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