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@coyotethunder, writer and illustrator of #californiafieldatlas: • We carry into our future at least as many responsibilities as we do rights. This is our charge. We have the right to extract, but we have the responsibility to replenish. We have the right to develop, but we have the responsibility to restore. We have the right to inhabit, but we have the responsibility to set aside. We work towards recognizing the majesty of all species in all wild places, a spiral of restored and protected biodiversity, free from commodification and free of disposability. We acknowledge all natural systems as alive and recognize them all to retain and hold their right to exist as a living system to protect and encourage. • We change the story, we change the world. Depending on how we fare in the coming, inevitable paradigm shift, we will be charting a course not only of our continued human residency here over the next one hundred or five hundred years, but over the next ten thousand years. Let’s go ahead and trust each other enough to begin that conversation.
@coyotethunder, writer and illustrator of #californiafieldatlas: • It has been one year since the publication of the California Field Atlas that I both wrote and illustrated to depict the wonderful biodiversity and ecology of my state. One year on tour up and down, left to right, traveling through and across the human ecology of California. More rewarding than presenting the work itself is the audience, a broad community ready for this nature-first narrative. We are writing new stories together, we are transforming. • The legacy of one hundred thousand years of storytelling is reflected in both our individual minds and the collective mind we each tap whenever we speak, create, and love. Our society is built on stories. A story, either composed of words or pictorially rendered in art, transmits information—a flower well rendered in paint, for example, transmits viable immediate beauty, everything a human could know, or at least needs to know, to identify and appreciate the reality of that flower on some, almost metabolic level—something core revealed and celebrated, a communion and an atonement with that flower’s world.
@coyotethunder, writer and illustrator of #californiafieldatlas: • My life is as a mapmaker of California’s living world, participating in a greater responsibility of geographic literacy. I help facilitate the debate in the tangled interface of private and public land, whether it serves or hinder our legacy and the natural health of the state, and thereby ourselves. • The future resiliency and existence of our human society depend on not only defending biodiversity from habitat loss, but also restoring vast tracts of lost habitat in the form of wildlife connectivity bridges between currently protected areas. • Follow along as I share my art and thoughts about our incredible wild landscapes, especially those close to my heart in California.
Obi Kaufmann @coyotethunder, writer and illustrator of the California Field Atlas #californiafieldatlas, will be taking over our page for the next few days. • He will share images and intimate thoughts about the nexus between his work as an artist and his love of the natural world, its wild landscapes, plants and animals: • “Reciprocation and gratitude, in the human ecology, work to balance the necessary ratio between extraction and replenishment of the more-than-human world. This is a fundamental function of how resilient communities grow into perpetuating abundance. The endless commodification of our natural resources is a recipe for extinction, and exists only because we feed on and are being sold the myth of scarcity. A collective posture of gratitude, one that involves giving back to the natural world and its living systems, will always yield an economy of plenty. The only way the people live is if we realize we already have everything we need, because that was the gift.”
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“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” -Theodore Roosevelt. 🇺🇸#VOTE! 🇺🇸 . Photo by @kathrynhayesmedia via #OurWild.