Human identity is intrinsically linked to our environment. And culture is often defined by our relationship with the land or sea surrounding us. Cuisine, architecture, communication, music, etc., have all developed alongside the resources and topography immediately available. But the world is changing. It’s continually becoming smaller. Ideas and goods are dispersed around the world at a rate and ease we’ve never experienced. We are more aware than ever of the limits of the planet’s resources, the impact of our global population, and the fragility of isolated culture.
Our mission is to set sail to discover how cultures around the world are navigating the impacts of globalization and environmental change. We will explore how traditions are being molded or erased as these cultures face an onslaught of change and what solutions they’ve devised to preserve their way of life.
Zach was raised in the maritime forests, beaches, and marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The rich ecosystems that line the SC coast inspired an awe that exists to this day and led Zach to a career in wildlife biology and science communication. His passion for the natural world inspires him to share that wonder and knowledge with others because “we don’t care about what we don’t know about.”
Lately it is the human experience of our natural world that has piqued Zach’s interest. How do our interactions with nature shape the environment within and without us? How do our surroundings define who we are? These are the questions that Zach will be asking as he and Tripp make their journey. He also has minor obsessions with plants, music, and fossils and will be collecting all three along the way.
Prentice “Tripp” Brower
Tripp was raised sailing on the rivers and running his family’s 13 foot Boston Whaler in and out of every tiny creek he could find. The greens of the Spartina grass, the afternoon thunderstorms rolling over the horizon, the smell of maritime pine forests in the air mixed with the rich smell of pluff mud and salty murky waters color his childhood memories. Tripp’s passion for the Lowcountry culture and marine environment has driven him to lead a life of a mariner. Tripp serves as the Executive Director of the Lowcountry Maritime School, an educational charity he founded in 2014. The Lowcountry Maritime School was a way for Tripp to share his passion for the water while helping to bring community together and educate young people through real-world, hands-on experience, such as wooden boat building.
After 6 years working with the Lowcountry community, Tripp is looking towards the ocean to learn about other maritime cultures. He’s interested to see how communities around the world are working to preserve the things they feel are the foundation of their identity. He hopes his passion for the maritime tradition of home will help him connect with others along their journey.