59 episodes

Future Ecologies is a podcast about relationships: between, within, amongst, and all around us. Made for audiophiles and nature lovers alike, every episode is an invitation to see the world in a new light – set to original music & immersive soundscapes, and weaving together interviews with expert knowledge holders.

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    • 4.9 • 68 Ratings

Future Ecologies is a podcast about relationships: between, within, amongst, and all around us. Made for audiophiles and nature lovers alike, every episode is an invitation to see the world in a new light – set to original music & immersive soundscapes, and weaving together interviews with expert knowledge holders.

    FE4.6 - An Island Unto Itself

    FE4.6 - An Island Unto Itself

    What does it mean to live on an island? Is it to be independent from, or inexorably dependent on the rest of the world? And when the ecosystem's physical limitations are so clearly circumscribed, do people behave more "environmentally"?
    In this episode, we visit Adam's home island of Galiano, and find out just how big its ecological footprint really is.
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    https://galianoconservancy.ca/oneisland/ (Explore the full One Island, One Earth report) (and interactive map)
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    • 53 min
    Future Ecologies presents: The Wind

    Future Ecologies presents: The Wind

    Listening to The Disintegration Loops during wildfire season — a review of William Basinski’s seminal album as a meditation on looping thoughts, physical disintegration, and fire.
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    Subscribe to The Wind wherever you get your podcasts, and visit https://www.thewind.org (thewind.org)
    You can find a transcript of this episode at https://the-wind.simplecast.com/episodes/the-disintegration-loops/transcript (https://the-wind.simplecast.com/episodes/the-disintegration-loops/transcript)

    • 34 min
    FE4.5 - Model Citizens: Bearly Legal (Part 2)

    FE4.5 - Model Citizens: Bearly Legal (Part 2)

    The North American Model is just one story of how wildlife conservation can be practiced. In part 2 of this mini-series we tell another: of restorative human–predator relationships and local self-determination.
    We're bringing you a success story from the Great Bear Rainforest, and another articulation of how we can relate to wildlife — complete with its own set of guiding principles, naturally.
    https://www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-5-model-citizens-pt2 (For musical credits, citations, and more, click here.)
    https://www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-4-model-citizens-pt1 (Click here for Part 1)
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    • 54 min
    FE4.4 - Model Citizens: Fair Game (Part 1)

    FE4.4 - Model Citizens: Fair Game (Part 1)

    North America abounds in wildlife — but why?
    At the turn of the last century, many observers believed that species that we take for granted today would disappear forever. In this episode, we share a story about the way that wildlife conservation came to be practiced, the lives that it privileged, and the lives that it left out.
    But despite any controversy, one aspect of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (or "the NAM" for our purposes) is indisputable: its principles explain the landscape of laws and institutions in which North Americans enjoy nature today.
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    https://www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-4-model-citizens-pt1 (For musical credits, citations, and more, click here.)
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    • 59 min
    FE4.3 - A Tiny Wilderness

    FE4.3 - A Tiny Wilderness

    What can a brand new patch of nature tell us about Europe's ancient history?
    In this episode, we touch down in the Netherlands, where an unconventional experiment (the Oostvaardersplassen) has shaken up both the field of ecology and Dutch society. What started as a bird watcher’s obsession with thousands of trekking geese, led to a criticism of one of the central tenets in ecology: ecosystem succession.
    Enter a counter-theory that would return the rarest of birds, butterflies, and a once-extinct mega mammal to one of the most densely populated countries on earth.
    For photos, transcripts, citations, and musical credits, head to https://www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-3-a-tiny-wilderness (www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-3-a-tiny-wilderness)
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    Join our community of supporting listeners (for as little as $1 per month) for access to early releases, a rad discord server, and more:
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    • 58 min
    FE4.2 - Terminal

    FE4.2 - Terminal

    At the heart of the Salish Sea lies the Fraser River Estuary: home to over half of the population of the Province of British Columbia, thousands of endemic species, and one world-famous pod of orcas. But as the human population of the region has grown, wildlife populations — including salmonids, orcas, and over 100 species at risk — have been plummeting.
    As economic imperatives press up against ecological thresholds, a mega-project that has been in development for over a decade is poised to further alter the character of the estuary, with massive implications for the health of Salish Sea and its many residents.
    In this episode, we ask: can we find ways to hear each other through all the noise?
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    For lots of photos, transcripts, citations, musical credits, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's responses to our questions, head to https://www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-2-terminal (www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-4-2-terminal)
    For more information on how to take action on the https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/80054 (RBT2 public comment period) (open until March 15, 2022), see https://www.raincoast.org/2022/02/take-action-for-the-fraser-river-estuary-by-february-13th/ (Raincoast Conservation’s guide)
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    Future Ecologies is independent and ad-free. This podcast is possible thanks to our https://www.futureecologies.net/patrons (supporters on Patreon)
    Join our community of supporting listeners for access to early releases, a rad discord server, and more
    ✨https://www.patreon.com/futureecologies (https://www.patreon.com/futureecologies) ✨
    If you'd prefer to support the show with a one-time donation, you can do so at https://www.futureecologies.net/donate (https://www.futureecologies.net/donate)
    And if you can't support the show financially, you can always leave us a nice rating (or even a review) wherever you listen. We post our favourites at https://www.futureecologies.net/#reviews (https://www.futureecologies.net/#reviews) 💖

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Golden State Naturalist ,

So glad I found this podcast

I always learn so much from Future Ecologies, and it’s because each episode is so well-researched and carefully crafted. The guests are always fascinating, Adam and Mendel offer meaningful commentary, and the show is highly produced, which makes it an easy and engaging listening experience. Thanks for making this, guys!

carlsjayyne ,

Awesome podcast!

The storytelling really brings the ecological concepts to life!

NYCisListening ,

Ecology like a thriller

If this podcast were a book, it'd be a pageturner. And that's not because Adam and Mendel simplify things. Instead, they take the obstacles in their protagonists' way plus whatever complicates their topic, and then they turn that into fascinating twists. I originally just wanted to understand kelp better when I found this podcast. Thanks to Adam and Mendel, I found a whole world of fascinating ecology stories.

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