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. 

The Interview

Inside Animal Lives and Minds

Kinship With Other Animals

Animals in Relationship

Science and Common Sense

Questioning Killing Animals

Landscapes With Dwindling Animals

Changing Views On Killing Animals

Why Humans Eat Other Animals

Assumptions About Animals

Hunting and Eating Animals

Animals Think and Feel

Humans, Nature and Animals

Harm Humans Do to Other Animals

Food Choices