June 7, 2022
Virtual - Environmental Book Club: Read "Braiding Sweetgrass" *For Adults
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Please join us for the Environmental Book Club! Each month, we'll choose a book on a topic related to climate change, sustainability, and/or what we can do to lessen our footprint. This month we'll be discussing "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer in which she posits that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world.
An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss , was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass , Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation." As she explores these themes she circles toward a central argument: the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return.
We'll have some copies of the book at the library or you can order it from our online catalog.
We are pleased to be partnering with Green Up Ashland for this program.
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