My goal was to explore how we’re translating the value of nature into terms that economists, capitalists, and the government will accept and take into account when making business and policy decisions. I planned to interview a researcher who has worked with these topics about some of their work. I planned to explain why ecosystem services are a useful tool in creating environmental policy and what some of the drawbacks are of putting a price on nature.
The biggest challenge I faced was my own lack of experience and ability to do this type of project. I didn’t know where to begin when it came down to cutting down the interview and putting the audio together. The most time-consuming part of this project was just getting familiar with Audacity and trying to get it to do what I wanted it to do. Part of what made this so challenging is that I’m a perfectionist and I wanted the final product to match my vision. However, the more time I spent on it the more I realized I was just going to have to accept that it wasn’t going to turn out quite how I wanted it to. If I could start fresh I would’ve spent more time learning how to use Audacity before the pressure of the deadline set in. I’d also build the outline of my project around what I was capable of doing in the program rather than creating an ideal outline and wasting time trying to make it perfect.
I interviewed Mollie Chapman because she’s a family friend and I remembered her mentioning that her work had to do with Market-based Environmental instruments and the valuation of ecosystems. I added a part of a Blackmill song as the intro as well as some nature sounds that I found fitting.
Spirit of Life by Blackmill
Nature sounds from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugTaLEBu6g8&t=85s