A total solar eclipse in central Nebraska has not occurred since 1194 and the next one won’t occur here until 2794. One hasn’t been experienced in any part of the continental U.S. since 1979. It is one of nature’s most dramatic shows. Throughout history such events have caused us to consider our place in the universe. In the past folks experienced an eclipse with fear and even terror. Science has shown us that it is a natural event. It is a reminder that our very existence is dependent on a delicate and powerful set of natural relationships and processes.
On a much more localized scale we are dependent on a delicate and powerful set of natural relationships and processes that enable Earth to provide hospitality to our species. Now science is helping us to see that the forces at work that accelerate climate change can effect dramatic changes that could be cataclysmic and even threaten our survival. We cannot do anything to affect an eclipse – only celebrate it. We can do things to affect the hospitality of our planet – especially with regard to global warming.
We celebrated the eclipse at Marquette, NE on an organic farm and a prairie preserve. The celebration included quality food, good company, natural beauty, and opportunities to visit and support regenerative land use practices. “Regenerative” is a term being used in part to describe practices that help regenerate earth’s atmosphere by sequestering carbon in the soil.
The Grain Place has been employing organic and sustainable practices that employ bio-diversity for many years. The Prairie Plains Resource Institute has been restoring and celebrating native grasslands for many years. You can see some our photos here or visit our posts on facebook.