We’re building a non-profit, free repository of pure, immersive natural soundscapes as a fundraising platform for local, grassroots charities that support the restoration of our natural world.
Based on empirical evidence as well as numerous recent studies from all over the world, listening to natural soundscapes (particularly mindful listening) has a great positive impact on our wellbeing, and potentially on our respect for nature. However, these soundscapes are increasingly scarce as we humans continue to destroy the natural ecosystems which produce them.
That’s where earth.fm comes in: as well as sharing a new natural soundscape every three days, we’re actively helping the community to go out in nature more often and discover a deeper, more direct connection with the wonders around us, which can lead to more well being on individual and collective levels.
Our project is inspired by the Earth Holder Community created by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and by our passion for soundscape ecology.
“An Earth Holder works to preserve this planet for living beings by taking care of the air, water, and soil.”~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Supporting not-for-profits around the globe
As well as showcasing the work of outstanding soundscape ecologists all over the Earth, we’re also highlighting charities from the places you’re listing to, who are doing the hard work of preserving and taking care of our natural world.
earth.fm is in the process of being registered as a Non-Profit Organisation, guided by principles rooted on altruism, scientific evidence and the systemic view of nature.
We aim to develop partnerships with local charities in the regions where nature sounds are found most valuable, and best represent the importance of preserving and healing our mother nature.
We appreciate organizations that follow the following principles, though we keep an open mind, considering the diversity in cultures and worldviews around the world.
- Work with local communities with deep knowledge of the local context.
- Minimize overhead costs and bureaucracy.
- Use science-based methodologies.
- Are easy-going and transparent.
- Do not view nature as a machine.
While at earth.fm we want to plant some trees, we do not believe in simplistic targets, such as number of trees planted or tonnes of CO2 avoided, as those often lead to unintended consequences at worst, or wasted resources at best . Instead, we seek integrative approaches, such as the landscape or ecosystemic approaches, with local wisdom at heart.
With those ideas in mind, we seek to partner with organizations and projects such as the following:
Tree Aid works with people in the drylands of Africa to tackle poverty and the effects of the climate crisis by growing trees, improving people’s incomes, and restoring and protecting land. Their focus on soil regeneration allows them to preserve water and grow food in previously degraded areas.
Tree Aid works with local communities, for example, in reforesting land around water sources in Ghana’s Bongo District, to reduce river erosion and soil fertility. More info in the following
International Tree Foundation (ITF)
ITF has been recognizing the importance of forests in sustaining life on Earth for nearly a century. This small but experienced charity focuses on supporting emerging community based groups to grow and become independent forest conservation organizations.
Among its keystone activities is the Sustainable Community Forestry Programme, which aims to preserve and regenerate local forest resources while improving local livelihoods.
Recently featured on the latest Mo Attemborough’s documentary “The Green Planet”, this small charity based in Brazil, has demonstrated the huge impact of forest restoration in areas degraded by human activities.
Instituto Terra is famous for the before and after images, that reveal the potential for quick ecosystems recovery:
Currently, their institutes continues to recover thousands of hectares of Atlantic Forest, endangered by rapid deforestation.
Disclaimer: We started to engaged with the mentioned organizations, however, no agreement or partnership has been formalized yet.
“We claim that in order to induce transformative change in human-nature relations we need a shift from a morality of utility to a morality of care”(Muradian and Gómez-Baggethun, 2021)
Catalin Zorzini [founder]
For the last 5 years, Cata has been building a free mindfulness app with Zen Buddhist insights along with a team of dedicated and creative mindfulness practitioners all over the globe. While the Plum Village App continues to develop and grow, he felt the aspiration to start a separate project in order to share his love for natural soundscapes and ecosystems.
Borja Blanco Mendez [strategist]
Borja is an Industrial Engineer passionate about sustainability and systems thinking who loves working in the field. He worked all over the world in community based projects to protect and restore nature, such as East Bali Bamboo Bikes or Project Stop.
Rajendra Kumar [developer]
Raj is our lead developer and occasional guardian angel. He’s using his magic to make everything work smoothly, from coding the website in WordPress, to optimising the site speed, fine-tuning servers and everything in between.
Marc Anderson [nature sound recordist]
From capturing vibrant habitat soundscapes to the voices of individual species, Marc loves tracking down rare and captivating soundscapes. In a world where man-made noise is ever pervasive, finding pristine wild sound can be a challenge and his work often involves travel to remote locations.
George Vlad [soundscape ecologist]
George also likes to focus on pristine natural soundscapes free from human influence, of which there are less and less every day. He’s on a quest to escape man-made noise, which takes him to remote and sometimes inhospitable parts of the world.
Merve Gençer [painter]
Merve is a young artist who loves bright colors. She is mostly creating acrylic and watercolor works inspired by beautiful nature scenery. She’s been focusing on painting for the last 7 years and can’t see herself stopping anytime soon!
Alexander is a video artist based in New Zealand, he grew up in Siberia surrounded by deep snow and immense taiga forest with deep roots in his indigenous culture and heritage of Sakha people and their true love of nature. He has worked on several environmental projects from upcycling to birds conservation projects. Nature is an endless inspiration for Alexander.
Anca Rusu [editor]
Anca is a hardcore reuser, upcycler, and walker with a strong interest in media literacy and environmental communication. She crosses Greenwich Park almost every day listening to podcasts on her 10-year-old mp3 player.