For Our Kids is a national network of parents, guardians and grandparents taking climate action. A big part of our work is connecting and learning together. It helps us find new ways to see the world’s problems and new approaches to tackle them. Come learn with us in our first ever national virtual Book Club event.
The virtual book club is part of our renewed efforts to bring social justice into the heart of what we do at For Our Kids. As such, our book selections aim to bring justice, equity, diversity and inclusion issues related to climate change to the fore.
WHEN: Saturday May 28th - 11am PT / 2pm ET (for 1.5 hours)
Find a copy of the book or audiobook wherever books are sold or at your local library.
Finish reading by Saturday May 28th.
Register below. You’ll receive an email with a link to join us on Zoom for a participatory discussion about the book.
We invite anyone who has a kid in their life that they love to join us (you don't have to be a parent or grandparent).
We’ll learn together by exploring the important work BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Robin is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The book explores Indigenous knowledge, science and plants and animals as our teachers. It also has beautiful lessons in mothering. Check out: www.robinwallkimmerer.com
Publisher Milkweed Editions shares these testimonies about the book:
"I've been using Braiding Sweetgrass since it was published. Time and time again students tell me how much they love the book. I think much of that has to do with how Kimmerer approaches the difficult task of paradigm shifting—she's a compassionate translator between the worlds of science, Native worldviews, and Western culture, and in this way she helps bring people to deep understandings, rooted in compassion, of what we need to do to heal the world for all our relations, for ourselves, for the generations yet to come." Aimee Cree Dunn, Northern Michigan University.
"During the process of selecting a book for our OneBook campus program, we talked to students, staff, and faculty about what resonates most with them. Students, in particular, have told us that they don't want to hear any more doom and gloom stories about climate change. They want to read a book that is a story, a hopeful story, about the human relationship with the earth. Braiding Sweetgrass fits perfectly with our goals to instill a sense of place in our campus community who live in California's Central Valley surrounded by agriculture, but largely disconnected from nature. We gave the book to some students to read and they returned physically hugging the book and telling us how much they love it for its gentle and loving approach. That has been the response from everyone who has read it.” Wendy Olmstead, California State University, Stanislaus.