Welcome to Gaia Guardians! We’re all about inspiring the protection of Mother Nature through art. Want to know how that works? Read our manifesto here.
Here on our website we’ll share your art and writing, stories of the great work people are doing to protect and restore nature, and various interesting articles we come across. We’re about to launch the first issue of our digital magazine, On Your Doorstep. It’s free, but you’ll need to subscribe to get it. You can do that here. After that we’ll start working on functionality that will allow our community to communicate amongst ourselves better.
Want to know who we are? I’ll start with a little bit about me; I’ll introduce the rest of the crazy crew behind GaiaGuardians in later posts.
My name is Karen Thurman and I’m a landscape photographer. I grew up in the concrete jungles of the Far East but despite that, or maybe because of it, I fell profoundly in love with Gaia (Mother Earth). That love was separate from my “normal” grey life where I was a corporate citizen. Every day I woke up saying “be thankful you have a job” all the while trying to quell the voice in my head that said “yes, but…”. I wanted out, but didn’t have the courage to make a change. My values and my life were out of whack, but I didn’t know how to fix it. One of the things that brought me solace and peace was photographing nature.
The more time I spent with nature, the more I knew the next thing I did had to centre around helping us find our way back to a sense of reverence for her. In April 2014, despite my fears, I made the leap and became a full-time landscape photographer. It hasn’t been the easiest journey but there is no substitute for greeting every morning with enthusiasm (no mean feat for a non-morning person), and knowing that today is another day where I can make a difference.
This group is for people like you and me, who revere Mother Earth and want to see her better protected. For those of us who know the endless stream of environmental destruction coverage in the new (necessary though they are) is leaving people feeling helpless rather than energised; people want to be part of a good news story. For those of us who know that driving change by celebrating nature’s beauty, sharing positive stories of, and getting involved in, the great restoration work being done, can heal her.