If we want social justice, we have to do more than widen the existing lens

A tree trunk, branches and canopy seen from the ground with sunlight coming through to the left of the photo.
Photo by Jan Huber on Unsplash

Like millions of other people, I was taught that trees compete with each other for nutrients and space and light. Rapid tree growth was a sign of success. The text book said that planting trees at some distance apart would maximise yields. The worth of a tree started when it became wood, or because it trapped carbon dioxide which benefited humans. Nowadays we can…