About Us

The Anam Earth Center is located in Albany County, New York, and we operate ecoregionally within the greater Hudson-Mohawk Watershed.  We work with local rural and urban communities, especially our youth and young adults, their children, and their older mentors and elders.  We serve communities especially as an ecosocial innovation lab and incubator for cutting edge best practices, models, and programs in youth development, sustainability education and skills training, environmental education, environmental leadership development, environmental conservation and ecosystem restoration, sustainable land management, environmental justice and advocacy, cultural experiences, sustainability research and thought leadership, and local economy networks.

The Anam Earth Center is a dba (doing business as) of Anam Duan, the legal name of our organization.   Anam Duan is from the Irish Anam meaning “Life” or “Spirit” and Duan meaning “Song” or “Poem.” Pronounced AN’ um DOO’ an, it means the lifesong (living story) that binds together people, communities, cultures, the earth and all life. We draw our inspiration from the work of geologian Thomas Berry, from Celtic cultural traditions, from Clare and Francis of Assisi’s Franciscan tradition, and from many wise contemporary thinkers and doers who are leading the transition movement toward sustainable, resilient and vibrant local communities, local economies, watershed ecosystems, local democratic ecogovernance, and a New Story for this 21st century Age of the Anthropocene.

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