Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned political and climate activist, writer, and economist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. A member of the Ojibwe Nation, she lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota as an industrial hemp grower. Her keynote speech at Parson’s New School Healthy Material Lab about the future of hemp in the built environment was incredibly inspiring to me. Everything Winona puts her energy into is incredibly important for the future of our planet. You can find it on Youtube
: Parson’s recently completed a project of a single family home built with hemp insulation that was featured on America by Design TV. Hemp is an incredibly renewable resouce that can be turned into many different building materials. It is one of the first truly creative and healthly solutions I have seen to solve the problem of waste and toxic materials within the built environment.