My name is Shae Frydenlund, and I’m currently a senior at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. I’m very excited to be following in Nina’s footsteps and managing the blog. Nina and I worked together at Colgate to bring back an organic farming group on campus, which is now wildly successful, and I am happy to be collaborating on an organic project in cyberspace.
I am an Environmental Geography major and minor in Studio Art, but spend most of my time organizing Colgate’s environmental initiatives, making art and playing in the wilderness. As a Freshman, I joined the only environmental groups on campus, but it wasn’t until my participation in PowerShift 2007 that I became wildly passionate about creating a powerful and efficient environmental movement at Colgate. Seeing 6,000 students from around the country come together to speak out for a new energy bill was the most inspiring thing I had ever seen. After the conference, my main goal for my four years was to create a more streamlined effort on campus, where individual groups addressed specific issues and came together once a month to discuss progress and future initiatives. Today, there are three specified groups at Colgate: Composting Club, Green Thumbs (the project Nina and I worked on) and Recyclemania. With the help of a lot of friends, all are active and meet at the Campus Ecology meeting once a month.
I am also passionate about making activist art. I mostly create documentaries and video art that addresses environmental issues such as climate change, conservation and consumerism. In the summer of 2008 I interned as a videographer for an NGO called WildEarth Guardians, which fights legal battles to protect endangered species, wild spaces and pure waters in the American West. I filmed a piece that depicted the importance of clean rivers to local communities, as well as a piece that addressed illegal red wolf poaching in southern New Mexico. In the Spring of 2009 I worked as a freelance filmmaker in Nepal and Tibet after my semester of studying and mountaineering in Nepal. My main interest is sustainable tourism, and I created several films that addressed the need for regulation and education among tour agencies in Asia.
As blog manager, I look forward to expanding upon ideas that have been addressed in the past, as well as exploring new topics such as internationally grown organics. My goal is to spark more response discourse as well as more opinionated responses to the posts. I’m planning on addressing some controversial topics such as the local vs. organic food debate in hopes of creating stimulating virtual discussion. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in writing for the blog, and I will be happy to work with you to craft a post. I look forward to providing you with important and interesting fodder for thought!