We Are All Connected

“Let’s value what’s really most important. This interconnection between us is what makes the world go round,” said Moving Art director Louie Schwartzberg in an interview during The Harmonic Convergence.

“We need for our economy, and we need it for our mental health. Once you understand how everything is connected, you are going to care about everybody and everything. That’s what we all need to flourish together as one big family.”

When did you realize we are all connected? Nature’s patterns are one way to receive this cosmic revelation.

The Fibonacci sequence, or the Golden Ratio, is a naturally occurring pattern that creates a spiral. It is found everywhere from ferns and nautilus shells to galaxies, and has inspired a generation of artists and scientists to study our interconnected nature. 

This Phenomenal Life

In her new This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with Our Universe, author Misha Maynerick Blaise takes readers on a fantastical but entirely factual journey through nature, where everyone and everything is connected.

“Every single atom of our body is made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, and we share the same biochemical basis of life with all living beings on Earth, from a single-celled amoeba to a giant blue whale,” Blaise writes.

Each page is brimming with hand-drawn images, vibrant colors, and perfectly crafted facts that stick in your mind for days.

One page proclaims in delightfully swooping font, “A single scoop of soil contains more species of fungi, protozoa, and bacteria than there are plants and vertebrate animals in all of North America.”

Ranging from galactic facts about stardust to the microbial clouds that surround every human being, Blaise presents a vision of harmony that asks readers to see the world in a new way. 

With stunningly unique illustrations and pithy captions that will blow your mind, This Phenomenal Life offers a portal into greater connectedness with nature. Blaise is working at the height of her creativity, combining an incredibly engaging visual style with educational value that readers of all ages can enjoy.

““When we understand our total interconnection with nature and other humans, it will be easy to adopt policies and lifestyles that promote the well-being of the Earth and its citizens,” she writes, reminding us of the profound connection we all share.

Including diverse depictions of human life, and uplifting the sacred connections between all living things, This Phenomenal Life is exactly the kind of book we need right now.

Artists Defend Our Water

“Beauty is nature’s tool for survival, because we protect what we love,” Louie Schwartzberg once said. He has created many powerful short films to encourage humanity to defend our waterways and keep our water pure.

August is National Water Quality Awareness Month, so start protecting what you love by watching this short film from Louie and the spoken word artist IN-Q.

Artists & Leaders Team Up

Louie and IN-Q made that short film for the One Drop Foundation whose projects have touched lives in 13 different countries and improved the living conditions of more than 2.1 million people.

This month, water leaders around the world are leading the way toward clean water for all with innovative solutions to raising public awareness. Through artists like Louie and IN-Q, they can spread a change in consciousness.

The number one problem faced by water leaders is how to make water issues more accessible and approachable to the public. They needed ways to quickly illustrate the dire crisis of public water systems.

Artists have risen to the challenge with murals, photographs, and other public art that challenges passersby to get involved.

Artwork Around the Country

In Santa Cruz, California, ecologically inspired murals have appeared on the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The art features ocean creatures like fish, whales, octopi, and egrets. Visitors to the site can enjoy the beautiful artwork while learning about the fauna that inhabits the ocean in Santa Cruz’s backyard.

In San Jose, California, artist Robert Dawson has created a series of works that document local water treatment plants. His photographs capture the complexity of the systems that treat public water. Dawson’s vision is that his artwork can help educate the public about water treatment facilities.

The City of Santa Monica treats and recycles urban runoff with a facility designed by artist Richard Turner. In his artist’s statement, Turner notes that “one of the most extraordinary things about this project is that the city wanted to showcase the process rather than hide it away.” The facility includes diagrams and viewing platforms that allow visitors to witness water treatment firsthand.

Even cities located away from the ocean are using art to highlight water issues. The City of Ames in Iowa is running a public art contest to solicit engagement and creative contributions from the community about the role of water. Artists and water leaders working together can create more engaging campaigns for the public.

Gratitude Revealed

Reconciling Faith and Climate Change

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we have a very special interview for you. We had the pleasure of speaking to Sean Watkins, the social media manager at GreenFaith (a Gratitude Revealed partner!), an interfaith coalition for the environment that was founded in 1992. If “faith” and “environment” seem like a contradiction of terms to you now, just wait to read how Sean and GreenFaith are correcting that notion.

In our conversation, he explains how GreenFaith considers climate change to be a moral issue, and how the organization has brought together people of all religions and spiritualities for this cause. In particular, he tells us about The People’s Pilgrimage, a walk from Rome to Paris prior to the COP 21 climate talks last December.

Plus, he connects everything back to a belief we here at GR hold dear to our hearts: gratitude.

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