This issue of Mountain Record is the first in a three-part series exploring our human relationship to the planet. At this point, it's safe to say that it's a relationship in deep trouble. Climate change is undeniable, and its disastrous effects continue to reveal themselves in gross and subtle ways. Shugen Sensei writes, "As practitioners, we can see that with every hindrance in the mind, a wall is perceived which divides and leads to conflict." The walls we have created between what is alive and what isn't, between what matters and what is expendable have led to the present emergency. So, how do we take them down? In this issue we look at Buddhist teachings on interdependence that may not only shift our view of the Earth, but also illuminate the climate crisis. Includes writing by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ganeen Marie Haugen, Naomi Klein, Lewis Thomas, and others.