This Sweet Earth: Walking with Our Children in the Age of Climate Collapse

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About the Author

Lydia Wylie-Kellermann is a writer, editor, activist, and mother. She is director of Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center and the editor of The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World. Lydia's writing has appeared in Geez magazine, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, and various Catholic Worker papers, and she is a contributor to multiple books. She lives with her partner and two boys in Bangor, Pennsylvania.


"With this precious pollination song, this wind-swept map-book, Wylie-Kellermann invites us to the fugitive vocation of wandering with our children--reminding us that it is in radical accompaniment that we might catch a glimpse of what they've always known, what my daughter seems to know now: that endings are strewn with stranger worlds, and the gift of our journeys lies not in arriving, but in the traveling together." --Báyò Akomolafe, PhD, author of These Wilds Beyond Our Fences

"This Sweet Earth is so desperately needed right now. Read it. Gift it to parents and grandparents and everyone who needs hope during this time of despair. This book is hope for our world and for the next seven generations!" --Randy Woodley, author of Becoming Rooted and co-sustainer Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice

"Wylie-Kellermann invites us to pilgrimage and prayer walk, toddler walk and tween race, to stand in silent reverence and thunder like the holy prophets as we work to protect a world that is fragile, fractured, and still so fecund! Read this book aloud with friends and build community; share it with the kids in your life to start to see nature as they see her; read quietly to yourself, and your tears will cleanse, challenge, and change you." --Frida Berrigan, author of It Runs in the Family

"Lydia Wylie-Kellermann helps us parents--who want more than anything to tell our kids, 'Everything is going to be okay, ' when we know it won't--learn how to steer our kids toward light and life." --Cindy Wang Brandt, author of Parenting Forward and You Are Revolutionary

"Wylie-Kellermann surveys the flooded landscape of southwest Detroit, holding fast to her son's hand. The 'blunt edge of climate change' has come home. How do we raise resilient kids on a changing planet? Should we have children at all? Deeply insightful with exquisite, warm language. This gracious book echoes the political vision of the prophet Isaiah: 'And a little child shall lead them.'" --Rose Marie Berger, author of Bending the Arch and senior editor at Sojourners magazine

"While I joyfully welcome new nieces, nephews, and young friends into my life in these increasingly uncertain times, I am so grateful to have Lydia's questions, stories, and grounded example of how to walk forward with intention, curiosity, and hope." --Olly Costello, artist

"When it comes to climate change, we're often reminded of the awful burden human life puts on our planet, and with that can come a real misanthropy. But This Sweet Earth offers stories and examples of how, even in moments of catastrophe, we can continue living together honestly and lovingly as part of creation." --Dean Dettloff and Matt Bernico, hosts of The Magnificast

"Wylie-Kellerman takes a clear-eyed look at the current and coming impacts of global climate change and finds hope in the ordinary: neighborhood-scale mutuality, the fierce example of communities of color that have survived apocalypse already, and the sweet love and wonder of sweaty-headed boys for pet rabbits, bones found in the forest, and garden tomatoes." --Laurel Dykstra, climate justice activist and author of Wildlife Congregations

"The deep tension between environmental despair and joy in the still-lovely-if-tattered creation we inhabit needs to be a source of energy for our efforts on its behalf. This account summons our best angels to the fore!" --Bill McKibben, author of The Comforting Whirlwind

"This Sweet Earth is exactly the book we need in this time of frightening changes in the world around us. Anchored in hope rather than despair, it heartens and inspires." --Michael N. McGregor, author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax