@ Kate Sheridan

Wildlife Conservation Biologist
Kate always loved wildlife and has a passion for nature and conservation. She has a Conservation Biology MSc from the University of Cape Town, and has spent significant time in Africa working on various conservation projects. She tries her best to live as sustainably as possible, and continue to educate herself on environmental and social justice issues. She enjoys spending time in nature and hopes to continue to spread love for the environment with scientific backing.
Member since September 2020



If you ever feel overwhelmed by the climate and biodiversity crises, then you are not alone. The term ‘eco-anxiety’ refers to this fear of environmental damage or ecological disaster, fuelled by the current and predicted future state of the environment and climate change.


Culling is the selective killing of members of an animal population in order to reduce the overall population size. It is considered controversial because it means that someone, somewhere decides who lives and who dies, and because it seemly contradicts the aims of conservation.


We think of biology, ecology and zoology as the sciences associated with wildlife conservation. However, economics, sociology, geography and anthropology are also key aspects of conservation. Most conservationists start out because they love animals. Yet, a lot of conservation involves dealing with people.


Greenwashing creates the false impression that a company has done the work for you: they have made the effort to be more environmentally conscious so you can buy their stuff guilt-free without doing your own research, because if it says they’re ‘sustainable’, why would you doubt them?


Marketed as a necessity, shark nets are plugged to the public as a something to keep people safe from dangerous, human-eating sharks. It is assumed that without these nets, hungry sharks would have easy access to vulnerable swimmers and we’d either not be able to go in the water. This is a lie.


There is a stigma of perfectionism around environmentalism which arguably does more harm than good. By definition, perfection is unattainable. Therefore, the concept of perfectionism is more alienating than it is inspiring. When it comes to environmentalism, this is can be damaging.


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