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Voices for the Ocean

We protect what we love.

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Hell Yeah, Your Vote Counts

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

Patrick Shea
3 min Read
Indigenous Management Revives and Protects Public Lands

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

Wudan Yan
8 min Read
Our Acknowledgment

We’re learning how to become an antiracist company.

Patagonia
2 min Read
Where the Work Gets Done

Thoughts on activism from a year of filming Public Trust.

Jeremy Hunter Rubingh
17 min Read
What Comes Down Must Go Up

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.

Johnie Gall
8 min Read
Taking Back Puget Sound

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

Dylan Tomine
7 min Read
What Are Public Lands Good For?

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

Jeff McElroy
4 min Read
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You

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

Michael Ferrentino
6 min Read
Red Lake, Green Future

The case for Indigenous-led land management.

Nick Martin
10 min Read
30 by 30: A Bold Vision to Save the Natural World

“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.

Senator Tom Udall
5 min Read
From Assignment to Ally

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

Keri Oberly
7 min Read
The Threshold

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

Alejandra Oliva
7 min Read
The Revolution Will Not Be Muted

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

Mădălina Preda
9 min Read
A World Without Salmon

The fish’s struggle for survival is a fight not only for itself but for the health of the planet. An excerpt from Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate.

Mark Kurlansky
5 min Read
What You Can Do From Home

Ways you can keep up the fight for our planet, and feel less alone.

Mădălina Preda
4 min Read
So, You Want to Be a Regenerative Hemp Farmer?

A bona fide American hemp farmer/entrepreneur shares his stash.

Doug Fine
11 min Read
Earth Day Goes Digital

As the world grapples with the effects of the pandemic, climate activists continue to fight for our future.

Lisset Fun
7 min Read
Gardening Corals before They Are Gone

With oceans getting warmer and more acidic, a group of divers are planting baby corals to restore the dying coral reefs.

Morgan Sjogren
6 min Read
Trees Do Better Standing Up

Southeast Alaskans are on the front line of the fight to protect the Tongass National Forest from logging.

Brendan Jones
11 min Read
How to Protect 1 Million Acres of Public Lands

Jocelyn Torres of Conservation Lands Foundation on the power of grassroots lobbying and voting for public lands.

Jocelyn Torres
6 min Read
District 15

Justice for the most polluted neighborhood in Los Angeles.

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Saving Slickrock

The Slickrock Trail, in Moab, Utah, is one of the most popular mountain bike rides in the world. Now, under a recent BLM decision, it could also be opening to oil and gas drilling.

Sakeus Bankson
6 min Read
I Found My Calling through Patagonia Action Works

 She was searching for a role with a nonprofit that takes a nontraditional approach to nature conservation. She found it in her inbox.

Katarina Mulec
6 min Read
On Injustice

Mustafa Santiago Ali talks with Naomi Hollard of Sunrise Movement about the power of cross-class and multiracial movements and the mandate for environmental justice.

Naomi Hollard
8 min Read
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway

Predawn on April 4, 2019. There’s hardly any snow in the mountains. Worst year in recent history, the locals are saying. We’re loading boxes of food onto the ferry, preparing to board the Alaska Marine Highway from Juneau to Haines. “It’s southeast Alaska, you never know,” Ryland Bell says. “It might rain for 90 days…

Colin Wiseman
10 min Read
Why the Clean Water Act Means So Much

My family arrived in Ohio from Jamaica in the mid-1970s, during a time of environmental turmoil. The previous decade had brought to light significant issues around the treatment of land and water in the United States. The Cuyahoga River, which flows into Lake Erie, caught fire in 1969 due to excessive oil coating its surface.…

Prince Shakur
7 min Read
Out with the Old: Thinking about Newness

“To change someone’s behavior, there must be rewards,” says Lizzy Plotkin. Her voice is earthy, grounded, easy and full of conviction. Horns honk, people talk, buses drive and a city thrives in the background, but she doesn’t sound like part of the chaos; she is instead superimposed into the scene. We’ve never met in person,…

Molly Baker
7 min Read
A Most Endangered Law

A round of applause and a hurrah of thanks for President Donald Trump: he’s finally bringing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) the attention it deserves! Last fall, the president announced a number of administrative “rule changes” to the ESA, changes that may sound trivial, but which attack the intent and letter of the law. Trump,…

Christopher Ketcham
7 min Read
Celebrate Bears Ears

Three years ago, on December 28, 2016, President Obama used his executive power under the Antiquities Act to establish the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. This was the first time that tribal sovereign nations allied to petition the president for a national monument designation. The Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Ute Mountain Ute…

Cassaundra Pino
8 min Read
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte

 A mining company owns the mineral rights to a Colorado mountain. For 42 years, the Red Ladies have been showing up—and dressing up—to keep the mountain wild.

Laura Yale
7 min Read
2025 Or Bust: Patagonia’s Carbon Neutrality Goal

In Japan, it is possible to simultaneously stand both in a cultivated field and under a solar array. A group of engineers and entrepreneurs developed a model whereby solar panels can be installed on top of existing farmland and still allow the required amount of sunlight to reach the crops below. These collaborations between businesses…

Rodrigo Bustamante
7 min Read
What I Fought For

Former Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen battles the destruction of wild places he served to protect.

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Keepers of a Way of Life: Gwich’in Youth’s Role in Protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In the Arctic, Gwich’in youth are learning that protecting land means preserving a way of life. On Alaska’s North Slope, where polar bears den and gray wolves howl, protecting the land isn’t about supporting a cause or posting on social media from a protest at city hall. Here, it’s a matter of survival. Jewels Gilbert…

Lisset Fun
10 min Read
What Good Neighbors Do

In the 1980s, a group of cyclists in Washington banded together to protect their local trails from illicit activities; 30 years later, that momentum has reshaped the city and preserved a watershed.

Sakeus Bankson
13 min Read
The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice

It’s fascinating to hear Zaria Forman talk about ice, especially the way that it sounds. She describes the way it rumbles and thunders and cracks, even when you can’t see anything. It crackles and pops like breakfast cereal on high volume. “Ice crispies,” she calls it. “It’s a really beautiful sound.” Polar ice is possibly…

Meaghen Brown
4 min Read
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