Now that I am Wiser…I Know the Earth Loves Me Back Love Letters to Persons from Environmental Anthropologists
In Thich Nhat Hanh's “Ten Love Letters to the Earth”, he paints an intimate portrayal of the power of Mother Earth and the deep and intimate connection he sees between humans and the natural world. Using his model and the Eco philosophies of scholars like Vandana Shiva, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Adrienne Maree Brown, Sinith Sittirak, Winona LaDuke, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and many more I seek to write my own love letters to the Earth and the people have taught me how to love it. In the 2021/2022 school year, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand where I met Otome Klein-Hutheesing and Mimi Saeju. During the month I spent interning and working with them at the Lisu Cultural Heritage Center, I learned about what it means to use environmental anthropology as an embodied act of love. In this essay, I have included three love letters, one to Otome, one to Mimi, and one to myself. Through these letters, I hope to express the power of respect, intentionality, and reciprocity in our relationships with the Earth, ourselves, and each other.
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