I created a blog that encourages readers to think deeply about the mass extinction underway and the role of biodiversity in our world.
Tell me about the blog’s name.
Biodiversity + Divvy up = Biodivvy
Let’s divvy up the planet among all species, not just people.
What is the purpose of Biodivvy?
- to make everyday people fall in love with biodiversity
- to approach this era’s mass extinction with candor
- to inspire biodiversity activism
- to educate about and to honor our rich natural history
- to bring humor to a topic that desperately needs it
- to become an environmental blogging leader
According to Science Advances Magazine, we have entered the sixth mass extinction of the planet according to research led by Gerardo Ceballos at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. So, in the face of unprecedented rates of mass extinction and a Donald Trump presidency and cabinet, which seeks to destroy the United States’ existing legacy of environmental leadership, I HAD TO DO SOMETHING!
Thus, Biodivvy was born.
This is a highly conservative estimate.Dashed black curve represents the number of extinctions expected under a constant standard background rate of 2 E/MSY.
Who created this blog?
This blog is the brainchild of Erica Eller, an biodiversity enthusiast living in Istanbul, Turkey.
We all know environmentalists can be preachy and tie themselves to trees. Sometimes, they have outdated websites and make up goofy neologisms (ecofeminism, ecosexuality, ecocide, ecocity, rewilding, biodivvy, etc.) to support their causes.
They are often accused of spreading doomsday messages. In other words, they try everything to get the general population to care about the environment.
Some people ridicule or dismiss the environmentalists’ “exaggerated” claims. This adds insult to injury, since environmentalists know they are right. Please, don’t shoot the messenger.
So I admit, I care.
I did grow up on Fern Gully and The Lorax and maybe it sounds lame, but I do want to “save mother earth” and “heal the planet.” I care, just like those activists who dress up as bees to protest Monsanto.
I also grew up in a unique cultural intersection of bulldozers and nature. My family owned a construction business, but we lived on a large plot of land and camped in wilderness areas during most of our vacations. That was confusing, but…
I wanted to know more! I turned to reading and research to contemplate the historical, political, corporate and social angles of environmental problems. I’m not a scientist, nor have I majored in biology. Instead, I have a Master’s degree in English Literature. I learned that becoming an environmentalist is fraught with contradictions and dilemmas, which should not dissuade us. We can split hairs all day, but the clock is ticking (and Donald Trump became president).
I chose to focus on biodiversity as a means to redirect our energy from the problems to the solutions: rebuilding habitats, understanding other living species and our related interdependence, and acknowledging these species’ (assumed) voice in the struggle to protect our natural resources.
Who is this blog for?
This blog is mostly for everyday people: average Joes and Janes, educators, activists, artists and other non-scientists.
Even though I don’t want to get too serious and scare away those who are faint of heart, this blog is nevertheless for people interested in systemic and structural change by reconsidering the implications of our capitalist system of land and resource ownership.
What are the goals of the blog?
- Feed my readers’ addiction for biodiversity knowledge.
- Build a phenomenal biodiversity blog filled with well-curated and entertaining blog features on natural wonders, novel ideas, and political obstacles and pathways to biodiversity.
- Provide shareable, clickable toolkits and resources for engaging in worldwide efforts to improve biodiversity.
- Develop a community around the topic of biodiversity.
- Offer a good model for environmental engagement.