Ian is a naturalist who moved to the Island 24 years ago. He is involved with ARC Consulting, Artecology, Hullaballoo, Shaping The Bay, and numerous other projects.
He talks about the connections between our brain and our gut, the wider lessons we can learn from thinking locally, the importance of our environments, and much more.
1:40 Ian’s background, and moving to the Isle of Wight
2:45 Ian in one word – what it means to be a naturalist
4:05 What is ecology?
5:30 Working with local schools
9:25 What can we do?
13:15 Defining ‘Territory’, and creating ecosystems in your garden
16:25 Influences, and the source of Ian’s passion for the environment
19:55 The role of charities
23:05 The difference between welfare and conservation
28:20 The IOW as a globally important fossil site
31:35 The National Poo Museum
35:45 The microbiome, and psychological effect of what we eat
38:20 The connections between our brain and gut, and how our environment impacts them
44:05 Ian’s approach to regeneration. Are we adding or extracting content?
50:00 Ian’s biggest frustrations
52:40 Being optimistic about the changes that need to happen
‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson
1:03:00 What’s next?
World Biosphere Reserves
1:09:50 How can people help?