Tell us about your journey.
My journey is holistic, which is to say full circle. I have always been a storyteller. In school, I studied creative writing and journalism with a focus on the environment. When I came to New York City, I found my footing in the publishing world working at art, culture, and fashion magazines. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to be more intentional with the stories I was telling. I took some time to focus on developing my spiritual life and recovering from some intense burnout before I was connected to my co-founder and we started Atmos. As a climate and culture publication, I see it as a natural integration of all my passions and lived experiences: the creativity I learned from working in the art and culture space, the lens of connectivity I learned to see everything through in my spiritual studies, the storytelling that has always been in my nature, and my lifelong love of the environment.
Where do you get inspiration for your work?
My inspiration can always be traced back to a common source: nature. Every week, I write a deep ecology newsletter for Atmos called The Overview. For each edition, I look to a different aspect of the natural world as a way of speaking about what we are currently experiencing as a collective, and how we can understand it as a teaching. The same goes for every volume of Atmos we create; they all start from a place of reverence for some aspect of our universe.
How did you first get interested in sustainability?
I came to sustainability from a place of healing. After almost a decade of working in publishing, I began to shift my attention from my external life to my internal life. As I explored more systems of holistic and spiritual wellness, I began to understand that sustainability is our natural state—it’s just that we have forgotten. For anyone to really change, they must change from the inside out. When we create the conditions for sustainability within ourselves, we begin to create them around us.
What cause or causes are important to you?
I am interested in re-naturalization, which I consider to be a framework of practices for remembering that we are part of nature, and bridging the divide that we have created between humanity and the rest of the world. I see this work as being deeply intertwined with transformative justice, which reminds us that there can be no restoration of balance for the planet without the same for the people who inhabit it. The transformational aspect of it speaks to the fact that justice within our current systems isn’t enough; we need to transform the system itself—to shift our paradigm as a species.
What’s something you’re excited about?
I’m excited about Atmos Volume 06, which we have just started working on.
What motivated you to start Atmos?
I started Atmos with my cofounder Jake Sargent out of a place of curiosity. We wondered why narratives around the climate crisis were always so clinical and data-driven. We wanted to know if it would be possible to marry mediums and languages for talking about this issue that we don’t often see in the same space: science and spirituality, reporting and poetry, critical thinking and creativity, climate and culture. It’s my belief that if we want to change the story, we have to change the storytelling—and that means illuminating the ecological crisis as a human crisis, reaching people from a place of psychology, emotion, and spirit.