In conversation with
Dr. September Williams
Guardians of the Trees
Tues., Sept. 28, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store
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.
When Kinari Webb first traveled to Indonesian Borneo at 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?
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.
September Williams, MD is a physician-writer, bioethicist, and filmmaker. Her work promotes narrative inquiry in bioethics through stories which are diverse, humanitarian, and scientifically imbued. Dr. Williams’ concern about environmental degradation, related to the health of those most vulnerable to illness and premature death, resulted in her authoring Chasing Mercury. Chasing Mercury is a multicultural romance-suspense about families committed to human rights and environmental justice while battling mercury poisoning. It is the first novel of the ‘Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy’ with the upcoming books being Weighing Lead and Mining Gold. She lives in Oakland.
Kinari Webb photo by Audra Miller; September Williams photo courtesy of the author