Beyond Humans, Widening Our Circle Of Friends with Priscilla Stuckey, Ph.D.

Priscilla StuckeyPriscilla Stuckey begins this conversation by telling three stories — how an eagle, a bougainvillea bush, and the birch tree of her childhood all communicated with her in some way. We think we are alone, but Stuckey points out “we are deeply connected with all others with whom we share our lives.” She encourages us to be aware of our connection with all the life that surrounds us, even in cities. In response to the idea that the world is a community rather than a collection of objects, she poses the question: “How do we interact with the more than human world as equal members of community, rather than trying to treat the world around us as if it was created only to serve human needs?” She gives an example of how a neighborhood became a land trust and cleaned up Peralta Creek. She also tells the story of being kissed by a wild red fox. This conversation serves as an example of what we can do together to care for the earth. 

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