Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’ | Environment
Today’s news reports are full of buzzwords about the environment. Climate resiliency. Sustainability.
And it’s no surprise why. Humankind has left quite a mark on our land in the last couple hundred years. While we celebrate our new technological advancements, many of them separate us from the land even further. The scientific community analyzes our impacts and suggests ways to best manage our land. We struggle to find ways to lessen our footprint.
But not so long ago, indigenous peoples were sustained by this land for countless generations. What can we learn from native peoples as we look to the future?
Dr. Robin Kimmerer believes that the scientific community can apply traditional ecological knowledge in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge to reconnect people with the land.
Dr. Kimmerer will be speaking in Buffalo on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Her presentation, titled “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation,” is at 7 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. A reception will be held before the presentation at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free event.
Dr. Kimmerer is a scientist, writer and distinguished teaching professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. She is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and has written two award-winning books, “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,” and “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses.”
Talking Leaves Books will have copies of Dr. Kimmerer’s books available for purchase at the event and Dr. Kimmerer will do a book signing following the presentation.
Funding for this event was provided by the Western New York Land Conservancy, Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Audubon Society, and Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York.
This event is dedicated to the memory of Jerry Lazarczyk, former board member of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. Lazarczyk was an avid birder and hiker and was a member of several local nature organizations, including the Nature Sanctuary Society and the Buffalo Ornithological Society.
Additional cosponsors include: 2 the Outdoors; American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County; East Aurora Garden Club; Elm Street Bakery; Flowers by Nature; Food is Our Medicine, Seneca Nation of Indians; Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo; Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force; Kateri Ewing Fine Art; League of Women Voters Buffalo/Niagara; New York Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medical Association; Partnership for the Public Good; Right Field Writing Works; Riverside Salem Church of Christ; Sierra Club; Talking Leaves Books; Urban Roots Community Garden Center; Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association; and Western New York Environmental Alliance.
The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation value in Western New York for future generations. The Land Conservancy envisions a future in which open spaces, working lands, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York. The Land Conservancy is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State. Land trusts have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years. For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities or the mission of the Western New York Land Conservancy, please call (716) 687-1225 or visit www.wnylc.org.