On Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus, Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will present a talk entitled “What Does the Earth Ask of Us.” The talk is sponsored by the McDevitt Center.
Every day, we are showered with gifts from the land. Though the Earth provides us with all that we need, we have created a consumption-driven economy that asks, “What more can we take from the Earth?” and almost never “What does the Earth ask of us in return?” For much of human’s time on the planet, before the great delusion, we lived in cultures that understood the covenant of reciprocity, that for the Earth to stay in balance, for the gifts to continue to flow, we must give back in equal measure for what we take. Indigenous environmental philosophy is rich in teachings of how we might enter into reciprocity with the more-than-human world. Can we create a symbiosis between indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge that can guide us to sustainability?
Robin Kimmerer, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. Kimmerer is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, co-founder and past president of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section of the Ecological Society of America, and an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi. She is the author of numerous scientific articles and the books Gathering Moss, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing in 2005, and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, to be released in March 2015.
To learn more about Robin Kimmerer, we suggest watching this TED Talk entitled “Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest:”