The Age of Loneliness: Cultivating Spirit through Environmental Activism

Submitted by the San Juan Island Grange

How can we stay hopeful, grounded and engaged, while standing up for what we believe in?

We live in an age of unprecedented climate chaos, polarizing politics and a mass extinction previously unseen in human history.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, the times we live in weigh heavily upon us. In recent years, spirituality has become a vital component of activism; particularly in the environmental movement. Land-based spiritual activism and bioregional resilience is the fertile edge of intersectional environmentalism.

Activism is not only marching and gathering signatures; resiliency means more than a full pantry and an emergency plan, and the environment is inseparable from ourselves.

We must learn to recognize our place in the life of the world and acknowledge the existential loneliness we are creating for ourselves as a species. We must learn to see our work as a part of a greater whole.

Join seasoned activist, herbalist and educator Milla Prince at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the San Juan Island Grange for a discussion of how reconnecting with land, plants and the human community can help us build emotional and spiritual resilience. The lecture will be preceded by a pop-in potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m.