The Roots of Land + Water
“The word radical comes from the Latin word Radicalis which literally means ‘of or relating to a root.’ In the English language, it first came to describe the basics or fundamentals of something. Later it progressed to mean something different from usual or to describe a person who was looking to make extreme changes.”
– Merriam Webster
We are at a turning point in our collective evolution. Standing on the edge of indelible environmental shifts, we are present to the thunderous voices calling us to take actions that can preserve and protect the natural world and all that live there. To do so requires being radical in a manner that honors the multivalent meaning of the word: We must attend to the roots, courageously unearthing and exposing the fundamentals that are often shrouded in darkness, in order to galvanize essential change.
The pathway forward requires a looking back, an exploration of who and what came before. CAMPO’s 2023 theme of RADICAL NATURE invokes a reconnection with the wisdom of the ancestors, past civilizations and cultures who lived harmoniously and sustainably with nature, embodying a reciprocity that has been severed and is seeking to be restored. Ancestral rituals, philosophies, and storytelling offer clues to what lies beneath, where disconnection began and, ultimately, where regeneration and reconnection can flourish.