The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute & Ecology Center is honored to partner with Dr. Elizabeth King, a sustainability scientist in the area of restoration ecology and human-environment interaction at University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
We have developed The Tree, Life, Story Project and our mission is to work with the Gullah Geechee Corridor in Georgia to gather stories of the memories and relationships we have with the trees in our lives-the heartbreaks and loves they've witnessed, the shelter that their branches have provided in hard times, and the markers they provide for our memories.
In these stories, the focus on trees helps us see the diversity of connections between our history, our day-to-day lives, and the natural environment. Hearing and honoring the ways that nature is experience by different people - especially people whose voices are often absent in environmental narratives - is one form of empowerment that can help us navigate a pathway toward environmental justice.
If you are a person of color who lives in Georgia within the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor-National Heritage Area, I would love to hear and record your story about trees.