ClassUnderstanding Climate Justice: Reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Braiding Sweetgrass is essential reading for all concerned with the climate crisis and interested in climate justice. Maybe you’re already engaged in environmentalism activism or maybe you’re overwhelmed with the scope of the issue. Braiding Sweetgrass is a book that offers strength and spiritual support by sharing indigenous wisdom and spelling out its connection to how we are going to survive. Over the course of four weeks, we’ll read Braiding Sweetgrass together, discussing the essays and how they relate to our lives and experiences. Focusing on responding to discussion questions, this class will use Google classroom to facilitate discussion boards throughout the week. During a weekly live meeting, the discussion will go deeper by sharing resources, such as videos, performance art pieces, and podcasts.
Through a shared reading experience, we’ll carve out a place in our lives to think about—and do more to ensure—climate justice. Students are encouraged to contribute their own knowledge and background to make this a democratic reading experience in which we hold each other up, work towards taking action, and learn from Kimmerer’s example of generosity and strength. Please obtain the book before the first meeting. If you'd like to obtain this required book while supporting the Loft Literary Center, please consider visiting the Loft's Bookshop page here! Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores and related organizations.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.