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This weekly hour-long program is a forum for powerful conversations with the philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet to its natural balance. The show deals with the most urgent questions facing the next generation of Earth stewards. How do we reverse ecological damages and create a culture of regeneration? How do we confront the psychological challenges of an uncertain future, while healing the age-old wounds of alienation from nature?

Episode Date
Janine Benyus on Redesigning Society Based on Nature/71 (Encore)
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Barry Egan

Redesigning Society Based on Nature || Encore

This week we are excited to feature an encore episode chosen by our dear Podcast Editor and Producer Andrew Storrs.  Andrew calls the lands of Joshua Tree, California home and is drawn to environmental activism & education at this critical moment in our planet's history. He is an avid bird & plant enthusiast and  deeply inspired by the work of Janine Benyus and the concepts of Biomimicry.

In an age of natural exploitation and capitalism, the redundancy of a term like “biomimicry” might be lost on the Western minded psyche.  The irony lies in that as a species functioning from the Westward expansion of the settler colonial mindset, we have veered so far off the path of right relation that we have to define a technology of mimicry to invite the right relations.

The answers we seek, the key to a life sustaining world, are literally all around us. The severance from seven generations thinking has left us drowning in a falsehood of limitlessness, and here we stand at a crossroads of the potentiality for life as we know it on Earth coming to a hard stop.  Biomimicry offers us insight into what it might look like to be in alignment with the flow of life.  Wondering what success looks like beyond our children, beyond our children’s children, but to the entire web of inextricably linked beings-- seven generations beyond this very moment. What does this earth look like in year 2218?

Biomimicry asks us to look at nature’s blueprint for a game plan. High speed trains from technology of the kingfisher birds, wind turbines from the humpback whale, harvesting fog air as inspired by the stenocara beetle, shock absorption from the woodpecker, planet cooling ventilation from termites-- these are fully functioning technologies that have existed in the vision of nature’s sheer brilliance.. Rather than drilling, pummelling, mining, exploding, exploiting, we could just simply look and see how it has been done since the very beginning. Sustainability should be the bare minimum when we have all the necessary technology to be thriving.

Listen again this Thursday to this episode chalked full of inspiration!

Aug 09, 2018
Robin Wall Kimmerer on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing /35 (Encore)
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This week on the podcast we present an Encore episode of a staff favorite from the For The Wild archives.

Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The Center’s mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. Dr. Kimmerer has authored numerous literary essays and scientific papers on restoration and plant ecology, as well as the award-winning books Gathering Moss, and Braiding Sweetgrass, which interweave indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

Aug 02, 2018
Dune Lankard on The Day the Water Died/86


The capitalist mentalist sees an opportunity to exploit in every disaster. Everything is a chance to jump a buck. What can we learn from this mentality? How do we, earnest lovers of life, see an opportunity for recovery, resilience, lasting change in every disaster? From disaster into conservation opportunity, and conservation into economic opportunity. Dune has made a living demonstration of resource conservation over exploitation as better economics ~ to continue to catch fish means preserving what gives fish life. We cannot continue stealing from the future, and the bad economics of doing so are swiftly coming home to roost in climate change, environmental degradation, and the collapse of resources.

Rather than despairing, Dune Lankard has worked creatively to leverage assaults to land into structural changes for his people. The ecological disasters that are the certain consequences of capitalism can be catalysts to change mentalities and economic systems. Since the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, Dune has worked legally to spare enormous amounts of land from further extraction. He has insisted on implementing voices of conservation within the business and law of native resource management. Dune’s determination to take on lawsuits, with visionary alternatives to the status quo, has made the wildest possibilities of conservation happen in Alaska. He has turned cultural corners from the forced corporatization of native people’s relationship to their water, tree, and fish kin.  

There is a tremendous opportunity for earth protection at hand: the majority of land that has fossil fuels has native people standing on it. Native people are speaking up for their way of being on earth. When the herring rebounds, the ecosystem that hinges on their well-being will too. Our orientation towards life must move herring-ward, forest-ward, river-ward.

Music by Tonstarttsbandht

Jul 26, 2018
Favianna Rodriguez on Art & Migration Know No Borders/85
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Favianna Rodriguez

“The freedom of butterflies invite an entirely different reaction. They help us see that all living things move, we have always been moving since the beginning of time. Migrants are in line with what human beings have been doing for years, the punishment of this is a result of dominant culture” -Favianna Rodriguez

This week we are thrilled to have Favianna Rodriguez on the show. Favianna Rodriguez is a transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the U.S. at the intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity. In 2016, she received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around mass incarceration. In 2017, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for work around racial justice and climate change.

Favianna invites us to explore the wisdom of nature and Earth relations as a lense through which to envision an alternative to the current immigration crisis. As climate change advances, the consequence of human migration will only become more pressing,  Favianna invites us to explore the freedom in recognizing this beyond the extractive economical box.

The United States has created an ecological disruption to the entire planet, and we have a grave responsibility to move beyond extraction.  As the destruction of our Earth continues to feed political instability, we will continue to see the impending migration of human beings. The effects of our collective greed are coming to a head at this time. What are we going to do in this time? What is the role of art now? Favianna stands in the heat of this fire and guides us to explore the intersection between culture, economy, climate change and pleasure activism.

Music by Rebeca Lane ( "Obsidiana," "Tzk'at," (2018) & "Reina del Caos" (2016)

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Jul 19, 2018
Zayaan Khan on The Place of Sweet Waters Part 2/84
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There is a principle of ecology that can give us some ground in understanding the unraveling world around us: thresholds. Within a stable ecosystem, the diversity of relationships and resources creates a strong resilience to shock. An ecological community can endure shock again and again, and can actually unravel quite a ways without showing it, until a threshold is reached. And then collapse happens, abruptly—and all collapse is really transformation.

There is another principle ~ it is called the Adaptive Cycle. At the beginning (though as a cycle, it is never-ending), lots of energy is available, relationships are not yet established, and the form taken could move in many possible directions. It is a blank canvas. Imagine a meadow. Slowly the first pioneers arrive, creating structure, and over time stability is established. Shrubs arrive, and then trees. Given the right conditions, an ecosystem will want to move toward Old Growth, a highly resilient system in which relationship are well-established, many niches are created, and all the available energy is held fast in biomass. There is little change over time. This climax state is resilient to most shocks, and only a catastrophic event like a flood, fire, or clearcut can upend the order, and make the energy available again to be uptaken in new forms.

What people are experiencing in South Africa is a threshold being reached; a point of no return at which culture can change rapidly. Suddenly people become accustomed to the unthinkable—not showering! no laundry!—and they begin to ask, how could we have ever been so wasteful, so indulgent? Meanwhile those who worship capitalism as more sacred than human life go on doing so, until irreversible thresholds are crossed and cultural change will be unavoidable for those too who have had the means to insulate themselves thus far from the realities of the majority. And just maybe, we might find the other side more enjoyable, more connective, more sacred, more alive...

Music by Eola

Jul 12, 2018
Zayaan Khan on The Place of Sweet Waters /83


Zayaan Khan masterfully weaves a deep understanding of what forms true relationship to land, and how this informs the culture upon it. The basis of a people is the land that sustains them, even today—though we are psychically disconnected, we cannot physically be disconnected. Apartheid severed people’s connection to their lands, to the waters, to the connectivity of the landscape. City planners would just erase people from their land, where in Africa, they have lived for all time. The southwest of Africa is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, and not coincidentally, is an origin place of human life. There is a telling & poetic tragedy in the source of human life being today one of the most unequal and oppressive places. 

It follows the resistance to responsibility that defines white supremacy that it is an anti-community mentality. Supremacy can be recognized by its definitive disconnectivity; dehumanizing people in subtle or overt ways, mechanizing how people meet their needs from the land and each other, prostituting the living plants and creatures of a place. It speaks to a disconnection from self that guides someone toward disconnection from the rest of life.
White colonization is a recipe for loneliness. Musicians who spoke in solidarity with black africans were banned, many endemic species and human cultures were trampled, and South Africa retreated from the world culturally and economically to maintain its delusions. The white colonization of South Africa not only ignored and destroyed the complexities of the human-to-land relationship, but also continually fails to see the intricacies and connectivity of the landscape, leading to today’s dire drought. 

South Africa is still structured to be a shockingly repressive colonial system. Only a young generation away from formalized brutality, the legacy lives on in food, water, mental health, land access, and the economy. 1 in 4 people go hungry every day. The land is farmed unsustainably and wastefully. Very few people control the majority of the land, more land than a person can have an intimate relationship with, which leads paradoxically, to a scarcity mentality. Though only more informal than under apartheid, the exploitation black South Africans experience in their own homeland today demonstrates yet another illustration of the poison of white supremacy that structures global economies and national psychologies. Without real acknowledgment, a formal healing process that is not punitive but reconciliatory, and a sincere engagement to rework the fabric of inequality, little structural change will be achieved. 

Supremacy mentality will continue to contort into ever more absurd forms to maintain and justify itself. We must continue to speak truth and clarity to combat it, to weave a narrative of understanding reality that is inclusive, and connective, informed by ecology and history and true solutions that serve all life.

Music by Gregg Kowalsky

Jul 05, 2018
Stephen Jenkinson on Closing Time /82
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In a manner as unique as water, Stephen Jenkinson uses English in ways that begin to polish off our clinging and confusion, that make the ancient in us sit up and listen, wide-eared. A piece of his magic is in illuminating where we have come from by masterfully tracing our language back down dark burrows to ancient roots. Etymologically, he teaches, to be awake is to be gathered into the web of consequence. “A” is an old English root for locating, as in “at,” or “of,” or “with.” A wake is a ceremony to honor the dead, and also what extends out after and before you as you move through water. Thus to be a-wake is to be with the recognition of the consequence of your movement, of your being. Growth untethered to consequence is cancer. We are approaching now the reckoning of our endeavor to outgrow our limits. Elderhood is a consequence of life’s limits. It is one of the original permaculture principles, edited away, that limitations create abundance.

It is in the nature of addiction to prescribe a solution for the addiction, Stephen says, which includes continuing to use. We are deeply addicted to the thing that got us here: a stratagem for relief. And what is it really that brought us to hunger, at almost any cost, for such relief? One of Stephen’s answers is the loss of elderhood. And it is another kind of relief entirely to bathe in how and what he teaches.

