Episode 156. What Does The Earth Ask of Us? A discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass
“How, in our modern world, can we find our way to understand the earth as a gift again, to make our relations with the world sacred again? I know we cannot all become hunter-gatherers–but even in a market economy, can we behave ‘as if’ the living world were a gift?”
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a plant ecologist, writer, and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY and a member of the Potawatomi First Nation. In this podcast episode, Rose and Christine discuss what Kimmerer’s 2013 book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, has to teach us about being in a reciprocal relationship to the Earth.
Why is the World So Beautiful? An Indigenous botanist on the spirit of life in everything (CBC Radio interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer, November 2020)
GOOD NEWS – and there’s a lot this week!
ACTION STEP: Read Braiding Sweetgrass, or listen to the audiobook read by the author. If you’ve already read it, recommend and/or share your copy with someone else!
SANITY TIP: Reading Braiding Sweetgrass is recommended as medicine for the soul. And remember that in times of crises, everything that a person does makes a difference.