Bringing sport closer to nature through vulnerability and science

Bringing sport closer to nature through vulnerability and science

Episode #84 – Rebecca Olive discusses the connection between surfers and the environment, while Stefan Raimund lifts the lid on The Ocean Race’s expanded science programme

“Part of the feast – not a spectator in it.” 

Using the words of the renowned Australian environmental philosopher and writer, Val Plumwood, Rebecca Olive reflects on the vulnerability she felt when swimming in the ocean, a few hundred metres away from the shore, with no one close enough to save her if something unexpected occurred.

During episode 84 of The Sustainability Report Podcast, the senior research fellow at RMIT University talks about her research, which investigates the relationship between sportspeople like swimmers and surfers with nature, and whether these feelings of connection and vulnerability provide a greater incentive to protect the natural environment.

In the second part of the podcast, we check in with Stefan Raimund, science lead at The Ocean Race, to find out more about its expanded science programme for the 2022/23 season.

Listen to the full episode here:


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