Willow Defebaugh is the Editor-in-Chief of Atmos. Every Friday, they write a newsletter called The Overview that weaves together the latest events in climate and culture. They are motivated by storytelling first and foremost, as they believe stories are how humans heal and evolve. They currently live in Brooklyn with their dog Max Moon.
IN WHAT WAY DOES NATURE INSPIRE OR INFORM YOUR WORK?
Nature inspires everything I do. I believe that inspiration is inherently tied to intuition, which is nature’s way of communicating with us. All of my work, including the stories I tell, begins and ends with listening to where I am intuitively feeling called. In this way, our stories are not our own; they are given to us to tell.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF A THRIVING ECOSYSTEM?
To be part of a thriving ecosystem is to play our part. In the same way that a bee does not try to exhale oxygen and a tree does not try to produce honey, we all have a role to play. This is why I prefer holism over sustainability; this movement requires each of us to find out how we can be of service to the whole. By supporting one another to fulfill our roles, we all benefit—as does the collective.