We are living through a time when there are more people dying, more creatures, more plants, more cultures, than ever before. We are surrounded by more death—and of course we feel that tremendous presence of death all around us. The debts of generations past have accrued to us, but not the wisdom. Our inheritance of obligation, of reciprocity, has broken. And we are left with the dying, but no understanding of how to be with it.

Your longing is one of the manifestations of your ancestry. A consequences of our abandonment is that we’ve lost all sense that we are longed for by our ancestry, too. A time before you is singing for you ~ a longing for home that becomes miscast as a search for freedom.

Music by Jess Williamson

Jun 28, 2018
Adrienne Maree Brown on Emergent Strategy /68 (Rebroadcast)
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Andrew Moore


At the heart of Emergent Strategy is moving towards life and learning from the wisdom of nature to drive our social movements. Emergent Strategy asks of us to think about spirituality and transformative justice central to the resilient future we are imagining together. This asks of us to really show up, for ourselves and one another, leaning into conflict across horizontal hostility and vicious critique. Adrienne Maree Brown is the author behind Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. Based in Detroit, she facilitates social justice and black liberation through the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute and is on the teaching body of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and generative somatics. She and her sister co-host How to Survive the End of the World podcast, and she writes the Pleasure Dome column for Bitch Magazine.

Music by June West & Ariana Sahara

Jun 21, 2018
Jacinda Mack on The Planetary Cost of Luxury /81
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Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

On August 4, 2014 the Mount Polley Mine Disaster occured. The indigenous community of Xat’sull, located near Williams Lake, British Columbia, the waterways, salmon, bears and ecosystems will be reaping the devastation of this event for generations to come.  The Imperial Metal owned copper and gold mine dam breached a four square kilometer pond full of toxic copper and gold mining waste, spilling an estimated 25 billion litres of contaminated materials into Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake, a source of drinking water and major spawning grounds for sockeye salmon. According to Mount Polley mine records filed with Environment Canada in 2013, there were 326 tons of nickel, over 400 tons of arsenic, 177 tons of lead and 18,400 tons of copper and its compounds placed in the tailings pond.”

The consequences of this dam failure are catastrophic and heartbreaking, especially considering the Imperial Metal company has not been required to pay any fines to make reparations for this disaster that will severely impact this region for millenia to come. 

Jacinda Mack, leader of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining is a mother, water protector and Indigenous woman striving to promote environmentally sound mining exploration and development processes that respect First Nations rights and grant them full participation.  

What is responsible mining? Is there such a thing? How do we restructure our dominant culture’s view of what is considered valuable?

Jacinda is someone who is wholeheartedly leading the way to ignite the fire in people’s hearts around this critical topic of responsible mining, rooted in seven generations thinking.  Hailing from the Secwepemc and Nuxalk indigenous peoples, raised on the land in her indigenous community. Jacinda has worked with First Nations communities on the central coast and northern interior of B.C. as community organizer, researcher, natural resources manager and self government coordinator on First Nations territory-related issues.

Jacinda holds a Master of Arts degree from York University’s Communication & Culture Program, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria.

Jun 14, 2018
Tom Goldtooth on Climate Change Capitalism /80

This week on For The Wild podcast we are joined by Tom Goldtooth, an indigenous rights leader in the climate and environmental justice movement. He has served as executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) since 1996. Tom is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice, co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!, a co-founder of the U.S. based Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative, a co-founder of the first Bioneers Conference Indigenous Forum, and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. He advocates for building healthy and sustainable indigenous communities based on traditional knowledge foundations, and works within tribal governments to develop indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. He serves on numerous boards, and works with indigenous people worldwide. Tom also co-produced "Drumbeat for Mother Earth," an award-winning documentary which explored the story of toxic and synthetic chemicals contaminating the food web and violating indigenous rights. Tom is of Diné and Dakota ancestry.

Tom calls on indigenous peoples to have a critical analysis of where we are going, where we will be in fifty years, when the youth of today will be elders. How can our emotional, psychological, and our spiritual strategies impact a healing process that can ensure a just transition? “Transition is inevitable, but justice is not."

The Indigenous Environmental Network works to grow alliances, impact policy, educate and empower, organize campaigns, carry out direct action, build economically sustainable communities, and build the capacity of indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred mother earth and the health of all living things.

The Indigenous Environmental Network will be hosting the 17th annual Protecting Mother Earth Conference this month from June 28th to July 1st, hosted by the Nisqually Tribe on their ancestral lands near Olympia, Washington. This conference is indigenous-initiated, designed, and led for the purpose of uplifting the critical voices of those on the frontline battles against environmental injustice and climate change. Topics will include water, energy, mining, food sovereignty, and the rights of mother earth. 

Music by Ellayo. 

Jun 07, 2018
Ron Finley on Cultivating the Garden of the Mind /79
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Claudia Mcneilly

In the 1960s, economic development in the suburbs of Los Angeles led to “supermarket flight,” which paralleled other public and private divestment in neighborhoods like South LA, contributing to lost tax revenues, jobs, and access to amenities. This set the stage for the deep frustration that erupted in South LA following the controversial verdict of the 1992 Rodney King trial, out of which the community experienced additional losses in business including grocery stores. Through the subsequent ReBuild LA program, 32 new grocery stores were proposed to be built in South LA. Ten years after the unrest, there was only one. South LA remains a food desert.
There has been some success in South LA through changes to zoning regulations to preserve the limited remaining land there. In 2008 the city responded to community concerns regarding South LA’s over-concentration of fast food restaurants by putting a moratorium on the development of new free-standing fast food restaurants within ½ mile of an existing fast food restaurant. Since the moratorium, 14 new grocery stores have opened in the area, and only one new fast food restaurant.

Only through people power and community agitation does change arise, and as more communities organize to shape their own lives, hope spreads like a seed on the wind. Policies can structure change, and good ideas can be borrowed from one neighborhood to another. This Thursday, we speak with Ron Finley, a South LA "gangsta" gardener & designer who made the change he wanted to see in his own neighborhood. Ron started out with one guerrilla garden then founded the Ron Finley Project, which plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA yards free of charge and has installed public gardens in curb strips, homeless shelters, abandoned lots, and traffic medians. The all-volunteer organization has installed over 30 gardens.

“It's amazing what a sunflower can do - it's almost impossible not to smile at a sunflower. It transforms you to walk down the street and see color, smell smells. Beauty in, beauty out.”                                                                                                             -Ron Finley


Music by Paul Defiglia, Jack Buschman & Ben Chace

May 31, 2018
Alexandra Morton on The Virulence of Farmed Salmon /78

This week’s episode is about the devastating impact of salmon farming on the Pacific coast of British Columbia.  A salmon farm exists in a calm ocean inlet, where overcrowded salmon are enclosed in netted areas about the size of 2 football fields, below the nets, are dead zones and the fish are essentially saturated in their own excrement where water circulation and oxygen availability are limited. Because of this enclosement, disease agents spread where salmon must be regularly vaccinated. In order to maintain the appearance of salmon, synthetic carotenoids are added to their feed so their flesh turns pink. Farmed salmon flesh will remain white in the absence of a rich wild diet.

The greatest threat imposed by enclosed salmon farms are the diseases they foster and spread to our precious remaining wild salmon. This week’s guest, Alexandra Morton, is an expert in salmon farming and the viruses perpetuated by this destructive aquaculture practice-- she has written 26 papers on the topic alone and is a leader in the movement to halt salmon farming off the coast of British Columbia. She co-published the first scientific article about Piscine reovirus, a salmon virus that travelled from Norway to Canada when salmon farms were first introduced, and the coverup is becoming an international scandal. Infected farm salmon are continuing to pour in to BC salmon farms, impacting wild salmon, who infected with this disease are too weak to swim upstream to spawn.

In June 2018, British Columbia salmon farm tenures expire. IT IS OUR TIME TO RISE UP AND COLLECTIVELY SAVE OUR SALMON. Please email to respectfully request/demand that the Premiere of British Columbia do away with the Salmon Farms in the waters off the west coast of B.C. or move farmed salmon to contained holding tanks on land. As well as contacting the Minister of Fisheries Canada at to tell them that its un-acceptable to be introducing this Atlantic virus into the Pacific. Alexandra is mounting numerous litigations against these huge corporations & their corporate lawyers & she needs help with supporting her legal fees. Visit to see her research & please consider donating to her cause.

This week's featured music by: Eola and Ben Chace

May 24, 2018
Ian McAllister on Ferocious Conservation for the Last Wild Wolves /77
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Ian Mcallister

“I don’t doubt that the ancestors of these wolves lived with the ancestors of the Heiltsuk people here. When these wolves let us into their lives, are they waiting for us to rediscover that relationship? With all such encounters, I believe that a fragment of the trust that once existed between wolves and the First Peoples of this coast is rekindled, that I am witnessing the potential for humans to find their place again in the natural world.”-Ian McAllister

Ian McAllister is co-founder and executive director of Pacific Wild, a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific Coast. He is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. Ian is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a recipient of the North America Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero award. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine amongst "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Wolves are time honored as messengers, providers, protectors. This conversation with Ian McAlister is a call to rekindle and reclaim our relationship as humble companions. Where roads have not been built, nor forests plowed and paved over, the wolves can experience a freedom from the slaughter that their continental kin have suffered for centuries since the arrival of Europeans to Turtle Island. The wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest give us an entry point into understanding the wolves of the past in an unbroken lineage- and an offering for us to remember our humanity. The hour glass has flipped on these wild and sacred places and the wolves are calling on us to stand up to protect that which remains, that which serves as the reminder of time eternal.

The parallels to the havoc wreaked upon these wolf populations and that of the Original Peoples of Turtle Island are both astonishing and completely in line with European modus operandi. Follow the money and the desire for convenience, and we will find time and time again an insidious path of destruction that first demolishes our wild kin and Indigenous Peoples and then leaves us within the wreckage, broken hearted, feeling empty and disconnected. It is up to us to save the remnants of our eldest ancestors.

