Jeff Corwin

For over two decades, Jeff Corwin has been telling stories of wildlife and nature to global audiences through his many celebrated television series on ABC, NBC, Travel Channel, Food Network, Disney Channel, and Animal Planet. Currently, Jeff is an Executive Producer and host of ABC's Ocean Treks. In April 2020, Jeff created and executively produced the critically acclaimed TV series Alaska Animal Rescue for Nat Geo Wild, which has just been green-lit for a second season! His critically acclaimed NBC documentary and book, 100 Heartbeats, engaged both the readers and broadcast audience on the 21st Century plight of endangered species. Jeff is a leader in conservation, recognized through his work as an Emmy winning television host, producer, journalist, author, explorer and wildlife biologist. His lifelong experience, academic training, and partnerships with top conservationists allow Jeff exclusive access to the compelling stories from the battle to save our natural world. Jeff's quest for adventure has brought him to the frontlines of conservation in over 130 countries. Armed with a spirited wit, Jeff is tenacious, raw, and real, risking it all to share his passion with the world. The fuel that drives Jeff’s life-long career is a love for adventure and discovery, as he is working to change the world one species at a time and leave a vital legacy for future generations. Jeff is also passionate about local sustainability when not in the field, he is likely harvesting honey, eggs, and veggies from his island farm in New England with his wife and two daughters. 

3 words to describe Nature? 

Dynamic. Diverse. Interconnection 

3 things Nature taught you? 

Resiliency 

Discipline

Humility 

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

Sitka Alaska

Tasmania Australia

Masai Mara Kenya

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Small but peaceful

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

Excited to explore

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

Insignificant 

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

Hopeful

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Trepidation

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

Somnolent 

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

I am an ocean person; I live on a small island off of New England. When I am home, I fish and dive just about every day. 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

10 being most important

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Finding my first serpent, a garter snake in my grandparents' backyard at age 6, my heart nearly exploded with excitement. I knew then that I would spend the rest of my life working with wildlife and nature.

 


Merlin Sheldrake

 

photo credit is Gaiane De Brabanter

Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer with a background in plant sciences, microbiology, ecology, and the history and philosophy of science. He received a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Merlin’s research ranges from fungal biology, to the history of Amazonian ethnobotany, to the relationship between sound and form in resonant systems. A keen brewer and fermenter, he is fascinated by the relationships that arise between humans and more-than-human organisms. His book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures is available in North America starting May 12.

3 words to describe Nature?

All. Inseparable. Entangled. 

3 things Nature taught you?

Wonder

That there's no such thing as things, only processes

To forget where I start and stop

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Hampstead Heath, in London

The arbutus-covered coastal bluffs in British Columbia, Canada

The ancient oak woodlands in Devon, UK

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Small

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Relieved

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Curious

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

Open

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Excited

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Exhilarated

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Forest and ocean 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10 

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

In the autumn I used to make piles of fallen leaves and lie inside them, absorbed in the smells and the damp. These experiences ignited my interest in the astonishing organisms that oversee decomposition - and which too easily escape our notice.

 


Pravin Pillay

Prav Pillay is the co-founder of Humanitas Smart Planet Fund, founder of Emergent Performance Consulting, and an artist, researcher, and educator whose creative practice explores how we locate ourselves through the politics of place, culture, and ecology. He has more than 35 years of experience as a social entrepreneur leading, developing and coaching high-performance teams and organizations working on progressive and challenging projects across private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He specializes in Progressive Tech orientation developed over almost 4 decades of involvement in mainframe operations, national data network management, new media and video streaming tech, robotics, AI, SAAS, military-grade surveillance and security, and social tech initiatives.

For several years, Prav was a co-facilitator of Media That Matters - a gathering of media change makers at Hollyhock a leading educational facility on west coast of Canada and more recently served as the Artist and Community Strategist in Residence with R.A.V.E.N. (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs), sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and also an Executive in Residence with VIATEC - a technology incubator in Victoria, BC.

Prav holds a B. Arts and Science from McMaster University, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, an MBA from McGill University and an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. During his MFA, Prav sought to understand the nature of systems based artworks and collaborated with engineers in Human-Computer interaction to conduct art-science experiments that played in the intersection of art, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

3 words to describe Nature?

Truth. Beauty. Goodness 

3 things Nature taught you?

The meaning of Truth

Beauty

Goodness 

3 most treasured Nature spots?

The seasonal waterfall in the temperate rainforest near my island home in the Pacific North West

A particular island in a glacier-fed lake in the Xeni Gwet'in territory of British Columbia, Canada

A particular mountain top in the Sinai Desert

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

At home

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

At home 

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

If active - I am in awe. If dormant - pensive.

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

The beingness of the temporal moment in the vastness of time

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Alive and awake 

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Clean inside

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Each biome is equally compelling. The call is towards deep wild places.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10 

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

Raising monarch butterfly caterpillars. First collecting the caterpillars and milkweed from under the bleachers of the suburban high school near my home. Then caring for the caterpillars and observing them undergo metamorphosis to chrysalid form and then to butterfly. Finally releasing the butterflies to nature.