After three life/career stages of working as an environmental chemist, staying home with her two boys, then teaching high school for essentially 10 years each, Laurie Cone quit her job, sold her house, and moved to an intentional community in central North Carolina to homestead with her 82-year old mom, and to try and live like we have just one planet. Her community-building and soil-building activist life also includes camping, dancing, singing harmony, baking, traveling by train, and good conversation. She’s been to Cuba 15 times in the past 15 years. She has bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and German, and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering.
By Laurie Cone, Center for Ecozoic Studies
As we all know, shifting away from the dominant culture of consumption can be overwhelming. Our brains are wired to stick to habits with which we’re familiar. Our friends and family have expectations of us being a certain way. But it’s clear that we need to make big changes.
By Laurie Cone, Resilience.org
This will be a transition that could lead to a world that is increasingly more just and less desecrated, but we will be doing hard things that we’ve never done. Surprising allies may appear. We may or may not see the fruit of our work. But we’re here now, capable of doing our part, and the world and her inhabitants are still full of beauty and wonder, and there’s no time to waste.