Greening Youth, Minding Nature
Our identities are so intertwined with our surroundings that the subtle yet powerful inﬂuences of place often go unrecognized. Not only does place shape us, we shape place, therefore shaping the stories that places project. This process is a reinforcing feedback loop that both reﬂects and informs our societal values. Places, such as Earth’s land and waterscapes, can reflect the traces of displacement and loss while at the same time symbolizing hope and opportunity. These traces however, are often marginalized, lost, or covered up by stories rooted in a worldview of separation between nature and culture and among cultures themselves. Can we be thoughtful stewards of the Earth without truly understanding that our storylines privilege certain experiences of places, but omit others?
Greening Youth Interns meet with US Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Washington DC
One hope towards more thoughtful stewardship is to look to the next generation of diverse voices: voices with fresh perspectives who can help us to re-imagine our relationship to each other and to place; voices who are looking for welcoming spaces to share their stories.
The Joy Trip Project, the Greening Youth Foundation, and Center for Humans and Nature are inviting a group of young, diverse, and thoughtful individuals from the Greening Youth Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program (HBCUI) to share their visions of a better world for people and all of nature, in the free, on-line journal, Minding Nature.
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Stay tuned for the January, 2017 Minding Nature issue to discover these compelling voices.