Like lots of people this month, this year, this lifetime, we are thinking about what we can do to renew our commitment to the health of the planet. Fifty-two years after the first Earth Day we are focused on staying hopeful. How do we stay connected to one another to make change? When faced with big questions we like to look to the Earth. And find particular hope when looking to our allies in Kingdom Fungi.
Mycorrhizal networks are likely the whole reason this life on Earth thing even got moving. Land-going plants are the result of an ancient (like billions of years ancient) symbiotic relationship between aquatic algae and aquatic fungi. We think it’s fair to say that the evolution of plants, and our evolution, was made possible only because of this partnership between plants and fungi. If we have any hope of surviving, we’re gonna need a little help from Kingdom Fungi. They teach us lessons about connection and working together against all odds, sequester carbon, and our favorite medicinal mushrooms strengthen and nourish our bodies. Plus lots of them taste out of this world good.
Fungi are the key to our survival. They are literally magic that strengthen and support our bodies and minds as we think and work together on the collective problems we face as humans. Mushroom Magic anyone?
We look to Kingdom Fungi for lessons of hope and connection in the fight against climate change. So, we asked five of our favorite mycologically minded people to weigh-in on our big questions about how to get into mushrooms and how to stay hopeful on Earth.