Amy Westervelt is the founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's 2019 Podcast Network of the Year. She is also an award-winning print and audio journalist who has contributed to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many other outlets. In 2007, she won a Folio for her feature on the potential of algae as a feedstock for biofuel. In 2015 she was awarded a Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism", and in 2016 she won an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. As the head of Critical Frequency, she has executive produced more than a dozen podcasts, including her own show Drilled — a true-crime style podcast about climate change—which was awarded the 2019 Online News Association award for "Excellence in Audio Storytelling". She was also an executive producer of Unfinished: Short Creek, a co-production with Stitcher; managing producer of This Land S2; and co-host and reporter for Scene On Radio S5: The Repair. Her book Forget Having It All: How America Messed Up Motherhood, and How to Fix It was published in November 2018 by Seal Press, and received a starred Publisher's Weekly review.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
Being able to take a deep breath in the forest or see the stars on a clear night…these are the things that center and calm me when I am enraged by the climate crisis. Which is pretty damn often.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
Being part of a whole, connected to every other person and living thing.