FE2.3 - Communia Omnia

Illustration by Briony Penn

Illustration by Briony Penn


Who, or what, is a Naturalist? With the help of author Briony Penn, we trace the intertwined stories of two pivotal characters in the modern environmental movement: Cecil Paul (Wa'xaid) & the late Ian McTaggart-Cowan. These larger-than-life figures inspired a generation to reconnect, intellectually and spiritually, with the natural world. Associate producer Fern Yip investigates what it all means to the youth of today.

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Show Notes

This episode features Briony Penn, Arnaud Gagne, Matt McKinney, Jean-Claude Catry, and kids from the WOLF Program at Wisdom of the Earth School (Sahara, Matilda, Isaac, & Maya)

To find Briony’s books, go to www.brionypenn.com. Also, for more on the ‘B’, check out ‘The Bison and the B’, from CBC Ideas.

For more information on Wisdom of the Earth School, visit www.wisdomoftheearth.ca.

Music in this episode was produced by kmathz, VALSI, Luke and Charissa Garrigus, Claude Debussy, Leave, Sunfish Moon Light

Special thanks to Briony Penn, Simone Miller, Tori Elliot at Touchwood Editions, the entire team at the Wisdom of the Earth School, Ilana Fonariov, and the Access to Media Education Society.

A lot of research goes into each episode of Future Ecologies, including great journalism from a variety of media outlets, and we like to cite our sources:

Penn, B. (2015). The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan. Nanoose Bay CA: Heritage House Publishing.

Penn, B. (2019). A Year on the Wild Side: a West Coast naturalists almanac. Victoria, British Columbia: TouchWood Editions.

Paul, C., & Penn, B. (2019). Stories from the Magic Canoe. Vancouver, BC: Heritage House.

This podcast includes audio recorded by Herbert Boland, protected by a Creative Commons attribution license, and accessed through the Freesound Project.

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