Terry Tempest Williams on Sacred Rage and the Battle for Public Lands /54

Bear Ears National Monument Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo

Bear Ears National Monument Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo

We are at a crossroads. We can continue on the path we have been on, in this nation that privileges profit over people and land; or we can unite as citizens with a common cause--the health and wealth of the Earth that sustains us. If we cannot commit to this kind of fundamental shift, then democracy becomes another myth perpetuated by those in power.”- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land
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This week on For The Wild is Terry Tempest Williams. Williams is a prolific writer who speaks out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.
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A native of Utah, her naturalist writing has been richly influenced by the sprawling landscape of the West.  Her most recent book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks where her writing is described to "follow wilderness trails into the realm of memory and family, exploring gender and community through the prism of landscape."  
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This conversation invites insight into renewed relational understanding of land, sacred rage, and protecting the breathing spaces of public lands. Terry Tempest Williams guides us to explore acts of the imagination into our shifts of consciousness and expanding our sense of family to both human and wild.  For the identity of Americans, we are facing a welcome and necessary shift towards mindful reverence, active respect, and intentional renewal of our remaining open public spaces.