**Update: Pacific Roots Magazine Podcast is now available on the following platforms:
As I write this, we are on the last few days of 2019, perched to embark into not only a new year but a new decade. The 2020’s. On a personal and collective note, the call for work to be done is resounding. I spend these last few days of the year in deep rest with my family, but also organizing and planning to launch into action in the coming weeks.
2019 was the year I founded Pacific Roots Magazine. I discovered my love for writing as a young girl, my love of photography as a young adult and have spent the last ten years working with media in various capacities. This year, over a span of mere weeks, the idea of Pacific Roots Magazine was born and I knew I had to bring it to life, doing so in the heart of Summer here in central Sweden.
Pacific Roots Magazine is devoted to being global in coverage and the issues at the heart of its content are immediately seen as you browse the landing page. Issues of environment, sustainability, animal advocacy and plant-based consumption are among the themes at the heart of this site’s coverage.
Visitors to the site will probably quickly pick up on another theme at the heart of coverage. Veganism. I do not call Pacific Roots Magazine “a vegan site” but without a doubt, this is a core theme as well. As a dedicated vegan of 5 years now, my commitment to the issues of the movement are absolutely manifest in the media work I do. Veganism is not about personal purity or perfection. It is about justice, suffering, compassion and issues of sustainability. It is about realizing that we do indeed have an impact on an individual level but that also these broader environmental issues are much more critical than our own desires or habits. Veganism is covered at Pacific Roots Magazine through a myriad of lenses- veganic farmers worldwide who are proving by example that animal inputs are not needed to grow healthy, vibrant produce; animal sanctuaries globally that exist to take care of animals and permit them to live out their life in peace; chefs and food bloggers who help bring the diversity and goodness of plant-based eating to people’s plates and more.
This Winter I also launched the Faith, Sustainability & Stewardship series at Pacific Roots Magazine. This series is very close to my heart, as it is devoted to themes of faith, spirituality, consumption, view of environment and humanity’s role in it. I look forward to bringing more interviews and stories to this series in 2020 and am honored to close out the year with a few wonderful interviews with faith based organizations working towards helping to mobilize communities in awareness, education and action in the realms of animal advocacy and plant based consumption.
I also close out the year with the launching of the Pacific Roots Magazine Podcast. The podcast is intended to be not only an audio component to this site, but also bring to life the dialogues I have with people worldwide about all of these issues. The podcast is launching as a simple effort, produced with basic equipment and recorded in my own home or quiet (mostly) spaces around the city.
Listen to the first episode, a brief introduction to the Podcast, here
I have been talking about, thinking about and planning to launch this podcast for half a year now, holding off for various reasons including limited hours for recording interviews due to time zones and also not feeling quite prepared technology wise. But I finally felt I had to just jump in. With time, the equipment will improve as well as (hopefully) my recording savvy. For now I begin truly with humility and simplicity and hope that listeners can stay tuned, appreciate the message and be able to witness the growth and development of this media with time.