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The section we’re focusing on this week is “Root.”
A call, a welcoming, a place to ground
The foundation of Indigenous wisdom
And the wisdom of Earth’s living systems
Interconnection, emergence, justice, regeneration
The section art for “Root.” Illustration by Madeleine Jubilee Saito
This section features essays from badass climate women like Naomi Klein, Kate Marvel, Xiye Bastida, and Sherri Mitchell. You can learn more about them and all the section’s authors in the supplementary materials section below.
As you guys know, I’m trying to be a bit off the grid this week, so I’ll just share the discussion format/questions and additional materials for this section and be out. Have a great Tuesday!
How to structure this week’s discussion
Read 1 poem or quote from this section to open.
Share your name + 3 nouns that describe who you are. (Circle leader should go first and model this).
Do you feel welcome in the climate movement? What, if anything, has kept you on the sidelines?
What foundational wisdom in this section feels vital for this time of transformation?
If we are at a crossroads of peril and promise, where do you see possibility alive and growing?
Read 1 poem or quote from this section to close.
Additional reading/listening/watching materials for “Root”
If you adults won't save the world, we will, TED Talk, 2020.
My name is not Greta Thunberg: Why diverse voices matter in the climate movement, Blog, The Elders, 2020.
From a Young Climate Movement Leader, a Determined Call for Action, Interview, Yale 360, 2019.
Creating a Bio-Industrial Revolution, TED Talk, 2014.
Biomimicry in action, TED Talk, 2009.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, Book, 1997.
The Big Picture, Poetry Reading, Ellen Bass, 2020
Indigo, Poetry Collection, Ellen Bass, 2020
The Human Line, Poetry Collection, Ellen Bass, 2007.
Indigenous Wisdom & the Seed of Life, Podcast, No Place Like Home, 2020
Sacred Laws: Foundational Laws of the Universe through and Indigenous Lens, Book, Forthcoming
Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change?, TED Talk, 2017.
I Am a Mad Scientist, Op-Ed, Drilled News, 2020
This Was the Decade We Knew We Were Right, Op-Ed, Scientific American, 2019
The Parallel Universes of a Woman in Science, Op-Ed, Nautilus, 2016
Remember, Poem, 2020.
I Failed to Save the World, Blog, 2020.
How I Take On Climate Change as a Regular Person, Blog, 2020.
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On vulnerability, playfulness, and keeping yourself honest, Interview, The Creative Independent, 2019.
A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair, Video, The Intercept, 2020.
On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, Book, 2019.
A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Video, The Intercept, 2019.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Book, 2014.
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