Women and the Environment

Listening to Rainforest Communities for Planetary Healing

Find out how community-centered work is restoring hope for rainforests and locals alike.

Content Detail

When Dr. Kinari Webb first traveled to Indonesian Borneo at 21 to study orangutans, she was both awestruck by the beauty of her surroundings and heartbroken by the rainforest destruction she witnessed. As she got to know the local communities, she realized that their need to pay for expensive healthcare led directly to rampant logging, which in turn imperiled their health and safety even further. Dr. Webb realized her true calling was at the intersection of medicine and conservation.

In this lecture, Dr. Kinari Webb will draw from her memoir, Guardians of the Trees, sharing about her experiences listening to rainforest communities, and then bringing resources to their solutions so that the communities and the rainforest can simultaneously thrive. The aid and conservation sectors tend to be structured in a colonial, “experts know best” approach, and are also usually completely siloed. Dr. Webb will share her own experiences of blindness and unlearning, and the joy in seeing how powerfully and quickly change can come about when Indigenous and local community’s expertise is centered and their intersectional solutions implemented.

Attend in person at The Morton Arboretum (Section A) or online (Section B).

Speaker: Dr. Kinari Webb, founder, Health In Harmony, and author of Guardians of the Trees

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N054

Dr. Kinari Webb, founder, Health in Harmony

Dr. Kinari Webb, MD, is the founder of Health in Harmony, a non-profit working to reverse tropical rainforest deforestation to halt the climate and nature crises. Dr. Webb developed the vision for Health In Harmony on an undergraduate trip, studying orangutans at Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesian Borneo in 1993. Dr. Webb graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with honors and then founded Health In Harmony in 2005 to support the combined human and environmental work that she envisioned. She also co-founded Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) with Hotlin Ompusunggu and Antonia Gorog. Dr. Webb currently splits her time between Indonesia, international site assessments, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her book, Guardians of the Trees: A Journey of Hope through Healing the Plant, is available anywhere books are sold.

What to Know

To attend in person, register for Section A. To attend online via Zoom, register for Section B.

The online session will be recorded.

Student pricing is for current students with a valid school ID.

A Museums for All discount is available. Please contact registrar-ed@mortonarb.org.

Program Schedule

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Section A: Visitor Center, Ginkgo Room

Section B: Online, Zoom

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