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 traveled to Indonesian Borneo at the age of 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 honors 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.
KINARI WEBB, MD, is the founder of Health In Harmony, an international nonprofit dedicated to reversing global heating, understanding that rainforests are essential for the survival of humanity, and a cofounder of Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). Dr. Webb graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with honors and currently splits her time between Indonesia, international site assessments, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Guardians of the Trees is her debut.
JOYFUL CLEMANTINE WAMARIYA is a social entrepreneur, an internationally renowned keynote speaker, and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads debuted with Crown Publishing in April 2018 and is published in eight languages. Joyful is currently the founder of 10HOUSES, a private network dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship and equity, and a co-founder of THINGY, an online platform whose mission is to capture, organize, and share creative ways of being to foster belonging.
Joyful specializes in connecting communities in order to transform individualist perspectives into balanced structures of exchange and interaction. She catalyzes development personally, locally, and globally by centering the mind, body, and spirit as a site for personal and communal growth. Joyful provides practical emotional and mental strategies to rewire habits and make actionable decisions that serve equity in self, the home, the community, and the workplace.
Informed by her personal experiences growing up in nine different countries, mainly in war-torn regions across central and east Africa, Joyful encourages communities to bring awareness to divisive labels and ideology embedded in oppressive identities based on class, race, and gender. She invites everyone to bring awareness and action back to self: Who are we without words? Who are we without labels?
Joyful is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her BA in Comparative Literature.