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Reconnecting Culture with Nature
Author: Osprey Orielle Lake


Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature delves into a new kinship with nature while acknowledging the treasures of urban life and the unique stake each person has in resolving critical and timely challenges. While avoiding doomsday scenarios, Lake offers a frank inquiry into a variety of causes leading to our current global peril while also providing a deep well of hope and profound insight.

A lifelong advocate for the environment and cultural transformation, Lake weaves together history, ecology, culture, governance, women's leadership and the arts to map out an integrated approach to working in partnership with nature while creating a more just and sustainable future. Her wisdom, lyrical style, and thorough research frame chapters such as “Around the Fire: From Global Warming to a Renewed Hearth”, “Anthem to Water”, “Democracy Ancient and Modern” and “Reshaping Interior and Exterior Landscapes”. Lake takes us along wild rivers as she explores water conservation and the mysteries of water science; sits us around a fire along with great minds of past and present to contemplate the climate crisis; and takes us to several continents where we navigate deeper into history of culture and land.

The author argues that “a culture or civilization bereft of its connection to nature will not be sustainable. The decades since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring have clearly shown us this. We will need to reconnect with the rhythms of the natural world in contemporary society to generate inner and outer resilience, and to move through the uncertain times ahead.”

Lake’s writing is informed by the American nature-writing tradition that arises from Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, John Muir, and Rachel Carson, as well as from cultural and natural historians Riane Eisler, Thomas Berry and Terry Tempest Williams.


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Reconnecting Culture with Nature

Osprey Orielle Lake


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Whether you are an agent for social, environmental or political change, newly awakened to environmental threats, or a lover of natural history and literature, consider this book required reading for its inspiration, innovation and hope for the Earth and future generations.


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Uprisings for the Earth,
Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake began her lifelong advocacy for environmental and societal transformation at the age of 17, working to protect northern California rivers and ancient redwoods.

She has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities. Her themes and unique perspectives as a renowned international sculptor and public speaker have been featured on both national and European television.

Lake is the Director of the Women’s 2020 Leadership Caucus for Climate Solutions and on the governing Board of Praxis Peace Institute. She is also the Founder/Artist of the, International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot tall bronze monuments for locations around the world, creating places to ponder peace for the earth and humanity.

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