Campfire Conversations ft. Kendra Pierre-Louis | All We Can Save

Words by Ben Keene.

I wonder if the sun debates dawn 
some mornings
not wanting to rise
out of bed
from under the down-feather horizon  

Naima Penniman – All We Can Save

I’ve read a lot of books on the climate and ecological crisis and what we can all do about it. They often leave me with a mix of fatigue and fear of the reality of what we’re facing as well as ideas for what might do. 

All We Can Save is different.

Not just because of the splattering of powerful poetry but principally because it’s a collective work. Described as a ‘provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront for the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.’

We were lucky to spend an hour with one of the project’s contributors, Kendra Pierre Louis, who writes in the ‘Reframe’ section of the book about why ‘Wakanda doesn’t have suburbs’.

In her essay Kendra explains that the eco-paradise capital in the Marvel film Black Panther shows the power of imagining a better future. The story rejects the standard narrative that humans and our environment are nature’s enemies and that another world is possible. 

Alongside the climate science and critical realities we face it is the power of storytelling, both personal and imagined, in All We Can Save by Kendra and her fellow leaders (all women for once), that makes it such a compelling, moving and ultimately, despite the pain, uplifting work. 

I’m confident it will become a classic and the project will grow. If we heed its words and inspiration, there is hope. As it concludes…

“It is a magnificent thing to be alive in a moment that matters so much. Let’s proceed with broken-open hearts, seeking truth, summoning courage, and focused on solutions.”

All We Can Save

Thanks again to Kendra for being such a brilliant guest!

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