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Sea7 On Demand | Ocean Activist Training

Ep 4. Charles Post

The currency of conservation is passion

Hosted by Lawrence Stafford

This next episode comes from the vault - recorded a couple of months back as I caught up with the fascinating, multifaceted, Charles Post. Charles is a Ecologist, Filmmaker, Explorer and lifelong surfer based out of Montana in the US.

I’ve had some great back and forth with Charles over the years, more often than not surf related or simply shared interest in one anothers work and I’d had him pencilled in to join us on the show since day one.

Knowing the breadth and variety of Charles work, it was extremely easy to go off on a tangent or quite literally down a rabbit hole, and we spent the first 20 minutes speaking solely about eagles, wolves and roaming elk. Skipping ahead, we discussed about everything from 30x30 biodiversity initiatives, growing up surfing in California, hiking in nature with NFL running backs and inner city kids, to decomposing seal heads and sparking curiosity for conservation early on.

“One of the nice dovetails between surfers and scientists is the stoke. We all have that buddy who will call us and tell us how sick their session was. Head high and offshore - that’s the kind of enthusiasm so many scientists have.”

Show Notes

  • Migratory sea birds
  • Natural History Museum collaboration link
  • Oyster Catchers
  • Biophilia - is an innate affinity of life or living systems
  • Hunter Gatherers
  • Forest bathing
  • Physiological effects of being in nature - reduced anxiety, blood pressure, immune system.
  • Salmon migration
  • Alaska
  • Lowers, California
  • Marine Biology
  • Ocean as a thriving ecosystem
  • 30x30 goals
  • Landscape preservation efforts
  • Hip camp
  • Fast Company
  • Indigenous wisdom
  • Coexisting with nature & nature stewardship
  • Incentivising private citizens to be part of 30x30 solutions
  • Rewilding
  • Conserving wildlife corridors
  • Ecosystems: topsoil / habitat availability / land use change
  • The Nature Project
  • Finding your tribe
  • Marine mammal rehabilitation
  • Interaction with marine wildlife
  • Entomology
  • Washington
  • Berkley University
  • Standing river wave, Missoula, US
  • St Lawrence, Montreal, Canada
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Munich, Eisbach river wave

Further Reading

  • ‘Half Earth’ - E.O. Wilson
  • ‘Natures Best Hope’ – Douglas W. Tallamy
  • ‘Surf Is Where You Find It’ - Gerry Lopez




Sound Design

by John Sampson a.k.a CJ MIRRA