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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.

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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.