From the Climate Action Team

Restoring Relationship

Adult helping child water a newly planted tree

“Relationship endures…here is where our most challenging and most rewarding work lies, in restoring a relationship of respect, responsibility, and reciprocity. And love…

“…A 1994 statement from the Indigenous Environmental Network puts it best: Western science and technology, while appropriate to the present scale of degradation, is a limited conceptual and methodological tool–it is the ‘head and hands’ of restoration implementation. Native spirituality is the ‘heart’ that guides the head and hands…Cultural survival depends on healthy land and a healthy, responsible relationship between humans and the land…

“…What if we could fashion a restoration plan that grew from understanding multiple meanings of land? Land as sustainer. Land as identity. Land as grocery store and pharmacy. Land as connection to our ancestors. Land as moral obligation. Land as sacred. Land as self.”

Restoring a loving relationship to land, water, all other beings–to generous, beautiful Earth–what would that look like for you? How do you imagine yourself living in mutual relationship with our home? What act can you take to begin? 

[Quotes from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer; Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2014.]

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