About Laura Parker Roerden

Laura Parker Roerden is the founder and director of Ocean Matters, a nonprofit that brings young people ages 15+ to perform service projects on scuba to help save threatened marine resources. She is also a fourth generation farmer. Laura has consulted to many different educational outreach projects that speak to the social and emotional intelligence of young people including the school bullying prevention project Operation Respect founded by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Ben & Jerry’s Peace Pop campaigns; and projects by the National Basketball Associations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Pokemon USA to name a few. She is the former managing editor of New Designs for Youth Development magazine and former publisher/managing editor at Educators for Social Responsibility. She is the author of numerous articles and books about the social, emotional, and ethical development of young people and has keynoted at several events including Blue Mind 3 and the Tea for the Sea at Mote Aquarium. Laura serves on the boards of Women Working for Oceans, an affiliate of the New England Aquarium, and Earth Ltd. of Southwicks Zoo. She is also a member of the Pleiades Network: A Constellation of Women Working in Sustainability and lives on Jo-Erl Farm, a fifth generation family farm in Massachusetts, with her husband, three boys, and an assortment of fruit trees and farm animals. groupshot  

What would it take for us to really care about the earth? What does it look like? And what do we gain? What have we lost in our disconnection? In my work with young people through Ocean Matters and on our farm, I find these questions endless fascinating and complex. Join me in exploring what it means to truly belong to our earth.

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Salt from the Earth
The Hinge

by Laura Parker Roerden   I love this world. And not just in morning, when the long, dark drug of night opens like a clam to the light. I love the hinge itself that swings back and forth as the tide washes over; an attempt at renewal. I love not just the mighty whale but […]

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Five Mysterious Things

by Laura Parker Roerden 1. All week a peregrine falcon has been stalking our chickens from the remains of a dead tree on the edge of the barnyard. This morning, we found the falcon inside with the chickens in the coop. This top predator, built like a torpedo and armed with talons, had spent the entire night […]

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In These Times

by Laura Parker Roerden Hitch your plow to a strong horse; It’s time to go into the fields once again to do the plodding work of planting one blessed seed after another. Blue seeds, purple ones, grey day ones: all pressed with intent into soil amended by bits of remaining trash transformed through alchemy into nutrient. Treasure the ones […]

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A Marine Conservation Compass

by Laura Parker Roerden This summer’s cinema blockbuster Finding Dory has rightly set off alarms in the marine conservation community against an anticipated spike in blue tang sales for private aquaria, which would decimate wild coral reef populations. But there is a deeper conservation message, simmering just below the film’s surface (if you will pardon the bad […]

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For Cousteau

by Laura Parker Roerden We protect what we love, an explorer once told us. But of what love did he mean? The love for a flower or that of a son? The love for a rock held safe in our palm, or that for a steeple? The love of a farmer for a seed or of […]

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