This blog is the second in a series of profiles written by 350VT intern Julie Elfin. Julie got the chance to speak with Rebecca Dalgin of Montpelier, whose connection to the Earth informs her social justice work. This is Rebecca’s story.
I live in the occupied lands of the Abenaki, AKA Montpelier. When I want to feel connected to nature, to this place, I go to Hubbard Park. It’s quiet and peaceful, but still rife with life. As an herbalist, I feel connected to the Earth when I go out and harvest some goldenrod, for example, because I know my family is going to need it come allergy season or to support their digestion.
Humans are inherently connected to nature. We’re animals. We’re a part of nature. As the permaculturist Penny Livingston-Stark says, “we are nature working.” When we build something, it’s still nature. We’ve forgotten that we are connected to each other and to the plants and animals and fungi.To me, that’s a huge part of what has happened to our world. We are nature working, but we’re nature not working very well. (more…)