Ep 4. Charles Post - The currency of conservation is passion
This next episode comes from the vault - recorded a couple of months back as I caught up with the fascinating, multifaceted, Charles Post.
Hosted by Lawrence Stafford
Sound Design by John Sampson a.k.a CJ MIRRA
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.
Migratory sea birds
Natural History Museum collaboration link
Biophilia - is an innate affinity of life or living systems
Physiological effects of being in nature - reduced anxiety, blood pressure, immune system.
Ocean as a thriving ecosystem
Landscape preservation efforts
Coexisting with nature & nature stewardship
Incentivising private citizens to be part of 30x30 solutions
Conserving wildlife corridors
Ecosystems: topsoil / habitat availability / land use change
Finding your tribe
Marine mammal rehabilitation
Interaction with marine wildlife
Standing river wave, Missoula, US
St Lawrence, Montreal, Canada
Munich, Eisbach river wave
‘Half Earth’ - E.O. Wilson
‘Natures Best Hope’ – Douglas W. Tallamy
‘Surf Is Where You Find It’ - Gerry Lopez
Cooper Helfet - Co-founder, The Nature Project
Marshawn Lynch, NFL running back