Aaron William Perry is a writer, public speaker, impact entrepreneur, consultant, and father. The author of Y on Earth: Get Smarter, Feel Better, Heal the Planet, Aaron works with the Y on Earth Community team and Impact Ambassadors to inform and inspire diverse communities through unique thriving and sustainability messages of hope, empowerment and action. He has launched and owned companies in the recycling, renewable energy, and local/organic food industries and consults to dozens of innovative organizations, companies and entrepreneurs. An experienced business and literary writer, Aaron holds an MA from the University of Colorado, and has studied Permaculture and Indigenous Wisdom throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He resides in Colorado where he is in awe of the weather, appreciative of the singing birds, and entertained by the antics of his backyard chickens.

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In this episode, hear Aaron discuss:


  • How his lifelong nature connection merges with his business expertise to create a loving, heartfelt experience of working in the sustainability field.
  • Why caring for nature is caring for yourself. In fact, gratitude releases brain chemicals that benefit mental, emotional, and physical well-being. We actually “become stewards of our neuro-biochemistry” by interacting with nature. “When we say, ‘Get Smarter, Feel Better,’ that’s literal—it’s not a joke, it’s not a metaphor, it’s literal.”
  • Why one of the messages of his book Y on Earth is that we can easily engage in practices that restore well-being for ourselves and the planet. Little things like washing the dishes let us connect with gratitude with water and “develop a more humble, more sanctified type of relationship.”
  • Why he wrote his Soil Stewardship Handbook: to invite anyone and everyone to be aware that it’s with soil and the regeneration of soil that we get to help our communities and our ecosystems, AND stabilize our climate. A 10% increase in soil carbon world-wide is equivalent to sequestering out of the atmosphere all of the fossil carbon we’ve released since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.” As we’re doing more gardening, permaculture, and biodynamic soil care, we collaborate with microorganisms and plants to pull carbon out of the atmosphere. “We literally have the opportunity to take atmosphere carbon levels back to pre-Industrial levels and heal our world.”
  • Suggestions of books and websites he finds inspiring…and why the biodynamic movement offers us one of our most wonderful sets of solutions of “medicine for the land and us” and cultivating a life of meaning, purpose, balance, joy.
  • His rich and inspiring vision of the ecologically renewed world we are creating: “envisioning may be one of the most potent superpowers we have as humans.” 
  • Plus, Aaron offers a discount code for book purchases at the marvelous Chelsea Green Publishers, home of inspiring books on all things sustainability!