The Podcast

Welcome to the launch of a new collaborative network to advance outreach and education to the general public on our relationship with plants.

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Welcome everybody! This is the first podcast episode of Networking with Plants in the Anthropocene.

Networking with Plants in the Anthropocene is a new-born collaborative initiative that seeks to generate transdisciplinary conversations and education bridging research and action on plant lives and stories, and pursuing respectful relationships with plant beings by advancing an ethics of care.

We believe that the current challenges of the Anthropocene offer a compelling and urgent opportunity to advance a movement for thinking and engaging differently with plants as well as for the need of new and creative allyship and exchange between researchers, practitioners, educators, and activists. Networking with Plants in the Anthropocene is built on a foundation that is respectful of Indigenous and local botanical knowledges, contemporary scientific discoveries, and world philosophies and literatures.

It has started as a collaboration between the Consortium of Environmental PhilosophersThe Plant Initiative, the Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network, and the Eternal Forestproject.

So, let us introduce the core group of our network.

As it emerges in our conversation, what we seek to do is to advance an environmental education that engages with plants and the Vegetal Turn on multiple levels, and that embraces different disciplines, approaches, practices and plant knowledges. The network will create and offer tools, content, and methods for through books, conferences, videos, podcasts, and other educational materials, both online and in person.

We support generative ways to cultivate educational pathways through art, stories, songs, ceremonies, scientific discoveries, individual experiences and collaborative actions. We invite connections with other networks, communities, researchers and practitioners concerned with plants and ethical plant-human relationships to carry out multidisciplinary projects. Such a “polyculture of ideas” will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous science, literature, philosophy, poetry, art, anthropology, education, botany, and environmental activism.

You are warmly welcome to join us for advancing research, education and advocacy of respectful relationships with plants!

The music piece in our first episode was kindly offered to us by artist Mileece You can find her work at:

You can listen to each episode directly below:

Networking with plants in the Anthropocene · Introduction Podcast Networking With Plants In The Anthropocene Introduction
Networking with plants in the Anthropocene · Episode 2 Kate Brelje interviews Paul Moss
Networking with plants in the Anthropocene · Episode 3 Kate Brelje interviews Prudence Gibson

The evolution of plants has been so successful that today they account for the majority of living biomass on Earth. Humans, along with all other animals, exist thanks to plants, and we can continue to exist only in relationship to them.

Plants are all around us, but we tend to overlook their importance in our everyday lives. Plants are essential not only to every breath we take, but also to our food, medicine, shelter, and clothing. Still, most of us walk through life and ‘nature’ without recognizing plants as the beings shaping the planet.