WE ARE NATURE RISING!
We Belong, We Empower, We Regenerate
We are a movement of Action in the context of Wisdom.
In times of rapid change, political de-stabilization and surpassed ecological limits, we are no longer in business as usual. There is a demand right now for leadership that takes direction from social-ecological principles that create a regenerative society going forward. The principled leadership at Standing Rock is the inspiration for this project.
We believe that as humans, we are nature and that right now we are actively rising to not only protect the water but to create healthy systems based on living principles.
Our focus is on growing the capacity of Next Gen youth, ages 20 – 30 years old, in a reciprocal learning network of elders and mentors to awaken ecological identity and foster the leadership skills necessary to act on behalf of the planet, through innovative, highly relevant educational experiences. We Are Nature Rising will activate the next generation of leaders to stand as allies with existing social and environmental justice movements.
By 2020, We Are Nature Rising will have seeded, organized, empowered, and funded native and non-native youth led environmental projects nationwide.
We Are Nature Rising is a collaborative project between Founder Mark Morey, Executive Director Kate Yeomans and Merrohawke Nature School, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. In October 2016, after visiting the water protection camps at Standing Rock, North Dakota, Mark Morey reached out to Kate Yeomans, Merrohawke’s executive director, and envisioned a new direction for the nature connection movement, inspired by the youth of Standing Rock and the principled leadership of this indigenous led movement.