ABOUT THE BOOK
A “magnificent, empowering” (Bill McKibben) memoir about a woman spearheading a global initiative to heal the world’s rainforests and the communities who depend on them
When Kinari Webb first travelled 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 the rampant logging, which in turn imperiled their health and safety even further. Webb realized her true calling was at the intersection of medicine and conservation.
After graduating with honours from the Yale School of Medicine, Webb returned to Borneo, listening to local communities about their solutions for how to both protect the rainforests and improve their lives. Founding two non-profits, Health in Harmony in the U.S. and ASRI in Indonesia, Webb and her local and international teams partnered with rainforest communities, building a clinic, developing regenerative economies, providing educational opportunities, and dramatically transforming the region. But just when everything was going right, Webb was stung by a deadly box jellyfish and would spend the next four years fighting for her life, a fight that would lead her to rethink everything. Was she ready to expand her work to a global scale and take climate change head on?
Full of hope and optimism, Webb takes us on an exhilarating, galvanizing journey across the world, sharing her passion for the natural world and for humanity. In our current moment of crisis, Guardians of the Trees is an essential roadmap for moving forward and the inspiring story of one woman’s quest to heal the world.
PUBLISHED BY FLATIRON BOOKS
If you are looking for a book to inspire and give you reason for hope, then look no further! This was a really fascinating look at the career of a woman who followed her dream which led her to a path where she got to share her knowledge, along with the people she met along the way changing her outlook and sharing their own wisdom which she embraced
I think I was expecting more of a conservation book, but her story is one of conservation of nature and humans. While living in Indonesia where she moved to study orangutans, she found herself adopted by the locals and learnt so much from them, especially their attitude towards health and the wellbeing of the surroundings they were living in. Which was sometimes pushed to the limit with with so much logging going on in the area.
She fell ill while over there too, and that brush with death really seemed to switch on a different outlook on things for her and it was so extraordinary to hear her talk so freely and honestly about the good and bad points of her life there as she tried to make the decisions as to what she really wanted from life. It also clarified her mind and confront the reality of what humans were doing to the planet was unsustainable and that more needed to be done to bring awareness to this situation.
So while she treated people medically, she also appreciated a more holistic approach and that seemed to be her outlook on life in general, which she adopted for the conservation work she was involved in also.
The author is a wonderful storyteller and I could have happily listened to many more hours of her stories of life in the jungle and the dangers she faced, alongside the inspiring and illuminating moments that she got to experience. A truly engaging and reflective book – we need more inspiring women in the world like Kinari Webb!