Carl Safina

                                            Presenting a toy to Henry

Carl Safina is an ecologist and author of numerous books focused on the changing oceans and the lives of wild animals. The host of the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina published his most recent book, Beyond Words, in 2015, immersing readers in the lives and relationships among wolves, elephants and orca whales who have been observed over many decades in the wild.

The inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, Safina co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit organization, The Safina Center.  

When Henry and I traveled to the home Carl shares with his wife Patricia on Long Island, we enjoyed meeting their dogs, parrots and chickens, and skipping out to a beautiful beach nearby.  Our conversation brought up many of the poignant concerns central to being a conservationist in a world that has too long ignored or overlooked its impact on animals and on the landscapes we depend on and share. 

Interview Excerpts

Looking Inside Animal Lives and Minds 

Thinking of Animals in Relationship With Each Other

On Kinship With Other Animals

Understanding Animals Through Science and Common Sense

Common Assumptions About Animals vs the Truth

Why Humans Began to Question Killing Animals and Cruelty

Evolving Beliefs About Hunting Killing and Eating Animals

Reluctance to Believe Animals Can Think and Feel

On the Human Relationship With the Rest of the World

On Human-Created Landscapes With Dwindling Animals

Recognizing the Harm Humans Do to Other Animals

The New Idea Is That It's Not OK to Kill Animals

Why Humans Hunt and Eat Other Animals

What Can You Eat That Does Least Harm? Impacts of Plant Based As Well As Animal Agriculture