As author and “aural historian” Jack Loeffler says in his LUCA’s Dream article in this edition of Green Fire Times, “We who reside in the landscape presently known as New Mexico live in a state of grace. Biodiversity and cultural diversity abound. Indigenous mind, scientific mind, artistic mind, musical mind, sustainable mind, conscious mind live in overlapping cultures of practice that invigorate a level of cognitive diversity unique on our planet… We are presently the keystone species,” Loeffler says. “But for how long?”


And so, with all the interest and anxiety around the rumors that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 26,000-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar comes to a close, it is fortuitous, if not surprising, that that some important Mayan elders and spokespeople, as well as other Indigenous elders and internationally-known futurists came to New Mexico in September to participate in a conference on the subject. Glenn Aparicio Parry’s report and reflection on the Wisdom from the Origins Conference is featured here, starting on page 5.


As these visionaries attempt to prepare us to come into a state of readiness for a new era and to co-create our future, you will find other relevant articles within these pages. Santa Fe architect Mark Chalom’s report from the international conference Greenbuild 2012 has many potential applications for New Mexico and beyond. In the interest of slowing climate change, The Big Gorilla, by Charles Bensinger, asks us to consider some of the challenges of transitioning to a Renewable Energy Economy that we don’t often take into account. There are also articles on investing locally and “shopping with your values.” And in terms of food security, Vicki Pozzebon’s Local Voice looks at an urban farm project, which may well become the norm in our cities. Of course, as we are reminded of this in the Tesuque Pueblo Seed Bank article, this approach is nothing new to the Native cultures around the world.



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