In my last entry I introduced to you all my first independent project – The Drop Off Podcast. While that post was still mainly about me and my journey, this (shorter) one will serve as a summary for the podcast itself!
Since recently starting a new job with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and lacking in the way of reliable internet, things have been a little slow going – but I assure all of you that the mission is underway! I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who reached out with words of encouragement and urged me to keep going. It was more uplifting than you know!
The time has come for me to finally start recording conversations! For listeners and potential guests, I’d like to take this opportunity to share a little bit of the vision.
I got into this telling you all about my personal journey, my battle to be healthy and live a life of meaning. That’s all well and good, and will surely come up often, but The Drop Off is a podcast that primarily aims to connect these and other things back to my ultimate focus – environmental conservation. I’d like to have many conversations about what it means to be human and all the things that go along with that, but the starting point here – and the central point of it all really – is thinking about our place in nature.
Thinking about the world today, we have all of these problems. We’ve all heard a lot about how we’re disrupting the climate, losing biodiversity, destroying habitat. But for the purposes of this podcast, I plan to focus more on what connections can be drawn between these problems – how we affect them, and how they ultimately affect us. In this sense, I think it is very important to fully embrace the wider concept that is the ecosystem.
ecosystem | ˈēkōˌsistəm | noun Ecology a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.
Thinking about things on the ecosystem level resonates with me for the reason I’ve highlighted in bold there – community. Most individuals with their heads above ground recognize the environmental problems we face. But we tend to recognize these problems as discrete – we think of things such as losing x acres of habitat to development or individual species to extinction. What we often forget though is that these problems are not discrete, they play out within an ecological community, and one that we are a part of. When we act like we are conserving a forest just so that we can have a nice trail to visit, that’s great, but it is not (apparently) enough. We need to begin to recognize these places as part of our ecosystem, and start thinking about the wholesale adaptations we can begin to implement on the individual and societal levels to improve the health of this community that exists all around us.
Who Should Join Me as a Guest?
I don’t want to rule anyone out – really! But you should definitely reach out if you are someone in the environmental (or related) field. Particularly, I want to hear from you if you are someone with an interest in taking this mission to a new level, especially by thinking outside the box. Are you itching to be heard? Let me be your soapbox! Conservation has been a slow uphill battle – what do you think needs to change? Where should we go from here? Sit down with me and let’s talk!
I have already begun to reach out to potential guests nationwide. If you are are interested in sitting down for a conversation please reach out and please also feel free to help me to spread the word to anyone in your network who you think may be interested. If you know of someone you think would make for a great conversation, let me know!
Who should listen to this podcast? (besides everyone)
People with an interest in nature and wildlife, but also human health, food systems, and land use etc etc. I’ll be focusing particularly on how all of these things can inform this central question about our place in nature. However the ecological level certainly isn’t the only area that’s important to me. This will not just be a podcast about nature, or even the human place in it. It will also be about what it means to simply be human and think critically about what drives us, about what makes life worth living.
I’m of the opinion that we are living in a time of severed connections – from each other, our ecosystem, the present moment, and all the not so little things that make us healthy and whole. As someone with Crohn’s disease, I understand this reality all too well, and I know many others suffer from ailments like depression, general emptiness, or a simple desire for some tiny shred of adventure. This is mine.
I couldn’t be more exited (or nervous) to begin this project, and I couldn’t do it without you – the community. So again – many thanks.