Looking at the latest scientific data on the healing power of nature, the author, in this thought-provoking book, shares her recovery from addiction and depression and how the natural world aided and enlivened her progress.
Drawing on science and cutting-edge research, a renowned forester proves that, despite an era of cell phone addiction, climate change and urban life, the age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact.
In the pages of Being Salmon, Being Human, Martin Lee Mueller confronts Western culture's tragic alienation from nature by focusing on the relationship between people and salmon--weaving together key narratives about the Norwegian salmon industry as well as wild salmon in indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Mueller uses this lens to articulate a critique of human exceptionalism, challenging the four-century-old notion that other animals are nothing but complicated machines without rich inner lives and that Earth is a passive backdrop to human experience. Being fully human, he argues, means experiencing the intersection of our horizon of understanding with that of other animals. Salmon are the test case for this. Mueller experiments, in evocative narrative passages, with imagining the world as a salmon might see it and considering how this enriches our understanding of humanity in the process. Being Salmon, Being Human rewards readers with insightful interpretations of major philosophers--Descartes, Heidegger, Abram, and many more--and reflections on the human-Earth relationship, heralding a new "Copernican revolution" in the fields of biology, ecology, and philosophy.
A forefront neurobiologist from the University of Florence presents a paradigm-shifting report on the plant world's sophisticated ability to innovate, adapt and learn, explaining how plants can offer compelling solutions to many of today's technological and ecological problems.
Sharing eye-opening research along with teachings and tools for accessing the therapeutic properties of the forest and other parts of the natural world, a biologist explores our interconnection with nature and shows us how to engage the natural world for great health and wellness for both the body and the soul.
A University of Victoria ecological and cultural researcher draws on two decades of work with indigenous communities to reveal the inextricable links between indigenous cultures and their lands, citing the biological and cultural diversity that underlie climate change resilience.
Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering moss is a mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly and artfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us. Drawing on her experiences as a scientist, a mother, and a Native American, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.
A professor discusses the future of the planet and the unsustainability of modern lifestyles after spending time with people who live close to the land and off the land in places around the globe, including China, Africa, New Zealand, Siberia and America.
Defining our true role in shaping the nature around us, an award-winning ecology writer searches for places untouched by human hands and discovers, along the way, that the environmental crisis we face today has been well under way for hundreds of years.
As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural--to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen.
An experienced explorer of the Western Amazon takes readers on a lively tour of this biologically diverse region, introducing readers to the native peoples who live there, while chronicling the history of genocide and exploitation that has marked Western colonialism in the region.
A talented storyteller and sage philosopher, the author of Riverwalking shares personal stories about the separation of humankind from nature, challenging Western notions that such a divide is possible, even sacred.