Embers of Hope

Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction and Climate Chaos

By Bonita Ford

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When we read or watch the news, sometimes we can find ourselves bombarded with facts about climate breakdown, and the threat of catastrophe can loom terrifyingly large. The sheer overwhelming nature of the problem can cause many of us to shut down and turn away, even as the most dedicated activists among us burn themselves out. Yet rather than scold or use shock tactics to try to promote change, permaculture educator and group facilitator Bonita Eloise Ford addresses the topic with gentleness, encouragement, and practicality.

Part memoir and part meditative workbook, Embers of Hope invites us on a personal journey to better connect with ourselves and the living Earth, offering perspective shifts that help us acknowledge our sorrow, ignite our hope, and consider everyday acts to strengthen our communities. Together, we can nurture the small forces that may radically transform our world.

-Peter Bane, Executive Director of Permaculture Institute of North America and author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.

-Vandana Shiva, author of Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis.

“With open-hearted generosity, Bonita Eloise Ford weaves a pathway with permaculture, energy healing, the Indigenous wisdom of her teachers, and her own life experience, and then guides the reader through a series of exercises to enable us all to face the challenges of a world in ecological collapse and climate chaos with clarity and meaning. That is how, as the fire dies, we find the Embers of Hope.” —Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine and author of Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope.

“During this time of climate, ecological and other crises, Embers of Hope is a needed beacon to help us navigate ecological grief, feelings of despair, hope and more. Embers of Hope is the missing piece in our climate, social and other justice work. This is the antidote we need to face our mortality while fostering hope for a better future.” —Emma Lui, activist, researcher, and contributing author in Corporatizing Canada: Making Business out of Public Service.

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