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Index Spring 2003

Introduction

Introducing "Uch Enmek" - Karakolsky Nature Park

What’s New At SEN’s Russian Environmental Partnership Program

"Stand Still Again" My 24 hour Experience..

Global Response Action Alert!

The East-West Indigenous Exchange

Another Wonderful Winter Retreat!

Events and Newsletters - Spring 2003 - Issue 19

Introduction

Through times of war and times of peace, we at Sacred Earth Network have remained steadfast in our mission to create a sustainable, Earth-honoring culture. We are greatly saddened by the immense suffering that is being created by the current war in Iraq, and like many of you we have taken to the streets in protest, written email and faxes, made phone calls and held prayer vigils. And although the bombs continue to drop, there is a powerful, growing, and persistent movement for peace arising globally. In the words of Robert Muller, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations, said: “Never before in the history of the world has there been a global, visible, public, viable, open dialogue and conversation about the very legitimacy of war.”

Danil Mamyev with standing stones in Karakolsky Nature Park, Altai, Siberia
Danil Mamyev with standing stones in
Karakolsky Nature Park, Altai, Siberia


The upheaval we see, not only in Iraq, but all over the globe seems quite inevitable when viewed through the ecological lens. It is largely the result of a civilization - our Western World -that is rooted in a way of life that requires the extraction of huge amounts of the world’s natural resources, especially oil, to maintain itself. Therefore our job is less about being “anti-war” and more about being “pro-peace” and that means peace not just for human beings. It means envisioning and creating a new world that is just and sustainable. And this is exactly what SEN has been doing for over 15 years by transforming consciousness, inspiring action and strengthening collaboration between people of North America and Northern Eurasia. We remain more committed than ever to continue our efforts.

In this newsletter, you’ll read about our activities that range from preserving nature and indigenous culture in the remotest regions of Siberia to providing a nurturing winter retreat for 20 Earth activists in New England. You’ll find out about many of our fruitful partnerships in the Altai, and see that we are continuing our commitment to pro-moting the wisdom of indigenous peoples through our “East-West Indigenous Exchange”. In the words of former Harvard professor and spiritual leader, Ram Dass, real social change takes place “one heart at a time”. We at SEN know that over the years we have touched many hearts and many have touched us. We treasure all our relation-ships, be they members of an exchange, donors big or small, workshop and trip participants or fellow staff. We hope this newsletter inspires you to continue your own work of creating a more peaceful, loving world.

“If it were all so simple!
If only there were evil people somewhere
insidiously committing evil deeds,
and it were necessary only to separate them
from the rest of us and destroy them.
But the line dividing good and evil
cuts through the heart of every human being.
And who is willing to destroy a piece of his
own heart?”

         Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn

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