Announcing Music to Save Earth's Songs

The Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University is launching a series of original films, inspired by Kathleen Dean Moore’s new book, Earth’s Wild Music, to celebrate and defend all the planet’s howling, warbling, humming creatures.

CLICK TO READ MORE

More information:

The Extinction Variations film premiere
Animal Interludes, twenty 4-minute films

polar bear

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise — a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth's fullness of life.

river walking

kathleen dean moore

What's New?

» Earth's Wild Music is showing up on must-read lists, including Fourteen Fabulous Contemporary Lady Nature Writers (SIERRA Magazine), Your Climate Reading for February (LIT HUB), and Ten Environmental Books We're Reading This Spring (ECOWATCH, THE REVELATOR)

» Read "Sounds of Silence: Extinction is Erasing the Earth's Music," Kathleen's interview in the Revelator, the magazine of the Center for Biological Diversity.

» Read Kathleen's essay, "Did Dinosaurs Sing?" in the City Critters posting from the Center for Humans and Nature.

» In Catapult magazine, Lenora Todaro interviews Kathleen about the Earth's wild music.

» You can listen to Erin Geesaman Rabke interviewing Kathleen for her "Embodiment Matters" podcast here.

» Hear Kathleen's interview for the Post-Carbon's Institute's series "What Could Possibly Go Right?" with Vicki Robin. "Sometimes it feels that the whole world is burning to its foundations, but the foundations are still there, and they’re holding a space for the future.”

» For the most glorious wolf call ever and a conversation between Kathleen and Hank Lentfer about his new bio of Richard Nelson, Raven's Witness, click here.

» The McKenzie River Trust, geographical and moral center of the lands and people devastated by wildfire, asked me to speak to them about hope. Here is what I said, starting at about 30:00.

» Check out the video of my recent "Barn's Burnt Down" talk to the Canadian group Climate and Artists.

» Here is a video of the webinar I did for the Oregon Master Naturalists about how to hold both gratitude and grief during the Sixth Extinction.

» Hear me talk with Hank Lentfer about gratitude and grief (and birdsong).

» Here is my interview with Ben Ehrenfield about his new book, Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time.

» Click here to read my commencement address for the Program For the Environment at the University of Washington, or click here to watch the video.

» In Orion magazine’s “Together Apart” series, my correspondence with Hank Lentfer about listening.

Featured Books

PIANO TIDE: A Novel
released December 13, 2016

Filled with music, rainwater, wildlife, and some of the oddest and most affable characters along this far shore, "Piano Tide" weaves together the fecundity of the tides with a fiercely witty and deeply spirited story about the striving of all creatures for an enduring way of life.

"In Piano Tide, Kathleen Dean Moore has given us an action adventure, a lesson in the natural history of Southeast Alaska, and a cast of unforgettable backwoods characters. As Pacific tides rise and fall, almost engulfing the hamlet called Good River Harbor, we witness humans as well as bears, salmon, and the forest itself, fighting to survive amid forces of man-made destruction and nature’s renewal. Piano Tide is a fine rad, sure to join the ranks of Ed Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang on the eco-thriller bookshelf."
- Annick Smith


GREAT TIDE RISING: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change
released February 8, 2016

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.

"In this probing and lyrical book, Moore reminds readers of the inter-relatedness of all living things through time, and she offers a clarion call to summon the moral courage to 'rage against the dying' of the Earth. An impassioned and well-reasoned cry for 'great rising tides of affirmation of justice and human decency and shared thriving.'"
– Kirkus


MORAL GROUND: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, Foreword by Desmond Tutu

Although climate destabilization is a scientific and technical issue, it is primarily a moral issue. MORAL GROUND gathers the testimony of one hundred of the world’s moral leaders, all calling us to honor our responsibilities to the future.

"Could there be a more pressing book topic than the fate of humanity?"
– Utne Reader


WILD COMFORT: The Solace of Nature

With stories about kayaking in a snowstorm, wading among salmon in the dark, and cooking breakfast in the desert, Moore offers readers a profound meditation on the healing power of nature.

"In its grounded wisdoms, humility, curiosity, and in the kaleidoscope beauty of its descriptions, Wild Comfort reminds how to see, how to sing; how to welcome, with equal gravity and grace, whatever asks entrance into our lives. It is destined to become a classic."
- Jane Hirshfield