Images: Photos/video I've taken in NYC. Skyline, people, busy streets that transition into more "natural" photos/video. Maybe background audio I can record of busy intersections, honking horns transitioning to birds, etc.
VO: My name is Brittany and I am a naturalist living in what some may consider the least natural place in the entire country - New York City. I moved here in in June 2014 for my dream job as an environmental educator but I was never one of those people who dreamed of living in this city. Actually, to be honest, I hated New York before I moved here. I crave natural spaces and hiking through woods and wide open skies and all of that seemed so far away in my tiny room in Astoria. But the longer I lived here and the more work I did here, I started to fall in love with the city. Not for all the bright lights and endless things to do but for the tiny slivers of wilderness, for the connection I felt to the seasons after I sold my car and had to walk everywhere, for the nature that even in this city, persists and inspires.
This is Urban ReWilding where I hope to show you how nature and cities are intertwined. I also want to tell the stories of people as they connect to nature through recreation, education and stewardship here in NYC. I hope these stories will inspire you to see this city in a new way and explore ways you can connect to and protect urban wilderness.
Before this there should be some title screen that reads: Urban ReWilding. This cell and the next cell visually and through words will set up the juxtaposition between cities and nature that Jonathan and I will discuss later.
Image: Video of me sitting in a park or somewhere semi-natural but still clearly urban. Gantry Park, perhaps... I think we should have on-screen words that say where the video was taken both for here and the next cell. If people like how it looks, maybe they'll go visit it...
Image: Bolt of lightning and Nature Goddess appears.... But seriously... I don't know how to end this episode. Prolly with me just on camera telling people what to expect in upcoming episodes, embed some links to our social media, and sign off. Also, jellyfish.
Image: Video of Jonathan and I at a campfire?! haha... Ok, maybe not a campfire but some outdoor area would be ideal, depending on noise levels and the quality of our audio. Somewhere quiet and naturey - maybe Morningside?
I introduce Jonathan. Jonathan and I have a conversation about the inextricable connection between Nature and cities - that there is no separation between the two
Jonathan and I continue to talk about why people should care about nature. Why is it important for people who live in cities to know about this stuff. (Why keep watching this show.)
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