This week’s music by: Kitchen Dwellers & Rumpke Mountain Boys

Pacific Wild
Pacific Wild is a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on Denny Island. We are committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, other organizations and individuals. Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection to the land and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest

Pacific Wild Alliance is a non-profit society registered in British Columbia. It is not a charitable organization, which allows us to engage in advocacy work. However, PWA partners closely with the Great Bear Education and Research Project (formerly known as the Pacific Wild Initiative) at Tides Canada Initiatives Society, which is a Canadian charitable organization. The Great Bear Education and Research project (GBEAR) carries out research and education work on the central coast and beyond.  GBEAR is a partner in Pacific Wild's Great Bear Sea Hydrophone Network, Great Bear LIVE, SEAS Community Initiatives as well as other efforts to elevate awareness of wildlife and habitat issues in this region.

May 17, 2018
Ulrich Eichelmann on Saving The Blue Heart of Europe /76
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Andrew Burr

Ulrich is a German ecologist and conservationist who has been living in Vienna, Austria for 29 years. He worked for the World Wildlife Fund Austria for more than 17 years until 2007, being primarily concerned with river conservation and restoration. He has been campaigning internationally against the construction of hydropower plants, such as dams along the Danube and the Ilisu Dam project on the Tirgris River in Turkey. Between 2010 and 2012 he produced the film Climate Crimes, a documentary about the abuse of climate protection and the consequences of so-called green energies. In 2012, he founded the Vienna-based conservation organization River Watch – a society for the protection of rivers. In addition, he is freelancing for the Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung, an environmental protection foundation based in Bremen, Germany. In November 2014, he was awarded the Great Binding Prize for Nature Conservation and in June 2015 he received the Wolfgang Staab Prize for Nature Conservation.

May 10, 2018
Malik Yakini on a Food Sovereign Future in Detroit /75
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Fair Food Network Detroit

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. Yakini views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom,justice and equality. He has a strong interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Black communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.


May 03, 2018
Jurek Lubinski on Protecting Europe's Last Primeval Forest /74
Apr 26, 2018
Jeremy Lent on Depatterning Wetiko /73
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This week’s interview is with Jeremy Lent, an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. His book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, published last year, explores the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth.

Most of humanity’s ailments can be traced back to a mind virus known to some Indigenous cultures as Wetiko. Wetiko is an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit that is driven by greed, excess, and selfish consumption (in Ojibwa it is windigo, wintiko in Powhatan). With Jeremy, we will unpack the history of Wetiko spirit and its relationship to capitalism- the culmination of humanity’s hyper individualistic self destruction.  Rooted in history and patterning, Jeremy explores the ancient and primeval patriarchal drive towards violence and destruction, offering us an alternative way forward based on community, collaboration and collective divestment from Wetiko through reembodying intuition and feeling sense.

Apr 19, 2018
Leah Penniman on Land Based Liberation /72
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Molly Costello

This week we are honored to host activist, farmer and educator Leah Penniman on For The Wild. Leah lives in steadfast dedication to her mission of weaving the vast and vital threads of honoring heritage, building relationship to land and ending racism and injustice in the food system.

Soul Fire Farm in Upstate New York is a hotbed for regeneration, grassroots activism and education based in agroecology and Afro-Ecology, a form of art, movement, practice, and process of social and ecological transformation that involves the re-evaluation of our sacred relationships with land, water, air, seeds and food.

In 2009, Soul Fire’s soil was initially ranked on the worst level by the USDA Agricultural Soil Classification, with only 6 inches of topsoil. From 2009 to 2017, their topsoil increased by 300% (6 to 18 inches) through regenerative and ancestral farming practices now sequestering up to 4,000 pounds of carbon.

Leah and the folks of Soul Fire Farm leave no stone unturned in the integration between social and environmental justice. Leah serves as a true leader of our generation, asking us to show up to these times with full heart rooted tangible action, healing the earth and one another. 


Apr 12, 2018
Janine Benyus on Redesigning Society Based on Nature /71
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The Earth is some 3.8 billion years old. There are systems and structures in place that have withstood the test of time, trials and errors that exist in the deepest time. This week’s podcast guest, Janine Benyus, is a pioneer in the school of thought known as Biomimicry. The only way to survive is to learn from life how to be life. Life has learned how to create soil, clean air, water, cycle nutrients. Life, remarkably, creates conditions to produce more life, so nature is our model and our mentor. . :: In this time, we are being asked to abandon reductionist science and hyper individualism that perpetuate the cannibalistic systems of our societal workings. Janine invites us to explore systems conducive to creating more life. . :: Everything we do must create conditions conducive to life, if we want to stick around here. Janine encourages us to live by the questions, “What would nature do here?” And, “What wouldn’t nature do here?”. :: This Thursday, listen to Janine expound upon the power of Biomimicry as a force for regeneration. .

Apr 05, 2018
David Shearer on Last-Ditch Climate Ingenuity /70
 Habitat for rich microbiomes. SEM image of pores in biochar made from rubber trees. Photo:

Habitat for rich microbiomes. SEM image of pores in biochar made from rubber trees. Photo:

The advent of modern technology within deeply misguided institutions and cultures has accelerated the near-demise of the biosphere. Our guest today argues that coupled with a deep awareness of ecological realities, visionary technology can benefit nature and society, and perhaps even help avert a worst-case climate disaster. Dr. Shearer is co-founder and CEO of Full Circle Biochar. Prior to launching Full Circle Biochar, Dr. Shearer was Chief Scientist at California Environmental Associates and Principal Environmental Scientist at AeroVironment Inc., where he worked in the next-generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology space. In addition to his private sector activities, Dr. Shearer has directed groundbreaking work in both public policy and philanthropic investment for climate change mitigation. Dr. Shearer sits on several nonprofit and educational boards including SkyTruth and Black Rock Labs (formerly Black Rock Solar). He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Epidemiology and a M.S. in Environmental Microbiology from the University of California, and B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon.

Mar 23, 2018
Rue Mapp on Nature as the Great Equalizer /69

Rue Mapp is pioneering a movement of equity and justice in the outdoor recreation and environmental movement. Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature, letting people know that they are welcome in the outdoors to build community and find healing. Outdoor Afro is as much about representation as it is about paradigm shifts. Rue and her team are alchemizing the painful lineages of separation and trauma, to tell a story rooted in Black joy and seeking refuge in nature.

“I think about the Redwoods who were all clearcut, and now those trees are all second and third growth—that is the story of regeneration. I think nature holds those stories of relief. Nature relieves the stress of racism that we all feel. The trees don’t know what color I am. The birds don’t know what gender is. The flowers don’t know how much money I have in my bank account. I think we can rely on nature to be the equalizer for us so we can shed that weight. The possibility is there for us.”-- Rue Mapp

This episode is in collaboration with the Geography of Hope Conference, where Rue will be keynote speaker March 17 + 18 in Point Reyes, California.

Mar 15, 2018
Adrienne Maree Brown on Emergent Strategy /68
  Regeneration in Detroit

Regeneration in Detroit

At the heart of Emergent Strategy is moving towards life and learning from the wisdom of nature to drive our social movements. Emergent Strategy asks of us to think about spirituality and transformative justice central to the resilient future we are imagining together. This asks of us to really show up, for ourselves and one another, leaning into conflict across horizontal hostility and vicious critique. adrienne maree brown is the author behind Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. Based in Detroit, she facilitates social justice and black liberation through the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute and is on the teaching body of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and generative somatics. She and her sister co-host How to Survive the End of the World podcast, and she writes the Pleasure Dome column for Bitch Magazine.

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Mar 08, 2018
Peter Wohlleben on the Hidden Life of Trees /67

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Peter Wohlleben studies the social life of trees, how they rely on one another and build communities. A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it and each tree performs a specific role in the health and well being of the forest-- our tree elders have so much to teach us about relationship building and community.

Peter Wohlleben is a German forest protector and author of the best selling book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World. After working for over 20 years in Germany's forestry commission, he drastically shifted his career from a commercial forester to a humble steward of a woodland of familial beings. Peter claimed that prior to awakening to the interconnected intelligence of the forest, "he knew about as much about the hidden life of trees as a butcher knows about the emotional life of animals."

As far as human relations with forest goes, Peter has spent time studying homosapien interdependence on trees throughout time as one that impacts our psycho-spiritual wellbeing in our daily life, no matter how “disconnected” we may feel from nature: “Going in to an old growth forest is a feeling of coming home. A good stable forest provides good feelings, lower blood pressure and has mood stabilizing properties. But when we go into tree plantations our body reacts to the unnatural and unhealthy aspect of it. These studies show that we are still part of the forest. People may think we have lost connection with nature, but in fact, we cannot lose connection with nature because it is in your body and in your genes.”

This episode is in collaboration with Geography of Hope Conference, “Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Time” happening March 17-18 in Point Reyes, CA. On Sunday morning March 18, attendees will take part in land-based restoration and environmental efforts with Peter Wohlleben.

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Mar 01, 2018
Miriam Horn on Conserving Common Ground in America's Divided Heartland /66

Miriam Horn has worked at the Environmental Defense Fund since 2004. She is the author of three books: Rebels in White Gloves, the New York Times bestselling Earth: the Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming, and Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland. Horn was also a producer of a film based on the book which had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and aired globally on Discovery in August 2017. Before joining EDF, Ms. Horn spent two decades writing for U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Smithsonian and other publications. Her first job was with the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, doing timber management, trail construction, mine reclamation and education. Ms. Horn holds a BA from Harvard University and completed two years of post-baccalaureate study in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

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Feb 23, 2018
brontë velez on Embodying the Revolution /65
 Art by Molly Costello

Art by Molly Costello

This week’s journey on For The Wild is with the mesmerizing visionary leader brontë velez who poetically guides us through an expansive exploration of critical ecology, radical imagination and decomposition as rebellion. brontë graciously encourages us to examine our relationship to place and space, the decolonization of literacy, the decomposition of violence and the prioritization of Black wellness.

brontë is guided by “the many rivers that have come together” to make and sustain them. as a black-latinx multimedia artist, life-long student, and designer, their praxis (theory + action) lives at the intersections of critical geography, black liberation ecologies and creative placemaking. they live by the call that "black wellness is the antithesis of state violence" (Mark Anthony Johnson). their work intends to compost the violences forged by environmental racism through radical imagination. this commitment iterates through several mediums and this year grows through Lead to Life. in their last year at Brandeis University, brontë worked as a copy editor on a retrospective of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’ work. when they witnessed his projects Disarm and Palas por Pistolas - in which he transforms weapons into shovels and instruments - they were met with profound healing and a deep desire to share this medicine through continuing the rituals in the united states as a direct response to losing a dear friend to gun violence alongside the larger traumatic impact on black communities and environments from police brutality. they are committed to joy, wellness, decomposition as rebellion and walking in the prayer that “justice is what love looks like in public."



