In this segment of my discussion with author Trebbe Johnson, I ask her to go over some of the themes she presents in her book, in particular what it means for a place to be broken, and what it means for us as individuals when those places we have found respite are violated and desecrated by industry, development, deforestation, pollution, and the accelerating crises of global climate change and ecological collapse. “Often, we respond simply by abandoning these places, as if they no longer count. Or else we work so feverishly to restore them to a state somewhere between what we remember and what we long for, that we fail to pay attention to how they look—and how they affect us.” How can we find meaningful engagement with these places, and what lessons can we learn in recognizing that “waste is an orphan from the circle of life”?
Trebbe is the author of ‘The World Is a Waiting Lover,’ ‘101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty,’ and ‘Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth's Broken Places. She is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Radical Joy For Hard Times, and her articles about people’s emotional and spiritual relationship with nature have appeared in Orion, Sierra, Ecopsychology, The Ecologist, The Nation, Harper’s and other magazines. She lives with her husband, Andrew Gardner, in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.
Learn more and purchase Trebbe’s book ‘Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth's Broken Places’: http://bit.ly/RadJoyBook
This is a segment of episode #168 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Broken Places: Radical Joy In Hard Times w/ Trebbe Johnson.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWjohnson