There is an increasing presence in the public discourse of expressed commitments to redressing the rampant destruction of lands and waters. Yet, we are still some ways away from the sorts of embedded cultural changes necessary for a true paradigm shift in our collective environmental responsibility. As a direct and effective investment in redressing remains unexpressed by the structures we inhabit, we would do well do question our approach to how we live in, and with, the world. This public conversation will consider our connection to the natural world. Are hierarchized structures of profit systematically opposed to a natural order or can an expressed commitment to sustainability bring about balance? To what extent does apoliticalism in strategies fail to recognize and meaningfully address root causes of environmental decay? This conversation is presented in conjunction with Hannah Claus’ installation “earth. sea. sky. constellations for my relations” presented at the MAI from February 15 to March 17.