have learned about in their travels. Their goal is to make it to the Earth Summit in Rio in June 2012. And this time they’re going by bus, instead of bike, to give them time to do reporting, writing and producing for their blog.

I was inspired by their story and by their plan, since in some ways it parallels my own – so we got together and shared stories. Here’s a little bit of theirs.


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