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Embodying the Revolution is a study guide to accompany further inquiry into the expansive dialogue held with brontë velez in the episode of the same title with Ayana Young of For The Wild aired on February 15th, 2018. 
This zine hosts 16 pages of content including: compiled resources mentioned in the interview, critical thinking discussion questions, poetry and prose, a deeper-dive resource guide and a comprehensive glossary. This zine is a resource to use individually or collectively to begin a conversation about building a truly just and intersectional movement. 

Feb 15, 2018
Bill McKibben on Dampening the Blow of a Spiraling Climate /64
 Brooks Range, Alaska. Photo by Willie the Wanderer

Brooks Range, Alaska. Photo by Willie the Wanderer

Today we join Bill Mckibben from Vermont to discuss the news from the frontline of climate chaos and resistance. We discuss potential scenarios regarding the fate of modern civilizations and the imperative to survive and restore biodiversity. Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books and receive the Right Livelihood Prize. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat (Megophthalmidia mckibbeni) in his honor.



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Dampening the Blow of a Spiraling Climate is a study guide inspired by For the Wild podcast episodes with esteemed climate activists Clayton Thomas-Müller (aired November 24, 2017) and Bill McKibben (aired February 8, 2018).
The expansive content illuminates the current scientific consensus of how our Earth's complex climate shifts are emerging, explores divestment as a tool for dismantling the fossil fuel regime, and probes the question of what a just transition truly looks like. Ultimately, this study guide encourages individuals and communities to reflect on and adaptively align with how the climate is shifting in their bioregion.

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Feb 08, 2018
Angelo Baca on the Elders of Bears Ears /63
    The Arch canyon area of Bears Ears, by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News


The Arch canyon area of Bears Ears, by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

As a PhD student in the department of anthropology at New York University, Angelo has research interests in indigenous international repatriation, indigenous food sovereignty, and sacred lands protection. He promotes a local participatory research methodology and empowering traditional knowledge keepers. He has taught a variety of Native American and Indigenous course topics from college to Ivy league university settings. As a documentary film-maker, Angelo has developed digital storytelling projects in close collaboration with indigenous communities. His latest film is Shash Jaa': Bears Ears. He is the co-president of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU, assisting in facilitating an Indigenous Studies Program minor at the institution and he is on the selection committee for the Chief Diversity Officer at NYU.



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Delve into For the Wild’s first podcast study guide to deepen your understanding of the complex cultural and political landscape of Bears Ears, a sacred place of shared stewardship and heritage for the sovereign indigenous nations of Pueblo of Zuni, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe. Building upon our conversation with Angelo Baca —documentary filmmaker, NYU PhD student, and Utah Diné Bikéyah resource coordinator— we invite you to think critically about the unfolding assault on our public breathing spaces and what you can do to honor sacred lands and the first peoples who stem from them.

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    Feb 01, 2018
    Nalini Nadkarni on Discovering Forest Canopy Microcosms /62
     Coast Redwood grove, by Rick Rowland

    Coast Redwood grove, by Rick Rowland

    Called "the queen of canopy research," Nalini Nadkarni explores the rich, vital world found in the tops of trees. Dr. Nadkarni has spent two decades climbing the trees of Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, the Amazon and the Pacific Northwest, exploring the world of animals and plants that live in the canopy and never come down; and how this upper layer of the forest interacts with the world on the ground. A pioneering researcher in this area, Nadkarni created the Big Canopy Database to help researchers store and understand the rich trove of data she and others are uncovering.

    Nadkarni taught biology at Evergreen State College in Washington for twenty years, followed by University of Utah, but her work outside the academy is equally fascinating -- using nontraditional vectors to teach the general public about trees and the ecosystem. She worked with prison inmates to grow moss for the horticulture trade, to relieve the collecting pressure on wild mosses and to inspire a new reverence for nature—named by TIME magazine as “One of the best inventions of 2014.”

    She holds a PhD from University of Washington and a BS from Brown University/University of British Columbia. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aldo Leopold Fellowship, the Archie Carr Medal for Conservation. She's the author of over 100 scholarly articles and four books, including Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees (read an excerpt or purchase book:

    Dec 23, 2017
    Jacqui Patterson on Eco-Justice in the Age of Disasters /61
     New Orleans after Katrina

    New Orleans after Katrina

    Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.

    Dec 18, 2017
    Pua Case on the Heart of a Mountain /60

    Pualani Case, born and raised on the Island of Hawai’i surrounded by the high mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala, the fresh waters of Kohakohau and Waikoloa and the plains of Waimea. Pua’s life path and purpose has led her to become a Kumu Hula, a teacher of traditional dance and chant, and a teacher of the ways, culture and traditions of the kanaka maoli or native peoples of Hawai’i. With a degree in Hawaiian Language and culture, and a teaching degree in Social Studies, interwoven with the traditional teachings, philosophies and expectations from her kupuna or elders, Pua has integrated ‘Ike Hawai’i or Hawaiian knowledge and lessons into the public school system for over 30 years.
    Pua and her ‘ohana, her family are active as spiritual and cultural leaders in and beyond their community. They are an integral part of the protocol and ceremonies for Na Kalaiwa’a, Moku o Keawe Makali’i Voyaging Canoe, as well as for Hokule’a and other Pacific Island Voyages. Pua sits on various educational and cultural boards including the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, Waimea Community Education Hui, and MKEA, Mauna Kea Education and Awareness. Pua and her family are petitioners in the Contested Case hearing filed on behalf of Mauna Kea Mountain. As a representative of the Mauna Kea ‘Ohana Na Kia’I Mauna, Idle No More Hawai’i Warriors Rising and Idle No More Mauna, Kea she and her family have traveled throughout the continent, to Europe and various places across the Pacific to network, support and address the issues and challenges facing sacred places and life ways of the people of Hawaiʻi.

    Dec 09, 2017
    George Monbiot on Reinhabiting an Ecological Commons /59
     Gray Wolf Pup

    Gray Wolf Pup

    Today we speak with George Monbiot, who studied zoology at Oxford, and has spent his career as a journalist and environmentalist, working with others to defend the natural world. His celebrated Guardian columns are syndicated all over the world. George is the author of the bestselling books Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life; The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order; and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His latest book is Out of the Wreckage: a New Politics for an Age of Crisis. Among the many prizes he has won is the UN Global 500 award for outstanding environmental achievement, presented to him by Nelson Mandela.

    Dec 01, 2017
    Clayton Thomas-Muller on Disrupting Planetary Destruction /58

    This week, join Ayana in conversation with organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on Indigenous rights and environmental & economic justice, Clayton Thomas-Müller. As a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada, Clayton is the 'Stop it at the Source' campaigner with For the last fifteen years he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of grassroots Indigenous Peoples to defend their traditional territories against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry. This has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands.



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    Dampening the Blow of a Spiraling Climate is a study guide inspired by For the Wild podcast episodes with esteemed climate activists Clayton Thomas-Müller (aired November 24, 2017) and Bill McKibben (aired February 8, 2018).
    The expansive content illuminates the current scientific consensus of how our Earth's complex climate shifts are emerging, explores divestment as a tool for dismantling the fossil fuel regime, and probes the question of what a just transition truly looks like. Ultimately, this study guide encourages individuals and communities to reflect on and adaptively align with how the climate is shifting in their bioregion.

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    Nov 24, 2017
    Winona LaDuke on the Prophesied Green Path /57

    This week on For The Wild we are honored to have environmentalist activist, economist, writer, orator, Winona LaDuke. LaDuke is a living embodiment of earth activism and Indigenous sovereignty and longtime inspiration of the For The Wild team.
    • As the founder and executive director of Honor the Earth, Winona is fighting against pipelines while simultaneously creating tangible solutions for oil independence. • She is rooted in the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation located in Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties of north-central Minnesota and is the founding member of Turtle Island Slow Food Association, the first indigenous-led slow food association in the world. • Winona is currently raising funds to purchase Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm in Osage, MN where she has plans to cultivate acres of industrial hemp and foster the next generation of Anishinaabe land stewards.

    Nov 16, 2017
    Sylvia Earle on the Fate of Marine Biodiversity /56

    “It's taken us a short time to change the nature of nature. In my lifetime, there has been more change than during all preceding human history put together.”

    This episode we speak with Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine. Dr. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations. Earle has led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts in 1970. She is the subject of the Emmy Award-winning film Mission Blue.

    As the founder of Mission Blue, an organization uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas, or Hope Spots. These habitats or ecosystems are home to rare, threatened or endangered species. Nominated and protected by civilians, all of these Hope Spots will create a global wave of community support for ocean conservation that leaders and policy makers can’t ignore.

