by Gabriela Boscio, Program Associate, Second Nature
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
― Carl Sagan
(This post is part of a series by the Second Nature team about why we do what we do.)
How does love grow? When do you know it has taken root? How can you pinpoint its beginning?
My passion for sustainability is something that’s been growing within me for most of my life, and I am not sure exactly when or why it started. As a child, I loved plants and animals. I loved reading about them and learning about them, and I loved observing nature. I remember thinking in grade school that I wanted to be a scientist when I grew up, because I wanted to keep learning about nature, through exploration and investigation. My family supported and encouraged this love by providing me with copious amounts of nature books, magazines and collectible wildlife fact cards, as well as by spending time with me outdoors, and putting up with my incessant animal-factoid sharing (“Did you know baby cheetahs chirps like birds?”).
Example of a book from my childhood. Joyce Rogers Wolkomir and Richard Wolkomir. 1992.