Episode 76: We plant trees, but why?

In this edition of the podcast series “Bærekraft i Skandinavia” (Sustainability in Scandinavia), I reach out into the world and connect with artist, writer, and filmmaker from the United States, Joseph Redwood-Martinez. He has recently made a full length documentary that explores a reforestation initiative in Haiti, namely Sadhana Forest. The documentary is called One day, everything will be free. In our conversation we go deep into some of the themes explored in the documentary, and Joseph also explains how immersing himself in the Sadhana Forest community challenged his whole way of thinking and being. Why do we want to change someone or something? What are our motivations? Is it actually possible to really change something? Do we even know why things are the way they are, just now? These are just some of the truly thought provoking questions that came up, making this conversation highly relevant for people involved in change initiatives or community building projects. Joseph is also looking for people who can screen his film, so feel free to contact him regarding this.

We´re hoping to do a screening in Trondheim, Norway (the place where the host lives), so stay tuned for announcements or contact the host if you are interested in joining or helping.  

If you feel inspired or provoked by our conversation feel free to add your comments after the interview. You can also send in a written piece of work and get it published together with this episode. Further details can be found here.


Episode links:

Contact Joseph
One day, everything will be free
, documentary website
Sadhana Forest 


“It is amazing, it really does something to you, when you spend the morning mulching* a tree, and then a big gust of wind comes and knocks of all the leaves that you´ve just put there…and you just say: “
what am I doing, what am I doing, really?

Joseph Redwood-Martinez
(from the interview)