    Nov 10, 2017
    Paul Watson on Sea Shepherd's Life-or-Death Direct Action /55
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="whale.jpg" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="700x394" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="59f37d69e2c4839fe39ca50c" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Today’s powerful conversation revolves around the state of the oceans, the threats to the world’s marine wildlife, the tactic of aggressive non-violence, the political dynamics at play, the tensions between indigenous hunters and conservationists, and the psychological barriers to sane co-existence. Paul Watson is a marine wildlife conservationist and environmental activist from Toronto, Canada. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977 Watson left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson has served as master and commander on seven different Sea Shepherd ships since 1978 and continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns. Alongside his crew, he has starred in seven seasons of Animal Planet’s series “Whale Wars.” Among many honors, he was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002 and he was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Oct 27, 2017
    Terry Tempest Williams on Sacred Rage and the Battle for Public Lands /54
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Bear Ears National Monument Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="700x466" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="59ea353d4c0dbf8b8018632b" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Bear Ears National Monument Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo</p> <p>We are at a crossroads. We can continue on the path we have been on, in this nation that privileges profit over people and land; or we can unite as citizens with a common cause--the health and wealth of the Earth that sustains us. If we cannot commit to this kind of fundamental shift, then democracy becomes another myth perpetuated by those in power.”- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land<br />.<br />This week on For The Wild is Terry Tempest Williams. Williams is a prolific writer who speaks out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.<br />.<br />A native of Utah, her naturalist writing has been richly influenced by the sprawling landscape of the West. &nbsp;Her most recent book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks where her writing is described to "follow wilderness trails into the realm of memory and family, exploring gender and community through the prism of landscape." &nbsp;<br />.<br />This conversation invites insight into renewed relational understanding of land, sacred rage, and protecting the breathing spaces of public lands. Terry Tempest Williams guides us to explore acts of the imagination into our shifts of consciousness and expanding our sense of family to both human and wild. &nbsp;For the identity of Americans, we are facing a welcome and necessary shift towards mindful reverence, active respect, and intentional renewal of our remaining open public spaces.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Oct 20, 2017
    Kandi Mossett on the Hidden Costs of Modernity /53
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="image1.JPG" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="800x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="59d57e9a2994ca2bba78cecc" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara – North Dakota)&nbsp;has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America.</p><p>After completing her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, Ms.&nbsp;Mossett began her work with the Indigenous Environmental Network as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator, engaging with more than 30 tribal colleges to instatecommunity based environmental programs, discuss issues of socio-ecologic injustice, and connect indigenous youth with green jobs. She currently serves as the IEN’s Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy &amp; Just Transition Campaign, focusing at present on creating awareness about the environmentally &amp; socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands.</p><p>Her local work is complemented by international advocacy work, including participation in several United Nation Forums and a testimony before the U.S. Congress on the climate issue and its links to issues of health, identity, and well being on tribal lands.</p><p>Quotes:</p><p>“Above all, fight to protect all life; be a voice for all those that can’t speak, and never give up hope.”</p><p>"We're not guaranteed change when we make our voices heard against injustice,&nbsp;but we are guaranteed to fail if we don’t at least try."</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Oct 05, 2017
    Calla Rose Ostrander and John Wick on Carbon Drawdown in Abrupt Climate Change /52
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Nachusa grasslands, Illinois, USA " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="750x499" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="59cb9765914e6b57eb9749b5" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Nachusa grasslands, Illinois, USA</p> <p>As greenhouse gas concentrations continue to climb to perilous extremes, scientists are observing dozens of new self-reinforcing feedback loops taking effect and a once-mighty biosphere begins to sputter. The pace of climate breakdown has greatly outpaced projections, and will continue to accelerate as these tipping points are reached—unless!—there were a secret power we could harness to pull CO2 out of the sky and safeguard it in the soils of a verdant food-bearing landscape. On the California coast, breakthrough research at the Marin Carbon Project has given a glimmer of hope to the disillusioned. We’re joined today by two people whose mission is to realize the potential of plants and soil communities to restore our future. John Wick is a rancher, carbon farmer, and sustainable land management advocate. He is the co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangelands, agriculture and forest soils, and is the co-owner of Nicasio Native Grass Ranch in Marin County, California. On the ranch, John manages molecules, microorganisms and rain at the watershed scale. John’s personal mission is to remove enough CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis to get us below 300 ppm, or “climate drawdown.” Calla Rose Ostrander is a strategic advisor and activist who works with leaders in California and the western US to rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle. She worked for ten years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco, leading climate action and resilience planning and internal sustainability reporting, and also worked for Earth Economics, the California Carbon Campaign and the Rocky Mountain Institute. </p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Sep 27, 2017
    Jody Holmes on Keeping the Great Bear Standing /51
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Namesake of the Great Bear Rainforest:&amp;nbsp;Kermode bear ( Ursus americanus kermodei ), also known as the Spirit bear. Photo by Richard Sandor. " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="700x466" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="59c20fa23e00be59ca45958c" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Namesake of the Great Bear Rainforest:&nbsp;Kermode bear (<em>Ursus americanus kermodei</em>), also known as the Spirit bear. Photo by Richard Sandor.</p> <p>Today we are joined by Jody Holmes, forest defender and primary architect of the historic Great Bear Rainforest Agreements which protected the largest expanses of old growth temperate rainforest in the world. The Rainforest Solutions Project is a unique and innovative coalition consisting of Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC and Stand (formerly ForestEthics). For almost 2 decades, they have had a singular mission of “pioneering collaboration between deeply divergent interests (government, First Nations, environmentalists and logging companies) in the Great Bear Rainforest to develop a world-leading legal and policy framework called Ecosystem-Based Management”. The decades-long struggle over British Columbia's enormous coastal rainforests culminated in one of the most extraordinary conservation, social justice, and indigenous rights victories in recent memory: a historic multi-generational agreement between the parties to conserve and sustainably manage the 15-million acre Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old growth temperate rainforests on the planet. Eighty-five percent of these forests are now legally off-limits to logging.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Sep 20, 2017
    Theresa Two Bulls on Uniting to Reclaim the Black Hills /50
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="8AF000EE-DBD8-423D-B95D377CD04AB688.jpg" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="619x410" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="59a73583e3df28f2da235c72" data-type="image" src="" /> Donate <p>Theresa Two Bulls is an attorney, prosecutor and politician in the United States and the Oglala Sioux Tribe. In 2004 she was elected to the South Dakota Senate, the first American Indian woman to be elected to the state legislature. In 2008 Two Bulls was elected as president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, the second woman to serve in this position. In elective office, Two Bulls has particularly worked to develop stronger relationships between tribal and local and state governments. She also served on a United States Department of Justice task force to develop guidelines for and implementation of a study to reduce violence against Indian women. When the rate of suicide rose among youth on the reservation in late 2009, Two Bulls declared a state of emergency to address the problem. As of 2015 she is secretary-treasurer of the National Congress of American Indians. She is a lead organizer of The Unity Concert, a gathering of members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation, also called the Great Sioux Nation), artists, performers and concerned global citizens committed to educating and raising support for the Black Hills Initiative. Its organizers and participants believe that the only way for the United States of America to be truly great is to honor its word. Honor the treaties. Join us in healing the Heart of a Nation by restoring the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation.</p> <p>The Black Hills Unity Concert, FREE, September 8-9-10, 2017: <a href=""></a></p> <p>*All donations to For the Wild through September 10th will go to the Unity Concert</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Aug 30, 2017
    Alnoor Ladha on Capitalists and Other Cannibals /49
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="640x426" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="5990aa7e2994ca797740feee" data-type="image" src="" /> Donate <p>Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, systems thinking, storytelling, technology and the decentralization of power. He is a founding member and the Executive Director of The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality, climate change and poverty around the world.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Aug 14, 2017
    Jasmine Fuego on Social Permaculture and Harnessing the Power of Festival Culture/48
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="380x380" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="598e5ad46f4ca37e4c8047ad" data-type="image" src="" /> Donate <p>Ahead of their joint appearances at the forthcoming <a target="_blank" href="">Global Eclipse Gathering</a> in Oregon, Ayana speaks with Jasmine Fuego about mobilizing regeneration through harnessing the power of festival culture and social permaculture.&nbsp;Jasmine Fuego is an activist, artist and permaculturist redefining the transformational festival scene by bridging the gap between art and action. Fuego helped birth into being the Permaculture Action Network, providing hands on educational experiences layering relationship building with community, land, art and music. &nbsp;Facilitator of youth mindfulness, art as activism and social entrepreneurship, Jasmine is hands on at the forefront of engagement with creative social transformation.</p><p>Jasmine is currently living in the Bay Area teaching mindfulness to Youth in Richmond with the <a href=";sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1502568163386000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNEr-jiFQu053-y9vfs9C-pZen59eQ&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1502568163393000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFE6Se5PJeti3_D_RFem5s26_yEOg">Mindful Life Project</a>,&nbsp;organizing Permaculture Action Days nationwide and singing with the purpose driven community <a target="_blank" href=";sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1502568163387000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNHY8rhmt7o0G-scJapQvJaugPif2g&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1502568163393000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEaUx56qrPV7jwPYjjeW2ZXp73W8Q">Thrive East Bay Choi</a><a target="_blank" href=";sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1502568163387000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNHY8rhmt7o0G-scJapQvJaugPif2g&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1502568163393000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEaUx56qrPV7jwPYjjeW2ZXp73W8Q">r</a></p><p>This episode is in partnership with <a target="_blank" href="">Oregon </a><a target="_blank" href="">Eclipse </a>and <a href="">Living Village Culture </a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Aug 12, 2017
    Chief Caleen Sisk on the Fight for Free and Wild Salmon Rivers /47
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="Caleen-portrait.jpg" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="656x664" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="595404ddc534a5556f5a61d2" data-type="image" src="" /> Donate <p>Ayana is joined by Chief Caleen Sisk, spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu of Northern California, to explore how the forces of industrial society have attempted to tame and exploit living waters, and how these native stewards are facing the ecological predicament that has ensued. Upon learning that the extinct Chinook salmon of her territories had survived a world away in New Zealand, Caleen has led the unprecedented effort with Maori and federal fish biologists to return Chinook to the McCloud River. Since assuming leadership responsibilities in 2000, Caleen has focused on maintaining the cultural and religious traditions of the Tribe as well as advocating for California salmon restoration, the Human Right to Water and the protection of indigenous sacred sites. Caleen is an internationally known speaker on traditional tribal and spiritual issues, having spoken on diverse topics such as spiritual medicine ways, the spirit of water, global warming, sacred sites protection and the responsibility of tribal people to honor their tribal lifeway.</p><p><br />Please visit <a href=""></a>&nbsp;to donate to this historic effort to bring back the long-lost Chinook salmon!<br />Learn about the journey at <a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jun 28, 2017
    Starhawk on the Roots and Shoots of Earth-based Community /46
