Advancing Eco-Mindfulness through Queer Ecology with Miles Lewis


EcoJustice RadioListen to EcoJustice Radio’s 100th Episode with public artist Miles Lewis as we dive into why Queer Ecology is vital to climate and social justice movements.

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Queering Ecology to Heal the Planet

On our 100th episode, we discuss how adopting queer ecology principles can assist in the healing of relations with people and planet, uniting of movements, and solving the climate emergency facing us today. In order to solve social and ecological problems, environmentalists (et al) must disrupt heterosexist notions and re-imagine nature, biology, and sexuality.

Queering ecology is the act of broadening our understanding of and re-evaluate our relationships with the larger world – a world that is more than human and an ecology that is not binary or dualistic. It rejects the concept that humans are more important than other non-human nature.

Current narratives within the environmental movements can be restrictive, create divides, and stunt our ability to expand on solutions and move forward. Queer environmentalists advocate that in order to solve our social and ecological problems we must disrupt heterosexist notions and re-imagine nature, biology, and sexuality.

Queer ecology gives us a relatable and heartfelt template for expanding our view of nature as a whole. It is a concept that is broader than sexuality or gender identity.

By adopting the principles of queer ecology, we can work towards healing our relations with people and planet, uniting movements, and solving the pressing problems facing us today.

Tune in to Episode 100 as we dive into why Queer Ecology is vital to climate and social justice movements.

Miles Lewis is a painter, public artist, organizer, and arts and environmental educator. He grew up in Los Angeles and lives in the San Fernando Valley. Whether lecturing on zero waste, creating murals about soil health, or teaching how tones build through watercolor, his objective is to help people form a solid bridge between creativity, self-understanding, and environmental stewardship.

Jessica Aldridge, co-host of EcoJustice Radio, is an environmental educator, community organizer, and waste industry leader. She is a co-founder of SoCal 350, organizer for ReusableLA, and founded Adventures in Waste. She has worked for 15 years as a Zero Waste professional, a former professor of Recycling and Resource Management at Santa Monica College, and is a recipient of the inaugural Waste Expo 40 Under 40 award.

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Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Host and Producer: Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Episode 100
Image: Miles Lewis art

Updated 23 June 2021

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt