I am an explorer conducting a solo expedition in the Hudson River Valley, which also happens to be my backyard! Although I am a one-woman team, I will be drawing influence and support from local residents that are specialists in a variety of environmental, historical, and anthropological fields.
Some members of my community that have been instrumental in my explorative efforts include:
Andrew Revkin: Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism at National Geographic
Hank Osborn: Senior Program Coordinator of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Pete Salmansohn: Environmental Educator for the Hudson Highlands Land Trust
My academic and professional experiences:
I will be graduating college in upstate NY in December 2018 with a B.A. in English Writing. My minor is in Creative Writing. My Academic “Pathway” or concentration is in Environmental Science.
Some notable classes I have taken include:
-“Environmental Issues” -“Environmental Ethics” -“Animal Ethics” -“Biology” -“Cultural Anthropology” -Environmental Literature: “Nature & the Environment” -History: “History of the Hudson Valley” -Travel Writing
My background has trained me to tackle challenges creatively, and to convey concepts through the use of rhetorical devices. In February, I participated in an entrepreneurship program hosted by MIT (http://bootcamp.mit.edu/),,) where I began a venture that solves global challenges in the environment, agriculture, and mining resources sectors. I served as our international team’s media and marketing manager. I delegated tasks, coordinated meetings, and represented our product with engaging visuals to aid outreach. To conclude the program, our team presented to a host of global Investors and members of the MIT community.
Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned regarding environmental sustainability and conservation however, was while summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. I observed how global warming, caused by pollution and deforestation, is consigning the endemic wildlife to potential extinction, and detrimentally impacting the livelihood of the lands’ local people who rely on Kilimanjaro’s natural resources. Kilimanjaro is teeming with life, yet due to its isolation, its fate is contingent on media exposure. People are not motivated to conserve a place they know little about.
You can find out more about my motivations for conservation on my previous Open Explorer post. Additionally, I will be posting frequent updates regarding my expedition progress on Twitter and Instagram. You can follow me here:
My next Open Explorer post will be about the Anthropocene and what this term entails.
See you on the trails!