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Voices for the Ocean
Voices for the Ocean
Voices for the Ocean

We protect what we love.

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5:31
Water Always Wins
Water Always Wins
Water Always Wins
Kristian Jackson

A lesson in the rules of trail building.

6 min Read
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Allison Gibson

Nearly every Wednesday, Courtney Reynolds can be found elbow-deep in a bin of someone else’s castoffs, searching for scraps of fabric and colorful quilts to deconstruct and sew into original clothing items for her three preschool-age kids, or to sell in her online shop, Napkin Apocalypse.

9 min Read
Undeniable
Undeniable
Undeniable
Cassidy Randall

John Murray’s lifelong work to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine from oil and gas drilling.

13 min Read
A Swamp and 60 Feet
A Swamp and 60 Feet
A Swamp and 60 Feet
Sakeus Bankson

An unlikely community, in the most unlikely location, has become an even more unlikely force for public lands conservation.

10 min Read
Overburden
Overburden
Overburden
Dave Quinn

Coal built this ski town. Can the locals keep skiing without it?

9 min Read
A Letter from 2030
A Letter from 2030
A Letter from 2030
Yessenia Funes

The next nine years will be a time of resilience, rebuilding and reinvention.

8 min Read
Vjosa Forever
Vjosa Forever
Vjosa Forever

Protect Europe’s Wild Rivers

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Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Esha Chhabra

Sheep (and their poop) could help California’s climate-driven wildfires. One couple is ushering in this idea with a small flock and some supportive fire departments.

6 min Read
Green Reconstruction
Green Reconstruction
Green Reconstruction
Tetsunari Iida

Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese communities are turning toward citizen-led renewable power.

7 min Read
We’ve Got The Energy
We’ve Got The Energy
We’ve Got The Energy
Zoe Hart

The ups and downs of transitioning power to the people in the Chamonix Valley.

8 min Read
Black Bears, Black Liberation
Black Bears, Black Liberation
Black Bears, Black Liberation
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

A wildlife biologist uncovers an unexpected, intersectional legacy of slavery.

8 min Read
In Memory of Barry Lopez
In Memory of Barry Lopez
In Memory of Barry Lopez
Malcolm Johnson

In one of the last interviews he gave before he passed away, the writer and conservationist shares his reflections on the past, and the work still to do.

12 min Read
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River
Barry Lopez

50th Anniversary Wild And Scenic Rivers Act

8 min Read
Activists Want Fashion to Change
Activists Want Fashion to Change
Activists Want Fashion to Change
Archana Ram

Climate and social justice activists are pushing the clothing industry to take better care of people and the planet.

6 min Read
One Year Since Australia’s Black Summer
One Year Since Australia’s Black Summer
One Year Since Australia’s Black Summer
Sean Doherty

Photographer Paolo Pellegrin captured the aftermath of the wildfires that burned through Australia in 2019.

3 min Read
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Felipe Cancino

A dead-end dirt road is the start to a new challenge—and a fight to protect South America’s Yosemite.

6 min Read
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
Andrew O’Reilly

One woman’s decades-long fight for clean air and environmental justice.

10 min Read
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
Colin Wiseman

Marie-France Roy on speaking up for our home planet.

6 min Read
The Resonance of Stone
Castleton Tower
The Resonance of Stone
Terry Tempest Williams

“Castleton Tower has a pulse. We have a pulse. The Earth has a pulse.”

1 min Read
Public Enemies
Public Enemies
Public Enemies
Mădălina Preda

Climate policy expert Leah Stokes on how fossil fuel interests undermine American climate policy, and what you can do to stop it.

9 min Read
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?
Maia Wikler

Snow lovers and professional athletes are mobilizing to elect climate leaders.

6 min Read
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots
Doug Chadwick

If we continue trying to save the world one species at a time we will fail; it is time to redefine our relationship with nature so that we save all of nature.

9 min Read
Hell Yeah, Your Vote Counts
Hell Yeah, Your Vote Counts
Hell Yeah, Your Vote Counts
Patrick Shea

A reminder of why voting is essential to the protection of our public lands.

3 min Read
Indigenous Management Revives and Protects Public Lands
Indigenous Management Revives and Protects Public Lands
Indigenous Management Revives and Protects Public Lands
Wudan Yan

Karen Diver of the Fond du Lac Band on how protecting lands and waters can provide solutions to climate change.

8 min Read
Our Acknowledgment
Our Acknowledgment
Our Acknowledgment
Patagonia

We’re learning how to become an antiracist company.

2 min Read
Where the Work Gets Done
Where the Work Gets Done
Where the Work Gets Done
Jeremy Hunter Rubingh

Thoughts on activism from a year of filming Public Trust.

17 min Read
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
Johnie Gall

Melinda Daniels is huddled under the shelter of her purple tent waiting for the rain to start, which only seems odd when you consider the context: she’s in the middle of a farm on a blindingly sunny day.

8 min Read
Taking Back Puget Sound
Taking Back Puget Sound
Taking Back Puget Sound
Dylan Tomine

A bold plan to kick net-pen salmon farms out for good.

7 min Read
What Are Public Lands Good For?
What Are Public Lands Good For?
What Are Public Lands Good For?
Jeff McElroy

Our public lands have tremendous value beyond the extractive. Here's a refresh on why they're worth protecting.

4 min Read
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Michael Ferrentino

BIKE Magazine contributing editor Michael Ferrentino on our perceived right to ride wherever we want.

6 min Read
Red Lake, Green Future
Red Lake, Green Future
Red Lake, Green Future
Nick Martin

The case for Indigenous-led land management.

10 min Read
30 by 30: A Bold Vision to Save the Natural World
30 by 30: A Bold Vision to Save the Natural World
30 by 30: A Bold Vision to Save the Natural World
Senator Tom Udall

“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’” —Rachel Carson.

5 min Read
From Assignment to Ally
From Assignment to Ally
From Assignment to Ally
Keri Oberly

A photographer learns what it means to be an ally while on assignment on Gwich’in lands.

7 min Read
The Threshold
The Threshold
The Threshold
Alejandra Oliva

To save our home planet we must fall in love with it. What’s holding us back?

7 min Read
The Revolution Will Not Be Muted
The Revolution Will Not Be Muted
The Revolution Will Not Be Muted
Mădălina Preda

“This whole process of virtual public hearings during a global crisis is an injustice to my community.”

9 min Read
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