Episode 1: Why we need to sustain ourselves to care for wildlife
– a conversation with Jessica Dolce
In this episode I have a great conversation on the topic of self-care, with an amazing woman – someone I have been in touch with for several years, and who I greatly admire and respect. She is a person in the animal care world like us, and her name is Jessica Dolce. Our conversation dives into messages around a topic I’ve been struggling to understand and draw out. Jessica helps lay these messages bare, to stimulate and challenge us, enabling consideration of self sustainment for the sake of the wildlife.
There is a song I like which has the line ‘Did I start this or did this start me’? This fittingly describes my more than two decades journey as a volunteer wildlife carer. For me, caring for wildlife is a fundamental form of connection with nature, providing opportunities for stillness in the frantic spinning of the human world. It’s a multitude of ‘moments that give’ and ‘moments that take’. Moments we may sometimes find it hard to express or share, let alone process. Starting Two Green Threads was my way of encouraging reflections and conversations, and enabling the building of a language which honours the volunteer service of so many to our wildlife.
We are humans, we respond to voices, and this podcast is a chance to pull at threads which collectively join together to build a fabric of connectivity and community.
With grateful acknowledgment to the following supporters for enabling this Podcast to occur.
This is part of the Wildlife Heroes Caring for Carers Campaign
supported by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and the Australian Government.
Thanks also to our Supportive Partners, The International Fund for Animal Welfare
“Too frequently we tell stories of failure and we forget to honour the fact that we tried, the fact we had purpose, the fact we cared.”
– Julia Baird
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