The Green Mind explores the intersection of social and environmental advocacy. We take a journey to uncover the actions people are taking around the world to showcase the symbiotic, yet sometimes tumultuous, relationship between people and nature. Your host, Leander Lacy, is a trained environmental social scientist and is a consultant for environmental organizations that are trying to meet both social and ecological outcomes. He has worked on projects around the world exploring the relationship between people and nature. Now he wants to bring his love for this work to you! He will interview experts that are doing work now to build and sustain this critical connection between communities and the Earth.
Leander wraps up Season 3 and talks about the future of The Green Mind Podcast. Support his journey in bringing this podcast to listeners into the future.
1:15: Date of Season 4
1:50: Helping The Green Mind
3:20: Dr. Paul Zeitz
4:45: Utilizing Funds for The Green Mind
5:25: Other ways to help
DEI in Natural Resource Departments
Professor Leander Lacy connects with Dr. Rickey Frierson to discuss the academic institutions that are producing the future leaders in natural resources. Dr. Frierson is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University. They discuss navigating natural resources departments and integrating DEI for faculty and staff.
4:35 - Recruiting diverse students/talent
17:12 - When you are not the DEI expert
23:57 - Dr. Frierson’s journey into natural resources
31:12 - Leander’s journey into natural resources
36:15 - Success for DEI in academics
40:10 - Dr. Frierson’s vision
Environmental Justice, Law, and Water
Leander connects with an old friend, Veronica Oakler, from his undergrad program in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Go Gators! They take a journey through their careers and tackle some very difficult conversations around environmental justice.
3:56: Wildlife Conservation and Law in Florida
7:51: Love of Florida Black Bears
18:39: Clean Water for North Carolina
21:02: Environmental Justice
34:28: Getting Policies on the Agenda
40:24: Get Involved in North Carolina
Diversifying Perspectives for Water Conservation
Leander meets up with Blake Osborn to talk about a great program happening at Colorado State University attempting to get more voices into the water conservation world. Listen in as they tackle some difficult conversations.
3:40 - Colorado State University Water Program
11:15 - Bringing diverse perspectives into water conservation
17:41 - Diversifying your Conference Attendees
19:48 - Water Rights in Colorado
28:19 - Benefits of the program
The System Called Conservation
Leander meets Grace Anderson for the first time and they unpack the conservation field and the various impacts the system has on all people. Grace is very interested in social justice, conservation principles, and healing through nature. Follow this interesting conversation as they both take a tour around the social construct we call conservation.
3:37 - Grace’s Conservation Career
09:37 - Identity Erasure in Conservation
15:21 - The Show Pose
19:25 - Finding Peace and Solitude in Nature
25:57 - Navigating the Conservation System
Meet the Commissioners
Leander talks to local Commissioners Adam (Colorado Parks and Wildlife) and Nanjappa (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) as they explore what it means to be a commissioner and the importance of every citizen to engage in the decision being made about their natural resources. They also have deep conversations about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion means in the world of Commissioners.
5:05: Commissioner Gordon from Batman
14:12: Oil and Gas vs Parks and Wildlife
24:53: Women and race identity in the Commissioner role
44:27: If you could do it all over
Loved the episode with Jim Cummings
The work that he does is inspiring! I love that he was able to share his story! He is a remarkable man. Thank you, keep up the great work!
Great thinker for complex times
Leander Lacy has the kind of intersectional thinking we’ll need to remake the heathy and just planet we need and his communication style is engaging and welcoming. Highly recommended!