Everything is sooooo connected.

In theory we know that – this video puts forth the idea that if we can increase buying American made goods it will create a million jobs in the USA.

How to buy American made goods

Of course, it’s not as easy to buy American as it once was. Reading labels when you shop is a start, but I find I don’t find much that way.

Amazon.com will let you search by American made – although when I see things like a Himalyan sald lamp come up I wonder.

There are directories like BuyAmerican and MadeintheUSA which can be helpful, although I find I’m not happy with their super-patriot themes. I do check on both when I’m doing some online shopping – not just to help with jobs or because I’m so patriotic, but because I suspect shipping within the US is less damaging that ordering products that have to cross an ocean.

What about other countries, other people?

Of course if we suddenly all started to buy 100 percent American – heck even 50 percent if it’s even possible – it would mean putting a whole bunch of people around the planet out of work. And that’s not good either.

I’ve recently switched to a more expensive coffee because a) it’s a local business and b) they work hard to make sure the coffees and teas the sell are Fair Trade. (If you’re in San Diego, it’s Cafe Moto and I’ll bet they would ship you a pound or 15 of their coffee if you paid the freight.) Fortunately they make great tasting coffee!

We’re still stuck on ‘growth’

In this country, at least, we’re still stuck on the idea that we need growth to have jobs and a ‘good’ economy. But depending on ever increasing consumption to fuel the economy is simply not sustainable.

The trouble is we don’t know how to make the transition. In fact there’s not a ton of agreement on exactly what a sustainable world would look like. Google what would a sustainable society look like and all sorts of things come up.

EarthFirst does, I think, a credible job of defining the problem and even beginning to propose some solutions in an article called What Would A Real Transition To A Sustainable Society Look Like? But it’s only a start at understanding the problem and examining a few possible solutions. Better than nothing, but a long way toward a map to solving the problem.

Maybe a map isn’t possible. Maybe it’s everyone of us making tiny or large changes – in our homes, our churches, our businesses, our communities. With luck, maybe our great great grandkids will be able to look back and see where and even how the shift took place.

However  it turns out to be it’s not going to be either easy or fast (probably).

Giving up delusion

In my zen sangha (SWZC.org) we talk about letting go of ignorance or delusion.

We’ve been living in denial or delusion about our part in climate change for quite awhile. While I don’t know how or even if there’s a way to fix it, I’m certain there will be no concerted effort if we continue to deny that there is a problem. As much as I love to hide from truth, it just doesn’t work – not for long.

When I was learning how to facilitate symposiums for Awakening The Dreamer I was truly surprised to realize that most of the human- caused environmental degradation has happened in my life-time! That’s fast.

So maybe the question is: What can you do right now, today, to help break up the denial and delusion? What might we do together? 

Love, blessings, and abundance,

Anne Wayman: When Grandmother Speaks



Help spread the word by sharing this post with your network. Thanks!

Subscribe to When Grandmother Speaks by Email


We all know the planet is in trouble, or at least it is for critters like ourselves and who knows how many species. It’s easy to target big oil, and they (along with us) have their part to play. But there’s also big agriculture. And a whole lot of good intentioned bad science.

Joanna Macy, who years ago taught me to find my grief for our world, says this on her website:

The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.

Three places that wakeup is actually happening

Back in March, 2013, TED posted a video called Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate changeHe’s a slow speaker, but his 22 minute message is profound, and one he’s been trying to get across to folks for decades. He’s recognized and promotes a way to stop desertification which stops evaporation by restoring ground cover. But his solution is surprising. Most of us believe that livestock is the primary cause. Not true! In fact, large herds of animals can be the solution. And do it in a way that mimic’s nature. Check out the Savory Institute.

How about fish? Ninety percent of our fishing stocks have crashed… take that in. And fish farming, with one exception, isn’t working. It pollutes and farming fish generally takes more food or protein to feed the farmed fish than it produces – hardly sustainable. On the other hand, there’s a 20,000 acre fish farm in Spain that works, and not just for fish. Chef Dan Barber’s TED talk, How I fell in love with a fishshows how it can be done sustainably and produce really good, healthy, tasty fish and support the whole environment there. It’s awesome to see what else is sustained there. Interestingly the only additional article I could find about this miracle is at Al Jazeera, Veta La Palma – ‘Algae-Culture’ fish farm.