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Second-growth woodlands in the Peak District, England, photo by James Mill " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="740x463" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="591636ff9de4bb3c017b39bd" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Second-growth woodlands in the Peak District, England, photo by James Mill</p> Donate <p>Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality, and a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion. She is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including <em>The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess</em>, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel <em>The Fifth Sacred Thing</em>, now in development for film and television. She is a founder of Earth Activist Trainings (EAT), teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism. Together with Charles Williams and others, she co-teaches EAT courses in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She also champions ‘social permaculture’: the application of permaculture principles to social organizations, policy and strategy. She has taught in many Bay Area colleges and universities, and is presently adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Starhawk travels internationally, lecturing and teaching permaculture, earth-based spirituality and ritual, and the skills of activism. She lives between San Francisco and West Sonoma, where she is developing a model of carbon-sequestering ranching, incorporating holistic management rotational grazing with sheep and goats, restorative forestry, food forests and perennial systems.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    May 13, 2017
    Eriel Deranger on Radicality Amid Expanding Tarsands /45
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" The Marguerite River's many backwaters and oxbow lakes, flanked by tarsands expansion and wildfire in Northern Alberta. " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="750x493" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="58fd3070bebafbbe9cbc711c" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>The Marguerite River's many backwaters and oxbow lakes, flanked by tarsands expansion and wildfire in Northern Alberta.</p> Donate <p>In this episode we speak with activist Eriel Tchekwie Deranger about the largest industrial project in the world, the Tarsands in Alberta, Canada, and strategize about the future of the fossil fuel resistance. We discuss institutional warfare waged by extractive industry on indigenous sovereignty, land rights, and the boreal forest—“the other Amazon”—Earth’s preeminent carbon sink. We cover the political manipulation that has secured new oil and gas pipeline construction in Canada despite exuberant public outcry, and how a movement must target the source and the motive of the extraction, not just the routes of transport.<br>Eriel is an Indigenous rights advocate and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), Treaty 8 of Northern Alberta, Canada. She works to raise awareness about the negative climate, human and Indigenous rights impacts of the extractive industry in her Nations traditional lands and territory. Eriel is a founder of Indigenous Climate Action, a national Indigenous civil society vehicle to push for a united Indigenous climate action strategy in Canada. She has worked with various Indigenous and non­ Indigenous organizations, including the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Indigenous Environmental Network, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and the UN Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. She is married and mother of two and currently resides in Edmonton, Canada. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Apr 23, 2017
    Bren Smith on Underwater Food Forests For Ailing Oceans /44
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Woodcut: &quot;Point Reyes From Double Point&quot;&amp;nbsp;Tom Killion, 1990 " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="750x660" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="58d882dcbe6594e2e03eaf9e" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Woodcut: "Point Reyes From Double Point"&nbsp;Tom Killion, 1990</p> Donate <p>As living communities on land and sea continue to unravel, Bren Smith of Green Wave is determined to pioneer and popularize a food system that carries marine restoration in its very architecture. Having spent his life on the seas from Newfoundland to Alaska, Bren has witnessed first hand the collapse of global fisheries. Over the last decade and a half, he has spearheaded and developed the methods of vertical 3D ocean farming. His visionary model has the potential to feed the world, while sequestering carbon and pollution, creating crucial habitat for aquatic and bird species, and ensuring a livelihood for farmers and fisher-folk everywhere. With the low-hanging fruit of wild fish nearly exhausted and with famine lurking on the world stage, ocean farming may represent a genuine way forward. Bren argues a sustainable food system must go beyond the innovations: we need to shift our priorities by reducing our consumption of wild fish and embracing the thousands of novel varieties of sea veggies. The New Yorker called Bren’s system “the culinary equivalent of the electric car” and it has recently been honored with the Buckminster Fuller Prize for Ecological Design and the European Sustainia Award, among others.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Mar 27, 2017
    Lyla June on Resistance and Forgiveness in the Final Years of Patriarchy /43
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo: Death Valley Bloom, courtesy of National Geographic " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="936x961" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="58c869e4e58c629df660499b" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo: Death Valley Bloom, courtesy of National Geographic</p> Donate <p>Lyla June traces back to the origins of the mass-psychosis that permitted a Native American holocaust: the institutionalized destruction of millions of European indigenous women, which precipitated a power play of great moral decline and severance from the sacred. Lyla argues that by facing this dark history and exposing the backward logic of a “sophisticated” death culture, a way forward emerges: in tandem with the resistance AGAINST the murder of the planet, a movement FOR LIFE must inhabit the depths of our being. Beneath the activist’s hard shell may be the living tissue of love and compassion, the drive to empower women and restore the sacred to our language and our action, a curiosity to uncover wider and more significant patterns in history, and a voice calibrated to prayer and teaching. </p> <p>Geography of Hope Conference, Ancestors &amp; the Land: Our Past, Present &amp; Future: <a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Mar 14, 2017
    Lyla June on the Endangered Diversity of Language and Life /42
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo: New Mexico Rain by Jim Caffrey " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="898x557" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="58c2e942ff7c50dd0e639478" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo: New Mexico Rain by Jim Caffrey</p> <p>Lyla June was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is a descendent of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. Her personal mission in life is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper. In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet. Lyla June ultimately attributes any achievements to Creator who gave her the tools and resources she uses to serve humanity.</p> <p>She currently lives in Diné Tah, the Navajo ancestral homeland which spans what is now called New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She spends her free time learning her engendered mother tongue, planting corn, beans and squash and spending time with elders who retain traditional spiritual and ecological knowledge.</p> <p>Geography of Hope Conference, Ancestors &amp; the Land: Our Past, Present &amp; Future: <a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Mar 10, 2017
    Stephen Jenkinson on Ancestry and Misanthropy /41
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo by Aravind Krishnaswarmi " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x453" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="5849c96103596eedb2e644f9" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo by Aravind Krishnaswarmi</p> <p>As we throw off the mental shackles of the dominant culture and seek sanity and meaning amid the fragments of heritage and conquest, we turn for guidance to a veteran of challenging transitions. Stephen Jenkinson is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. His book Die Wise recently received the Nautilus Book Award. He has a masters degree in theology from Harvard University and a masters degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Jenkinson is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of the Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker. </p> <p>Video: The Meaning of Death<br><a href=""></a></p> <p>The School of Orphan Wisdom<br><a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Dec 08, 2016
    Nina Simons on the Holistic Endeavor of Shifting Culture /40
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x453" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="57fd6638e3df28b74cdbf2ec" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>For those of you who have listened to Unlearn &amp; Rewild over the last two years, welcome to the first episode of the show under a new name. We are happy to announce the launch of <a href="">For the Wild</a>, a broader organization to take on Earth renewal in a tangible sense.</p> <p>As we join in this work, we give thanks for the numerous exceptional teachers who have come into our lives through the diverse networks of biocentrics and Earth defenders, including the Bioneers network. Today we are joined by the co-founder and president of Bioneers, Nina Simons, an award winning social entrepreneur and visionary thinker. For nearly three decades, Bioneers has been identifying, gathering and disseminating breakthrough innovations that reveal a positive and life-honoring future that’s within our grasp, today. The annual Bioneers summit takes place every October in the San Francisco Bay Area.</p> <p>Nina takes on some far-reaching questions about organizing for systemic change amid convergent ecological crises. She passes along her own nuanced observations as well as lessons from the many visionary thinkers she has crossed paths with. Her deeply informed critiques shed light on some of the topics that challenge us all: sacrifice, denialism, gender and race tension, privilege, empowerment, indigenous leadership, and building successful movements that address the many layers of societal disfunction.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Oct 11, 2016
    Faith Gemmill & Princess Lucaj on an Arctic Untouched by Oil /39
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo:&amp;nbsp;Ayana Young " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x510" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="57de005fff7c5017de05a860" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo:&nbsp;Ayana Young</p> <p>Today we’re speaking Faith Gemmill, a Pit River/ Wintu and Neets’ aii Gwich’in Athabascan earth defender from Arctic Village, Alaska. She is a campaign organizer for REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands). Faith has worked on behalf of the Gwich’in Nation for over ten years as a representative, public spokesperson and Gwich’in Steering Committee staff to address the potential human health and cultural impacts of proposed oil development in the birthplace and nursery of the Porcupine Caribou Herd in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Faith continues as a public spokesperson, press and tribal liaison and human rights advocate. Faith is a current field representative of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and has represented the Gwich’in Nation at United Nations. Faith also serves on the advisory board of Honor the Earth and and National Wildlife Federation. Also joining us is Princess Lucaj. She is the former Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee and Alaska Director at the Indigenous Leadership Institute. She was a Production Manager with Native Voices at the Autry National Center, a member of the Board of Dancing with the Spirit, and she is an actor, director and activist.</p> <p>Please sign the petition: <a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Sep 18, 2016
    Peter McCoy on Fungi for Personal and Planetary Healing /38
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo: Ayana Young " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x641" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="57b644c1e3df285ef0e69aff" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo: Ayana Young</p> <p>Today, the conversation with Radical Mycology’s Peter McCoy probes onward, as we invoke the powers of fungi in Earth healing and the integration of human societies into our delicate and compromised biosphere. We begin with cutting-edge uses of fungi for personalized medicine, which promises sweeping advances in healthcare and natural healing. We surmise the potentials and the limitations of myco-remediation in confronting industrial agriculture, logging, oceanic plastics, and other major pollution. We’ll also discuss the imperative to preserve fungal diversity and the methods of creating local spore and culture banks. Despite being sidelined by academia and the social mainstream, understanding mycology and fungal ecology—and the universal patterns therein—is an essential tool for reigning in the ecological crisis.</p> <p>Website: <a href=""></a><br>US Book Tour: <a href=""></a><br>The Book: <a href=""></a><br>2016 Convergence: <a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Aug 18, 2016
    Peter McCoy on Fungi and the Birth of the Modern Psyche /37
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo: March Young " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="700x485" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="57900993e3df2837879dffef" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo: March Young</p> <p>Today we welcome back Peter McCoy, who speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. Peter leads us through the earliest evidence of the fungal “queendom” in the development of culture and human intelligence, and shows how understanding fungal biology and mycelial webs can steer our social experiments. Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the skills needed to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Open Source Ecology and the primary author behind <em>Radical Mycology</em>, a nearly 700-page book on accessible mycology and mushroom cultivation. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, street medic, zinester, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jul 20, 2016
    Monique Verdin and Cherri Foytlin on the Gulf Coast’s Unsound Future /36
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Rare mature cypress trees are still logged for mulch, and most will not grow back. " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x456" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="577c44ac1b631bee7ce8c2e7" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Rare mature cypress trees are still logged for mulch, and most will not grow back.</p> <p>Today we will look deep into the challenges faced by frontline indigenous activists in one of America’s most vibrant, and imperiled, regions, the Mississippi Delta. Monique Michelle Verdin is a native daughter of southeast Louisiana and the creator of the film My Louisiana Love. Her intimate documentation of the Deltas’ indigenous Houma nation exposes the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate and change. Cherri Foytlin is a Cherokee and Dine journalist, and mother of six who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of "Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion," and she has been a constant voice speaking out for the health and ecosystems of Gulf Coast communities, across many forms of media.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jul 05, 2016
    Robin Wall Kimmerer on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing /35
