Wrap it all up in a bow

Written by Jessie Panazzolo It is quite evident that I haven’t written a food for thought blog in a while, having in fact written a total of zero for this year. Today however, I was inspired to get back to the roots of this community and share how I feel about my role in the […]

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You’ve got male.

Written by Jessie Panazzolo I haven’t written a food for thought piece this year, but this week I have been divulging more and more into the topic of male Lonely Conservationists and now I feel I need to speak out about what I have uncovered. This all began on Tuesday when I was in a […]

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Lonely Conservationists 2019 wrap up

Written by Jessie Panazzolo JANUARY  On the 29th of January 2019, Lonely Conservationists was born. I was lying on my couch, devastated that an organisation I was working with would never pay me for the work I was doing. When I was lying there moping, a conservationist friend messaged me and told me that she […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: My Wild Idea to help global conservationists

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Ten months ago I was sitting on my couch feeling defeated and alone in the conservation industry, but since publishing my very first blog in January, Lonely Conservationists from around the world have flocked to the ever growing LC family. In May, I was overwhelmed when I discovered my little cry […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A survival guide to being a Lonely Conservationist

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Being a Lonely Conservationist is hard and often feels endless. I have wondered so many times if I will ever get to where I want to go, meet who I want to meet and have the experiences I have dreamed of. Recently, I realised that I have got myself to a […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Defined by our duty

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Being a conservationist can sometimes feel like a curse that forces you to explain too many of your life’s details to complete strangers. This is all because of the absence of a simple job title to satisfy their question: “So what do you do?” “So, what do you do” actually means […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Body and mind

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Ten months ago or so, I moved to a new city. A colder city where I had to wear an actual coat outside and ten layers of blankets inside. I thought I loved winter but this type of cold affected me in ways I didn’t imagine it would. The wind-chill left […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Black and white and red all over

Written by Jessie Panazzolo What is black and white and red all over? An embarrassed conservationist who couldn’t see the shades of grey. I feel like it is time to divulge a little into my own childhood for this particular story and maybe its time to share with you all how I have grown up […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Being Lonely in Conservation

Written by Jessie Panazzolo I don’t know this for certain, but I am pretty sure that when people in most other walks of life choose their professions, they do not feel the impending doom of choosing their job over proper social interactions and opportunities for relationship building. I know that growing up I never considered […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Impostors of Conservation

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Speaking to individuals of the Lonely Conservationist community I am amazed at their knowledge, field skills and general attitude towards conservation. After speaking with them for a while I realise how fortunate I am to be learning so much and having a conversation I know a lot of others would benefit […]

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Nia (Education or Activism)

Story by Nia Jones I’m not quite sure where my passion for the environment started. I have early memories of dragging my parents to a local recycling centre with homemade bins (home recycling wasn’t a thing then) and winning a green ‘Blue Peter’ badge for my letter to the programme about recycling dehumidified water to […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Education and Conservation

Written by Jessie Panazzolo A common focus around the discussions I have been having since creating this community has been education. Some people don’t believe they have had enough formal training to identify as a conservationist, some people are trying to figure out which tertiary education path to take to maximise their potential in the […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How Lonely Conservationists changed my life

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Looking at the Instagram page I created a mere eighteen days ago, I never expected to see the 300 Lonely Conservationists who had joined me in my plight to make conservation a little less lonely. I also never expected to get a message on every single one of those eighteen days […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A little goes a long way

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Imagine a world where you are me and you are sitting on my family couch with my mother and she starts talking to you about McDonald’s straws. Are you immersed? Good. Because this was the first of two very similar situations I was in where I was about to say the […]

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