Relocation: Beyond A to B

Season 2, Ep. 5

Relocation: Beyond A to B  

Unfurling co-host Elizabeth has moved house!  And this life event has prompted a curiosity in us about “Relocation” and what we can learn from the natural world about this topic. In this episode, we touch on:

  • The concept of “home”
  • Possible drivers (and degrees of choice) for relocation
  • How relocation can play out in different systems
  • Themes of instinct, trust, hope, stillness, legacy and contribution
  • Examples from the natural world, including monarch butterflies, shearwaters, trees, bison, Tasmanian devils, and translocation programmes
  • Holding different spaces and energies - from embracing slowness to acting now; from rooting ourselves in the local to understanding global realities; and triangulating self and wellbeing with collective identity and the natural world

We hope you enjoy the episode - if you'd like to explore this and other topics further, you're very welcome to join our private Facebook group, 'Unfurling Podcast'.


References (with hyperlinks): 

~3: “Relocation”, Online Etymology Dictionary: 1746, in Scottish law, "renewal of a lease"

~x: “Relocation”, Cambridge Dictionary: “the act of moving or moving something or someone from one place to another”

~5: UK Stamp Duty tax

~7: “Living on a Remote Island” by Sarah Boden (re. Eigg) in “On Nature: Unexpected Ramblings on the British Countryside”

~12: “Hiraeth”

~13: Monarch butterflies, National Geographic 

~16: “Nature’s Most Impressive Animal Migrations”, National Geographic Society

~16: “Shearwater” (Chapter 7, featuring Catriona’s Dad, Geoffrey Matthews) in “The Seabird’s Cry” by Adam Nicolson

~17: Skokholm

~18: “Wandering: Notes and Sketches” by Hermann Hesse: “Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

~20: Migrating bison, Vincennes Trace

~21: “Maria Island Tasmanian devils thriving at expense of other species”, ABC News Australia

~24: Climate refugees: the world’s forgotten victims 

~26: Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, UK

~30: “What's for animal conservation translocation programmes: Soft- or hard-release?” (Video) by Journal of Applied Ecology 

~30: “What is better for animal conservation translocation programmes: Soft- or hard-release? A phylogenetic meta-analytical approach” by Paloma S. Resende et al in Journal of Applied Ecology

~31: Lindsey Chapman on Unfurling “Waiting and Patience” episode

~33: “Stand in the Tragic Gap” by Parker Palmer: “If we want to live nonviolent lives, we must learn to stand in the tragic gap, faithfully holding the tension between reality and possibility.”

~34: Benjamin Franklin: “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” 

~35: “Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own” by U2: “A house doesn’t make a home.”

~36: “The Work that Reconnects” based on the teachings of Joanna Macy, who co-wrote “Active Hope” with Chris Robertson 

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