It’s Monday morning, and I’m so excited to host the Topic of the Week this week! It’s a topic very close to my heart (of course!), and so I’m excited to hear what you think about the topic, and what does it mean to you?
For me, queer ecology is something hard to grasp, but easy to recognise. With many aspects that intersect within the topic. For instance, connection to nature and experiences of the diversity and uniqueness of nature - with, at the same time valuing the unique journeys we make. Equally, it is about bringing very special experiences to the table, especially as queer* folk. It also has a lot to do with oppression and normativity, and how we respond to this - while at the same time creating a sustainable path.
Sustainability itself then becomes a really important topic: for me not only as it relates to “professional” life, but also applying sustainability to every other aspect of life. Together with honouring queer ideas and ecological impact, this becomes an interesting mix in my mind… where purposeful actions are a new normal, and there is a constant reimagination of pathways. For example, how can we bring sustainability into our relationships? Into our community? To people who do not think about it?
I hope this week can help us all visualise what we mean by queer ecology (after all we are here!), and bring together our diverse thinking and appreciate the many ways that people come to be part of our community, how queer ecology is practice - and how inspirational purposeful living can be!
I’m looking forward to your thoughts!