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x510" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="57365b17cf80a1b5bece0dea" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata)</p> <p>Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the <a href="">Center for Native Peoples and the Environment</a>. The Center’s mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. Dr. Kimmerer has authored numerous literary essays and scientific papers on restoration and plant ecology, as well as the award-winning books <em>Gathering Moss</em>, and <em>Braiding Sweetgrass</em>, which interweave indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    May 14, 2016
    Jill Stein on the Fertile Grounds for Revolution /34
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo by Cheryl Dunn, 2011 " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="699x699" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="571857dac2ea51643d934c00" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo by Cheryl Dunn, 2011</p> <p>The first season of this program has explored our ecological predicament from the vantage of activism, science, indigenous knowledge, and eco-psychology, and we have brainstormed and dreamed about how to move towards a regenerative future as an Earth community. The window we must pass through to escape a total unraveling of the climate and biodiversity is so small that we must focus all our creative powers on hitting that target, no matter how radical the changes we must make in our societies and ourselves. The other part of the message is that we can’t do it alone, and we must partner with the plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria, those ancient survivors and healers who give so freely of their gifts. In separation, all creatures perish, but together we comprise a complete intelligence, a beating heart. Our inquiries have often been conceptual, as we dig down to the roots of our collective confusions and shadows. We have set aside the fine-toothed political and economic discussions, because they often conclude that what’s necessary is impossible, and thus produce no meaningful solutions that change our destructive course. Today marks a new direction. Our guest today is a rare breed: a politician who not only can admit our political system is broken and our home planet cries for radical change, but who is absolutely dedicated to building a movement around making it through that diminishing window of opportunity. Jill Stein is the Green Party’s 2016 candidate for President of the United States.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Apr 21, 2016
    Diana Beresford-Kroeger on Replanting the Global Forest, Part Two /33
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Painting by March Young " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="700x791" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="57020ccef850820e70b68b51" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Painting by March Young</p> <p>A delightful meander into the deep knowledge of the forest! How do trees communicate with one another and act for the common good? Why are oceans utterly dependent on healthy forests? How would a regenerative society meet its resource needs? What do children know that their parents have forgotten? Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a one-woman force of regeneration of the biosphere. A botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined "renegade scientist," she brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Orphaned in Ireland in her youth, Diana was educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon knowledge of plants and nature. Told she was the last child of ancient Ireland and told to one day bring this knowledge to a troubled future, Diana has done exactly that. Her Bioplan is an ambitious plan encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest. Her books include “The Sweetness of a Simple Life,” “The Global Forest,” “Arboretum Borealis,” “Arboretum America,” and “A Garden for Life.” Diana Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings WorldQuest fellow in 2010 and named one of Utne reader’s World Visionaries for 2011. </p> <p>Learn more about Diana's amazing upcoming film <em>The Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees</em> at <a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Apr 04, 2016
    Diana Beresford-Kroeger on Replanting the Global Forest, Part One /32
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="700x554" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="56e22c6be32140d2422a1d86" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a one-woman force of regeneration of the biosphere! A botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined "renegade scientist," she brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Orphaned in Ireland in her youth, Diana was educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon knowledge of plants and nature. Told she was the last child of ancient Ireland and told to one day bring this knowledge to a troubled future, Diana has done exactly that. Her Bioplan is an ambitious plan encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest. Her books include <em>The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis, Arboretum America, </em>and<em> A Garden for Life.</em> Diana Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings WorldQuest fellow in 2010 and named one of Utne reader’s World Visionaries for 2011. </p> <p>Upcoming event///March 19<br><strong>Call of the Forest: Climate, Water, and Spirit</strong>, in Point Reyes, CA.<br><a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Mar 11, 2016
    Rosemary Gladstar on Uniting Plant Savers /31
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="600x727" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="56cccaf807eaa01d2a9cf832" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)</p> <p>Come fall in love with plants, not just as teachers and healers, but as powerful partners in land stewardship and renewal. Rosemary Gladstar joins us to discuss her activism in protecting and restoring medicinal plants and their habitats. She is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the 'godmother of American Herbalism'. She began over 35 years ago developing herbal formulas in her shop, Rosemary's Garden in Sonoma County, California. She is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, the oldest running herb school in the United States, and is the organizer of the International Herb Symposium and The annual New England Women's Herbal Conference. She is the author of numerous books and has taught extensively throughout the United States and worldwide at venues as varied as backyard gardens, native villages, garden clubs, universities and hospitals. She is also the co-founder of the Traditional Medicinals tea company. Rosemary’s greatest passion has been the work of United Plant Savers, a non profit organization that Rosemary founded in 1994 and is currently president. UpS is dedicated to the conservation and cultivation of at risk North American medicinal plants and to preserving botanical sanctuaries across the U.S. to help preserve the land that these precious native species thrive on. Rosemary lives and works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, a 500 acre botanical preserve in central Vermont. </p> <p><a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Feb 23, 2016
    Andrew Harvey on Confronting Crisis with Divine Dignity /30
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="650x434" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="56a8863b841aba5d49d1d0fb" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>As we stand in awe before biotic and societal collapse, Andrew Harvey gives us a map of mystical teachings to help us navigate the dark night of the soul and to emerge as empowered Earth defenders. Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action to preserve and heal the planet and its inhabitants. Andrew was born in south India in 1952, and went to school in England. He studied history at Oxford, receiving England’s highest academic honors. Over the last forty years he has plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Sufism. He has synthesized these mystical explorations with a deep environmental and humanitarian ethic in the practice of Sacred Activism. He is the author of over 30 books.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jan 27, 2016
    Buffy Sainte-Marie on Creative Decolonization in a Global Village /29
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" &quot;Neon Hula&quot; -Digital art by Buffy Sainte-Marie " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="523x378" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="56481095e4b0aa827536b8ab" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>"Neon Hula" -Digital art by Buffy Sainte-Marie</p> <p>Today we are speaking with the legendary artist, educator and political activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. Buffy was born to Cree parents on the Piapot Cree Reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She was orphaned as an infant and moved to Massachusetts, where she would later get her degree in Eastern Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts. In the early Sixties, Buffy played the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, where her music was so well received that her career skyrocketed to international fame soon thereafter. Almost 50 years after the release of her first album, <em>It’s My Way</em>, Buffy’s new album, <em>Power in the Blood</em>, is filled with the same fierce messages, eclecticism and passion unique to this unstoppable woman. We explore creativity in an age of commodification, being indigenous in a global village, demythologizing the power elites, and more!</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href="">New Album: Power in the Blood</a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Nov 15, 2015
    Elizabeth Kolbert on the Coming Age of Loneliness /28
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Irrigated fields in Texas.&amp;nbsp; " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="607x426" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="560bd631e4b0651fc558379a" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Irrigated fields in Texas.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the race to name this new bizarre geologic era, "Anthropocene" seems to have stuck the most. Some people are cautious to embrace a name meaning the age of humans, as it can be latched onto by industry and used as a justification for the murder of the planet. More descriptive, cautionary names have been suggested, too. Michael Soule suggested the Catastrophozoic Era. Other contenders include Homogenocene, the Age of Homogeneity, Mixocene, the Age of Slime, and the most resonant to me, coined by EO Wilson, Eremocene, the Age of Loneliness. With the human population in explosive expansion, it is easy to forget, the Earth is going through the most rapid extinction crisis the world has ever seen. Joining us today to help us digest the great amount of information being amassed around the globe about this major juncture in Earth’s history, is Elizabeth Kolbert. Elizabeth is a staff writer for The New Yorker, author of <em>Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change</em>, and most recently <em>The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History</em>, which has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Sep 30, 2015
    Trebbe Johnson on Bearing Witness to Wounded Places /27
    <a href="" target="_blank"> <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance. Website (new tab) " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="750x500" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="55f58aa3e4b0456f039bb98c" data-type="image" src="" /> </a> <p>Photo by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance. <a target="_blank" href="">Website (new tab)</a></p> <p>There are virtually no places left that have not been logged, mined, tilled, paved, overfished, overhunted, irradiated, drilled, bombed, or built to the sky. As public discourse swirls around how to meet our material needs as we ap[][1]proach the limits of growth, there is another conversation going on about how to give back and make offerings of beauty amid the plunder. As Albert Einstein said, we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Hyper-rational linear thinking alone cannot impassion us to defend the sacred places that are buried beneath the sprawl of infrastructure. Our guest today, Trebbe Johnson, helps people break through the walls that isolate them from the pain and healing of the Earth. She has been leading vision quests, workshops, and ceremonies worldwide since 1994. She is the founder of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a non-profit organization devoted to finding and making beauty in wounded places, and the author of <em>The World Is a Waiting Lover</em>. A passionate explorer of outer as well as inner frontiers, Trebbe has camped alone in the Arctic, traveled in the Sahara Desert, and is an award-winning multimedia producer.</p> <p>Recent article in Orion Magazine: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Radical Joy For Hard Times: <a href=""></a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Sep 13, 2015
    Vandana Shiva on the Emancipation of Seed, Water and Women /26
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="647x419" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="55e12663e4b00445ea197016" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Does wild nature have a place in the future of farms and human society? How close to the edge of genetic unraveling will we come before stopping biotech pollution and safeguarding seed diversity? Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author of many books, including <em>Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply *and</em> Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge*. Before becoming an activist, she was one of India’s leading Physicists. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Aug 29, 2015
    Curt Stager on the Deep Future of Earth’s Climate /25
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="500x333" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="55cea7c5e4b0c8582afd973c" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>An expansive discussion on the climate, past and future: the weight of humanity on natural systems, repercussions of temperature and sea level rise, the future of the amazon, the history of salmon and northwest forests, and more. Curt Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist, and science journalist with a Ph.D. in biology and geology from Duke University.&nbsp;Dr. Stager blends the long-term perspective of a climate historian and multidisciplinary outlook of a biologist-geologist with the communication skills of a lifelong teacher and writer.&nbsp;He has published over three dozen peer-reviewed articles in major journals and has written extensively for general audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic, New York Times, Fast Company, and Adirondack Life.&nbsp; Since 1990, he has also co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio. He currently teaches at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, where he continues to investigate the long-term history of climate in Africa, South America,&nbsp;and the northeastern United States.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Aug 15, 2015
    Peter Michael Bauer on the Survival of the Wildest /24
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="705x443" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="55b2dfd7e4b0edbb36a22c4f" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Just as returning wolves to their former territories benefits all other creatures, humans—also apex predators—have an ecological role to play. Our very survival in the face of the inevitable collapse of modern civilization, Peter suggests, depends on us remembering ancestral skills and strengthening the native plant populations that sustain us. Peter is the founder and Executive Director of Rewild Portland, a local non-profit that creates cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions, and technologies.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jul 25, 2015
