Biodivvy

e v e r y d a y | B I O D I V E R S I T Y

About

Biodivvy provides useful information and insightful commentary about biodiversity. It also offers links to other useful biodiversity resources online.

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

Why? Why? Why? 

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.  

6th-mass-extinction-graph

Cumulative vertebrate species recorded as extinct or extinct in the wild by the IUCN (2012). Dashed black curve represents the number of extinctions expected under a constant standard background rate of 2 E/MSY. This is a highly conservative estimate.

Who created this blog?

This blog is the brainchild of Erica Eller, an biodiversity enthusiast living in Istanbul, Turkey. She also writes another blog on books and cultural commentary called Pomp and Intertext.

First, I have to confess. Environmentalists can be preachy, lame, idealistic cry babies who put themselves in front of bulldozers or tie themselves to trees.

They sometimes have outdated websites and  make up goofy neologisms (ecofeminismecosexuality, ecocide, ecocityrewilding, biodivvy, etc.) to support their causes.

They are often accused of spreading apocalyptic messages of impending doom and immanent threats to health and safety. 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 climate science actually does promise real consequences. 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 care so much that I get TOO SERIOUS about it sometimes. In this blog, I’m going to try something new: care mixed with a healthy dose of self-deprecation.

I also grew up in a unique cultural intersection of bulldozers (my family owns a small construction business that builds roads, sewers, and lays water lines) and nature (I grew up on five acres of wooded forest in Eastern Washington and I’ve spent time camping, hiking, and backpacking in the wilderness of Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, California, and Washington). 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 (reading list coming soon). I’m not a scientist nor have I majored in biology. Instead, I have a Master’s degree in English Literature, which hopefully explains my lust for reading and cultural criticism. 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, which I hope includes the old, the young, educators, project-minded visionaries, journalists, researchers, activists, artists and other non-scientists of all races, religions, genders, etc. (Scientists are also welcome…*fist-bump*).

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. It comes from a place of desire for change at a structural level to consider the implications of our capitalist system of land and resource ownership. 

What are the goals of the blog?

  1. Feed my readers’ addiction for biodiversity knowledge.
  2. 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.
  3. Provide shareable, clickable toolkits and resources for engaging in worldwide efforts to improve biodiversity.
  4. Develop a community around the topic of biodiversity.
  5. Offer a good model for environmental engagement.