“I don’t see grief as the opposite of hope,” said Terry Tempest Williams, writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School and environmental author and advocate, referring to the sense of loss shared by some over the damage already done. “But if we acknowledge the world is dying then we can move past the depression and do something.”
"For environmentalists today, the Forest Festivals are both an inspiring model of movement building and a reminder that we cannot save the planet without the commitment of ordinary people," writes HDS faculty member Dan McKanan.
“One of the things that is shocking to me is the way we just trundle on,” said Elizabeth Kolbert, whose 2014 book “The Sixth Extinction” was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. “Each loss doesn’t get marked, and I see my role to a great extent as bearing witness.”
“Nothing is inevitable; everything’s evitable; and that’s really important. That’s one of the reasons we study history, and we see that very specific decisions resulted in specific outcomes. It didn’t just happen. We’re very fatalistic. People assume things are the way they have to be and they’re not,” Harvard Professor Michael Pollan told Terry Tempest Williams, writer-in-residence at HDS, during an online conversation Monday, “The Climate of Consciousness.”