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If last week did anything, besides make me cry and sit in stunned amazement and shake in fury and mourn the shitshow that is unfurling on this planet—it reminded me of the the reason I get up in the morning: to help fix this mess, in whatever small, medium, or large ways I can. I long for a world in which humanity realizes its deep connection with nature; where there is no separation between Homo sapiens and any other creature or being who lives here, where all of us who share this crazy spaceship look after it and care about one another. At the moment, as we saw so brutally last Thursday, this joint is run by people who want power and money above all, and who believe that anyone who doesn’t sign on to their plan is an enemy, to be crushed. That’s how we ended up with a serial sexual abuser as president, a belligerent, entitled frat boy WHO LIKES BEER, OKAY? headed to the Supreme Court, children in cages on our southern border, the Environmental Protection Agency thinking up ways to destroy the environment. According to this system, we should eat chemicals and breathe poisons and load ourselves up with guns and spend our days in toxic surroundings staring at screens and pumping ourselves full of pharmaceuticals when we (inevitably) feel bad. This system runs on fear and loathing. Above all, it represses the feminine. Well, I call bullshit on all that, and if you’ve read this far, I’ll bet you do too. So first, take care of yourself and everyone around you. Cuddle animals, sit outside in the garden, and get into the water at every opportunity. Eat fresh food. Make beauty. Love. Be gentle and fierce at the same time—like a mama lion. Let’s reject this toxic culture en masse, and build something awesome. Let’s vote the boofing, ralphing, pussy-grabbing, nature-crushing, utterly corrupted assholes out of office in November in a blue tsunami. And then let’s have a really big celebration and get on with the repair work. 💙💚❤️ #iservethematriarchy @mariakmoyer @brooke_wall @lauralrubin @jenbuffett @kimi_swimmy @kathyfreston @susanrockefeller @susanorlean

The toughest time I’ve had in my life is when I was grieving my father’s death. I couldn’t let go either. It’s a harrowing passage and maybe we will all experience it at some point. Clearly, humans aren’t the only species that experiences it. I wrote about Tahlequah, also known as J35, the southern resident orca who has been carrying her dead calf for 10 days (maybe more by this point) in yesterday’s Sunday @nytimes. (Link in bio) But we need to do more than grieve along with her—these whales are critically endangered for many man-made reasons, and if we care enough to save them the time to act is right now. For more info and to learn how you can help: @centerforwhaleresearch @nrdc_org @cascadiaresearch @nonhuman.rights.project @bluefrontiercampaign #orcas #southernresidents #pugetsound #tahlequah #oceans Thanks to Robin Baird and Cascadia Research Collective for this photo.

Some day I am going to live in a house that I’ve decorated with a totally aquatic theme, and when I do I’m going to tile one of my showers like this. 💙 #water #lovewater #aquaticdesign #decorbyneptune

I wrote a small piece for @outsidemagazine recently about my first encounter with great white sharks. One thing’s for sure: I’ll never forget it! 💙🦈 Link in bio. #shark #greatwhiteshark #thedevilsteeth #ocean #oceanlove

Things on land are seriously crazy right now. Happily, there’s an alternative. For deep, meditative peace, nothing beats getting into the water. 💙🌊🐟🐬🦈#immersionjournalism #oceanlove #waterislife #ocean

“Though we all understand by now that about three-quarters of the earth’s surface is ocean, what we still don’t comprehend is that 99 percent of the world’s living volume is ocean. As land mammals, we nurse a stubbornly terrestrial prejudice, but this is an ocean planet, and we scarcely know it.” —Sylvia Earle #worldoceansday #ocean #oceanlove 💙🐬🌊🐟

Look who @renniomaifredi met in the Amazon! (And yes, I am filled with envy.) #dolphins #pinkdolphin #amazon #voicesintheocean