At one point in history, individuals were renowned for being skilled conversationalists – people who were so adept at the art of conversation, that others would feel instantly at ease. Today, the art of conversation has largely been removed from the spotlight and rarely do we find ourselves applauding someone else’s ability to carry a conversation – no matter how skilled they may be. Though green lifestyles, eco-friendly products, and a dialogue about climate change has certainly been slipping into the spotlight more and more over the past few years.
In this way, I’ve started this blog to encourage myself and others to bring the ethic of conservation into the foreground of daily practice. The Conservationalist is about creating a dialogue around conservation and urging for change in all areas of life. Of course the most important way to achieve success with conservation is by having governmental policies which seek to protect the world at large and by holding both individuals and businesses to standards which achieve that end, but the grassroots of such shifts in societal values comes from education. And one of the easiest ways to educate others about causes you find to be important, is by inviting them into a dialogue to learn more about something you’re already passionate about.
To this end, I am striving to be a Conservationalist – someone who encourages a dialogue about conservation with friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers by altering small life decisions and sharing my experiences with them. One week it might be the benefits of moving to a Zero Waste Office Lifestyle, another week might be about the amazing produce we’ve been able to get through our CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) season crop share. Each time I’m engaging someone else with an idea they might find to be appealing, I’m creating a chain reaction of education and lifestyle alternatives. While I might only be sharing these ideas with my close family and friends to start, soon I might see one or two of them making similar changes, and potentially sharing the same information I first shared with them, with others. At which point, while starting small, we’re all becoming Conservationalists and encouraging others to be just as passionate about the health of our world as we are.
And so – Let’s All Be Conservationalists!
Best of Luck,