In the late 80’s I founded the non-profit organization Sacred Earth Network (SEN). We had a two pronged mission: 1) assist Soviet–and soon thereafter, post-Soviet — nature defenders to enter more powerfully into the emerging global environmental movement and 2) promote the philosophy and practice of deep ecology.
In the 1990’s we raised over a million dollars to help Earth activists from Belorussia to Vladivostok and from Central Asia to the Caucasus. It was an exhilarating time of expansion and hope. Numerous Russian “Greens” considered our project of providing Internet access and other capacity building resources to be the best of it’s kind.
By the end of the 1990’s we were invited by indigenous leaders in Siberia to assist them with large scale land protection. They informed us that our assistance would be insufficient without a corresponding effort to help them restore their culture. This led to SEN’s Indigenous People’s Exchange between Native American and Native Siberian elders. See the video here.
After foundation funding dried up in the economic meltdown of 2008 I put my focus on the work that is the subject of my book Wild Earth, Wild Soul and is also summarized throughout this web site. SEN has remained dormant since then BUT is in the process of re-starting with tremendous energy from Australia. As of this writing we have a new website and the new Executive Director is Billa Kgari. Welcome Billa! Thanks for carrying the torch!