Yesterday, Anne Seisen Saunders posted a link to How Wolves Change Rivers. Prepare to be thrilled! It’s at Films For Action which produces videos that illuminate an amazing number of topics.

What these three places have in common

As I watch these videos, and I’ve watched each several times, it seems to me that what they have in common is the success they demonstrate addressing major problems comes because natural processes have been restored.

Savory shows us that we can reduce, even eliminate desertification and all its inherent problems by using livestock to mimic the ancient herds of large critters who originally roamed those areas.

The fish farm at Vita La Palma restored the water flow and let nature take its course, knowing that’s what would work best for growing fish. Mimicking nature again.

And restoring the wolves to Yellowstone has actually changed a river, helping it back into its natural healthy state. Who knew! Well, Native Americans knew and we (white Europeans) didn’t listen and still don’t very often, to, I believe our detriment.

These three places also provide a breath of optimism.

What would happen if we began to replace antibiotic driven filthy feed lots with letting cows graze? The same with chickens and pigs and fish.

What if before we developed another acre of land we stopped and thought about what we were doing from nature’s point of view, with the birds, and snakes, and worms, and fungi in mind?

It seems to me, it might be a matter of getting out of our own way – of recognizing we’re not at the top of the heap, but part of the whole.

It’s something to think about.

What do you think? Am I out of my mind or do these vids point in a solid direction? What other info do you have that I don’t? Let’s talk about it in comments.

Love, blessings, and abundance,

Anne Wayman: When Grandmother Speaks

Free newsletter will notify you whenever a new post is published.

Please, share this post with your own network – it helps build traffic for this site. Thanks!


A Truth About Connecting or When Someone Says ‘How Are You?’

“Hello, how are you?” “Fine, thanks, and you?” And so it goes. You ask how I am and I give you a pleasant sounding but knee-jerk response. Generally there’s no connection in this scenario that happens often several times a day. I told a bit of my truth A while back Intuit called to see […]

Read the full article →

What Do You Love? Who Do You Love

You know, when I think of particularly, but not exclusively, the women I’ve known and know now, I’d say the biggest problem we’ve all had is low self-worth or poor self-esteem. And yes, some men suffer the same way. At least in the United States. I’ve also come to believe that low self-esteem supports patriarchy, […]

Read the full article →

Two Years, One Plastic Grocery Bag

Last year I wrote about my venture in not bringing home plastic grocery bags. It’s gotten way easier not to bring them home. Most of the time when I empty my reusable shopping bags I take them right back to the car. I think I’ve also convinced one or two people to try the same […]

Read the full article →

Oil and Honey – A Review

I saw this book in the rack for new books about the environment at the library, but I read the title as Politics and Money, not Honey and took it home thinking I’d learn about fossil fuel profits. When I picked it up at home and realized my mistake, I promptly put the book down […]

Read the full article →

Dolphins, War, Drones & Global Warming

Apparently the U.S. Navy has been using trained dolphins and other marine mammals to support the Navy in warfare situations since the 1960s. I became aware of the program when, some 20 years ago, I was living on a boat in San Diego Bay and saw the Navy training dolphins from special-built skiffs. Those wondrous marine mammals […]

Read the full article →

11 Ways To Make Gift Giving More Sustainable

According to several sources, if everyone lived the way we most of us do in the U.S. we’d need something like 5 earths to be sustainable. And according to Thomas Friedman in an op-ed piece for The New York Times the consumption world around would require about 1-1/2 earths. He’s using Global Footprint’s numbers and you can find […]

Read the full article →

A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

Every year I make a list of 108 things I’m grateful for – you can see this year’s here.

Read the full article →

You Can Stop Using Plastic Shopping Bags

During the fall of 2011 I decided I would make 2012 the year I would bring home no plastic shopping bags! I had seen plastic bags floating way out in the Pacific back in the 80s and couldn’t miss them wafting down almost every street I traveled. I also was aware, in a vague way, […]

Read the full article →