Understanding Environmental Grief with Dr. Kriss Kevorkian

Witnessing the decline of species and habitat in this time of mass extinction is deeply painful.

In 2001, thanatologist Dr. Kriss Kevorkian gave a name to what many of us are feeling – environmental (and ecological) grief. In our first Sentient Planet guest interview, Kriss talks about her journey from a love of whales to working in death and dying, climate change, and now the Rights of Nature movement.

The inescapable truth is that we humans have created our current crises. How can we return to a right relationship with nature and all sentient life?

Call to Action: If you love orca (and salmon) as much as we do, please support Legal Rights for the Salish Sea by signing Kriss’ Declaration of the Rights of the Southern Resident Orcas here.

Intro music: “The Spaces Between,” by Scott Buckley.

Interstitial music: “Breathe in the Light,” by Stellardrone.

About the Podcast

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Giving voice to the species with whom we share the Earth and the humans dedicated to their urgent defense and preservation. Long-form stories included every season. Like what you hear? You can support our message on Patreon.

About your hosts

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Susan Woodward

Susan is a writer and journalist with strong ties to Australia and the West Coast, USA. She resists the corporate destruction of nature and is a passionate defender of our more-than-human animal kin. You will often find her hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
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Liam Wilkinson

Liam is our sound engineer and podcast editor. When he isn't working on our audio, you'll often find him walking around the parks of England, cooking up a storm, or writing and performing nature-inspired music under the moniker "Salad Sage."
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Ari Simmons

Ari lives in Portland, Oregon and manages all our podcast's social media demands. She's an avid climate activist and solar energy specialist who is driven to foster a sustainable future inclusive of all living beings.
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Janet Grimwade

Janet has a strong background in graphic design, having built a career in Australia and the United States. Her passion lies in being active in nature.