Read for the Planet

What is RftP?

Read for the Planet is a book group launched by Sustainable Sharon Coalition (SSC) with a number of wonderful sponsors (listed below). RftP May 2021 is based on the common reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. RftP May 2021 will be a success if participants appreciate reciprocity—to honor the interconnectedness of nature and recognize that humans are responsible for contributing to and bettering the world—that “all of our flourishing is mutual” (Kimmerer, p. 166).

Brief description of Braiding Sweetgrass: 

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert), Read more here. 

When and Where is RftP? 

We will meet virtually for one discussion Wednesday, May 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Sign up here to get book group information and the Zoom link.

How do I sign up and do I need to live in Sharon to participate?

Sign up here. Folks don’t need to be from Sharon to participate, so invite your out-of-town friends and relatives! If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact the RftP Planning Committee at

Recognizing the interconnectedness of climate change, racial equity, environmental justice, along with food, water, housing, and economic security, the RftP sponsors include:

  • An Unlikely Story Bookstore
  • Brookwood Community Farm
  • Canton Residents for a Sustainable, Equitable Future
  • Friends of the Blue Hills
  • Friends of the Sharon Public Library
  • League of Women Voters of Sharon – Stoughton
  • Mass Audubon Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
  • NEC Solar
  • Neponset River Watershed Association
  • Sharon Friends of Conservation
  • Sharon Interfaith Action
  • Sharon Public Schools
  • Sharon Town Democratic Committee
  • Sustainable Sharon Coalition
  • Temple Kol Tikvah
  • Temple Sinai
  • Unitarian Church of Sharon: Green Team & Social Justice Committee


Who are the Read for the Planet, May 2021, Planning Committee Members?

Ellen Bordman, Nivedi Das, Bri McAlevey, Kathi Mirza, Shawn Moriarty, Lori Novick-Carson, and Cheryl Schnitzer

Read about the January 2021 Read for the Planet here.