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  • Kathy Shimpock

Diana Beresford-Kroeger (1944- ): Passion to Save the Earth

During these days of uncertainty, many women seek strong, positive, wise, and vital examples of aging.  Fortunately, such role models exist. These women embody the character of the wise old woman archetype. Their lives provide inspiration and guidance for the darkest of days. Diana Beresford-Kroeger is one of these women. There are many more; we only have to open our eyes to see them.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a medical biochemist, botanist, and environmentalist.  Raised in Ireland, she was trained in the ancient Celtic knowledge of plants and nature as a child. Later she continued her education, achieving a master's degree in botany and two PhDs, one in biochemistry and the other in biology. Diana has spent her life confirming her early teachings using scientific research and experimentation.

Diana’s legacy project is to clone and map the entire global forest. She continues this work today, as a scientist and as an activist by writing and speaking on the importance of trees. Diana contends that if each person would plant a single tree for 6 years, we would halt climate change - giving us time to find a more permanent solution.

Diana has written numerous books, including “To Speak for the Trees,” which is part memoir and part Celtic tree wisdom.  The documentary “Call to Forest” focuses on her work with First Nations activists.


  1. What is your legacy project?

  2. What steps might you take to save the earth?

  3. Why is the traditional knowledge and the wisdom of elders important to remember?

  4. Which teachings would you want to pass on to others?

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