In a world devastated by human interaction and natural disaster - from clearcutting and fracking to extreme weather and urban sprawl - creating art, ritual, and even joy in wounded places is essential to our collective healing.
When a beloved place is decimated by physical damage, many may hit the donate button or call their congressperson. But award-winning author Trebbe Johnson argues that we need new methods for coping with these losses and invites listeners to reconsider what constitutes “worthwhile action”.
She discusses real wounded places ranging from weapons-testing grounds at Eglin Air Force Base to Appalachian mountain tops destroyed by mining. These stories, along with tools for community engagement - ceremony, vigil, apology, and the creation of art with on-site materials - show us how we can find beauty in these places and discover new sources of meaning and community.
What the critics say
“Radical Joy for Hard Times is a must-read for those looking to take their role in repairing our world. At once, it is a manual for how we can move forward and a meditation on how best to respond. It shows us all—even in the face of substantial challenges—the true value of everyday actions.” (Henry Timms, coauthor of New Power and cofounder of #GivingTuesday)
“It’s a great vision that Trebbe Johnson is sending out into the world, and it is very much her own. The great central truth of what she is doing is the very hard lesson for all of us in our lives, and yet it is our blessing.” (W. S. Merwin, former poet laureate of the United States)
“Trebbe Johnson’s idea is a revolutionary one and imperative in this possibly late phase of our relationship with the only planet we have: to look directly at loss. This manifesto is a song - not a dirge, but a symphony with all the complexity and emotion our home, the ever-creative Earth, calls forth.” (Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of The Place You Love Is Gone)