As an ethnobotanist (someone who studies the relationships between people and plants) it must be frustrating to see how little people often care about their surroundings — plants, wildlife, the environment in general. What do you see as the biggest obstacle standing in the way of us humans actually saving our planet before it’s too late?
Hmm that is a difficult question to answer succinctly. I think looking to the Wet’suweten territory and the peaceful work that the land defenders are engaged in models both a path forward and highlights the biggest obstacles. We humans seem to have this assumption of ownership and control over our natural systems and landscapes yet we are so vulnerable and short-sighted. The Wet’suweten action is not just in opposition to an economic development project, it is in support of a long term vision of how we as humans need to make big changes and let go of our desires to conquer lands and people in the name of money. That means going with “less”, living more simply, becoming more connected to our own surroundings, food production and more.