Environmental Sustainability

Ieva Zadina

Ieva Zadina

GRAIL MEMBER

I have also picked up the thread of my interest in Permaculture by taking a 5-weekend Permaculture course this winter in upstate New York (Camp Epworth) and am taking steps to connect my new Permaculture community with my Methodist church community.”  

Taking care of the Earth has always been vital to The Grail. 

We recognize the earth as a sacred living organism and use education activism and land use to encourage environmental sustainability.

There are many projects Grail members are working on to take care of our Earth. Such projects include:

  • Anti-Fracking activism in New York, Ohio and Colorado
  • Group study of Laudato Si
  • US Grail Climate Action Circle 

 

Learning Labs

Launched this past fall, Learning Labs question: why do we invest in research&development in the tech world but not when it comes to environmental sustainability and social transformation?

What would happen if we take a resource (in this case land) and offer it FREE to local nonprofits and community-based organizations for the sole point of trying something new? 

What would you do if you were given permission to fail as long as you learn from the failure?  What would you try if you had a space to try it?

What we ask is that projects are portable, replicable, and temporary AND that the group indicates which of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals they are hoping to advance. It is that simple.

 

Nature Trails

 The Grailville trails offer an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful walk in nature.  Approximately a mile and a half in total, you can walk along the fields, by the Grail cemetery and see the modern-art telephone pole sculptures installed in the 1960’s.  The path also intersects with O’Bannon Creek, one of the most beautiful areas of Grailville and a favorite for bird lovers. 

Native plant and wildflower lovers also enjoy the diverse plant life that flourish in the prairies that surround these paths. Guests are welcome 365 days a year during the daylight hours.

Experimental  Education

Grailville continues efforts to combine experiential education with the great outdoors through ongoing and special projects all designed to be easily replicable at home and in the community. Monarch Butterfly Garden, Portable sheds, green roofs, edible forests, and grafting fruit-bearing pears onto non-fruit bearing pear trees…For more information on what we are trying next, please contact us!

Reforestoration

The Grail has a 30 year history of reforestation—replanting what was removed during earlier decades. For 2 years we took part in Taking Root’s mission to plant 2 million trees by 2020 planting over 20 trees so far. We invite folks to find ways to plant trees in their communities and to reduce the number of trees cut down each year.

One way is to replace the traditional live cut Christmas tree with a live POTTED tree. Then after the holiday simply plant the tree in your yard. For those who do not HAVE a yard you can donate your tree to a local community organization with that mission.

Those in the Cincinnati area can donate to Grailville for planting. To donate your Christmas tree to Grailville connect with our office.

Members Work

Grail Member and activist, Marian Ronan, recently wrote an article on the implications of Nuclear Power in our World. Read the complete article here or visit Marian’s blog

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