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WATERSHED Virtual Launch Event with Ranae Lenor Hanson
May 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BSTFree
Ranae Lenor Hanson will join a virtual event with MN350.org, the Science & Environmental Health Network, and Transition Town–All St. Anthony Park on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. for the launch of her new book, Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information and to see full event details.
Copies of the book are available through our partner bookseller, SubText Books.
What if we tended to an ailing ecosystem just as we care for ourselves in the throes of a medical condition. This possibility is explored here, in a work that is at once a memoir of illness and health, a contemplation of the surrounding natural world in distress, and a reflection on how these come together in opportunities for healing.
“The credo ‘water is life’ has become a key environmental rallying cry in the years since Standing Rock, and this book helps us remember why. It recalls an American past, inhabits a global present, and imagines a working future—it will be an aid to many as they grapple with our difficult moment.”
—Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of The End of Nature
“Ranae Lenor Hanson’s elegy for the Earth and our bodies speaks of the holy, the sacred. The fates of water, our bodies, our communities are intertwined. She gives voice to the voiceless. She reports on the sacred and challenges us to live our lives knowing that the connection to each other and the Earth is the basis for health, the holy, the sacred.”
—Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director, Science and Environmental Health Network
“In a direct and often wise voice, through a series of moving, revealing, and entertaining stories, Watershed makes clear the connection between climate change and our own bodies. A difficult task in a culture that ignores the urgency of climate change while denying that human beings are part of nature. Difficult, but needed now while the earth that sustains our bodies is under assault. This book presents us with a paradoxical gift, the idea that we can make use of the aches and pains and illnesses plaguing so many of us to wake up and act in common cause with the earth.”
—Susan Griffin, author of Woman and Nature
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/watershed.