    Leila Darwish on Grassroots Earth Repair /23
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="618x360" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="558e9a05e4b0b3c98bba7623" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Leila Darwish is a community organizer, author, permaculture designer, educator, urban gardener, and grassroots herbalist with a deep commitment to environmental justice, decolonization, food sovereignty, and to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water. Over the last decade, she has worked as a grassroots bioremediation instructor for different environmental organizations and community groups in Alberta, BC and the USA on campaigns such as tar sands, fracking, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, and more.&nbsp;We will be discussing her book from New Society Publishers entitled “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes.”</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jun 27, 2015
    Martin Prechtel on the Search for the Indigenous Soul /22
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="563x422" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="557b8ca5e4b0452ec697b250" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. As a half blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, his life took him from New Mexico to the village of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. There becoming a full village member of the Tzutujil Mayan population, he eventually served as a principal in that body of village leaders responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of adult rights of passage. Once again residing in his native New Mexico, Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen. Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul. For more information visit:</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jun 13, 2015
    Derrick Jensen on Civilization and Creating a Culture of Resistance /21
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x478" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="5569104ae4b0fc17275449b1" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Civilization took millennia to congeal, and in the last few hundred years it has accelerated its world takeover. The health of the world’s plant and animal communities has inversely plummeted, where now species extinctions are in the hundreds per day, and the wounded remnants of ecosystems are finally succumbing to desertification, which is evident across over two-thirds of the planet. Joining us today to help us interpret these patterns of history, and how to break them, is author Derrick Jensen. Philosopher, teacher, and radical activist Derrick Jensen has authored over twenty books and is the best-known voice of the growing deep ecology movement.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    May 30, 2015
    Miles Olson on Making a Life in Wild Places /20
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="577x371" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="5555e914e4b01c8e639e3256" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Today, we are talking with the eloquent young visionary Miles Olson, who is living an ongoing experiment in rewilding. Miles has spent the past decade deeply immersed in learning and practicing Earth Skills, while foraging, hunting, gardening and gathering for his livelihood. His experiences have given him a unique perspective on rewilding, radical self-reliance, and the impact of civilization on the natural world. Miles offers a candid discussion into the social and technological drivers of our separation from nature. We muse about collapse scenarios, and revel in thoughts of the beautiful mess of the ensuing wildness.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    May 15, 2015
    Tom Waldo on Fighting For Alaska's Ancient Rainforest /19
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="680x451" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="5543eaede4b01f3065e74dee" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Today we will take an in depth look at the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, which has been called the “crown jewel” of Americas forests. The largest of US national forests, it consists of one third of the world’s coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem, which only occurs in three percent of Earths landmass. The Tongass has already had nearly half of its very large old growth trees cut down due to a process known as high-grading—where loggers remove the oldest and largest trees from the forest. These trees are often essential to the ecosystem, simply because they are so large and provide vital habitats for woodland creatures. Last month, an Alaska court approved further logging of this rare heritage old-growth that has just begun and will continue for ten years unless we organize a strong push-back. Joining us today to fill us in about this top-priority conservation issue is Tom Waldo, senior staff attorney with Earth Justice in Alaska, who has dedicated the last 25 years to defending Alaska’s ancient forests and other urgent causes.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    May 01, 2015
    Mary Ellen Hannibal on the Spine of the Continent /18
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="mary-ellen-hannibal-montana.png" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="626x466" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="55318f21e4b09a663474fc2a" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Today we explore an epic nature conservation project that encompasses the great North American Rockies, and we examine the infinite delicate relationships between the species that inhabit them. Mary Ellen Hannibal is a Bay Area writer and editor focusing on science and culture. Hannibal’s book <em>The Spine of the Continent</em> is about a social, geographical, and scientific effort to save nature along the Rocky Mountains. A “thoroughly satisfying gem,” The Spine of the Continent chronicles landscapes, people, critters, and issues along the Spine. A former book review and travel editor, Hannibal is Chair of the California Book Awards. She was a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. &nbsp;She is a recipient of the National Society of Science Writer’s Science and Society Award 2012 and Stanford University’s Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Apr 17, 2015
    Courtney White on Climate Solutions in the Soil /17
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="600x400" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="5515c266e4b027cd3370be7a" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Carbon has become synonymous with “the problem,” but all terrestrial life is based on carbon, and figuring out the carbon cycle is a prerequisite to taking effective climate action. As a continuation of our exploration of restoration agriculture with Mark Shepard, we discuss grassland ecosystems and their capacity to pull massive amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and back into the ground—representing a real, promising solution to our planetary crisis. Globally, 99% of grasslands are drought-stricken, overgrazed, and weakened by exotic species invasions. With some subtle adjustments to cattle management and some basic awareness of the carbon cycle, we can make a large dent in greenhouse emissions. Imagine what we can do with some more radical changes! Courtney White, formerly a frontline environmental activist and author of <em>Grass, Soil, Hope</em>, is tapping this extraordinary potential by bringing “carbon ranching” to the American Southwest through his work with the Quivira Coalition. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Mar 27, 2015
    Climbing Poetree on being Radical Solutionaries /16
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="climbing-poetree.jpg" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="600x403" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="55037453e4b02e0b159b76a0" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Poets, performance artists, print makers, video and graphic designers, muralists, and new media architects, Alixa and Naima create compelling works at the service of their vision for a more just and livable world. They just published a breathtaking poetry anthology, available at They tells us about their valient projects and experiences in art-activism, and then get into the juiciness of vision-work, the future of human society, and their advice to budding "solutionaries."</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Mar 13, 2015
    Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture /15
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="570x380" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54fa435be4b0a61cf906be13" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Many of the topics we cover on this program either deal with the complex and difficult situation humanity has awoken to find itself in, or the growing pool of solutions being proposed. Few authors are able to span both areas as deftly as our guest today. We’re taking a journey into the deep wells of knowledge of restoration agriculture pioneer Mark Shepard, who has created a forest where there once was just degraded Wisconsin farmland, not just any forest, but a mega-permaculture, a 106-acre food production environment. He has just written a phenomenal book entitled <em>Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers</em>, which is a handbook on large scale perennial polyculture, padded with generous servings of philosophy and big-picture analysis on how to move forward through the impasse humanity faces and confront it square-on.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Mar 07, 2015
    Stephen Harrod Buhner on Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Part Two /14
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="310x372" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54f0f460e4b002fbcd2311df" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>The conversation from last week continues. What has the role of psychedelics been in human and plant evolution? What is the ecological function of art? How is science changing as it moves out of reductionism? What do the heart, the brain, and the gut have in common? Stephen Harrod Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian studies, described as a bardic naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The <em>Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants,</em> and <em>Sacred Plant Medicine</em>. His most recent book is <em>Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm</em>. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught for more than 30 years throughout North America and Europe. He lives in Silver City New Mexico.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Feb 27, 2015
    Stephen Harrod Buhner on Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Part One /13
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="521x325" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54e75b00e4b0bc2e9a8fdeb1" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>This week’s interview is a mosaic of mind-shattering insights from Earth-poet-philosopher Stephen Harrod Buhner. Stephen is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian studies, described as a bardic naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. His most recent book is Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught for more than 30 years throughout North America and Europe. He lives in Silver City New Mexico. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Feb 20, 2015
    Joanna Macy on the World As Lover and Self /12
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x323" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54cc9ae2e4b0a9f2ecd55632" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth. She offers her wisdom for remaining sane and grounded as life-long activists in the uphill battle of ecological crisis.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jan 31, 2015
    Matthew Wood on the History and Fate of Herbalism /11
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="matthew_wood.jpg" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x293" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c2dd93e4b060a897562ff2" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>We are in the company of Matthew Wood, author and herbalist of thirty years speaking to us on age-old plant medicine usages, the crucial task of upholding the habitat of plant communities, and much more. Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jan 23, 2015
    Albert Bates On Where Activism Meets Counterculture /10
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x292" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c340e9e4b03be87103169c" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Albert Bates has been the director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and the Ecovillage Training Center at the Farm in Tennessee since 1994 where he has taught sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and restoration ecology to students from more that fifty nations. Albert regales us with his charisma, discussing the miracle of biochar, which can trap carbon while building soil and reversing desertification. We tie carbon farming into the wider climate movement and talk about breaking the cycle of climate denial. Albert goes everywhere from the nuclear reality to the importance of celebration amid the madness.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jan 10, 2015
    Xandria Williams on Curing Cancer with Food /09
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x312" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54897aa5e4b03c0a9b934cd6" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Become a better steward of your inner environment! Naturopath Xandria Williams demystifies the spectre of cancer, the most insidious "disease of civilization," and recommends a menu and lifestyle for its treatment and prevention, with lots of juicy details. Xandria began her career as a geochemist, but turned to biochemistry and the study of nutrition, naturopathy, homeopathy, and herbal medicine. She has written hundreds of articles, 15 books, and appears frequently on television and radio. Xandria lectures extensively at natural therapy colleges and conferences. She practices in London. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Jan 02, 2015
    Peter McCoy on the Way of the Mycelial Warrior /08
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x269" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c3ea29e4b03be871050519" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Peter McCoy is the main author of the new book Radical Mycology. What began as a self-guided passion in his younger years has since developed into a life-long devotion to the fungal kingdom and educating the world about its ability to heal the bodies, minds, and ecosystems of the planet.</p> <p>In 2006, Peter co-founded the Radical Mycology project with a focus on teaching the simplest and most effective methods of mushroom cultivation for the purposes of food sovereignty, medicine production, community-scale remediation, and resilient living. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Dec 11, 2014
    Will Harlan on the Wild Woman of Cumberland Island /07
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x292" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c3412de4b060a89757b57c" data-type="image" src="" /> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x292" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c34114e4b08c8849fdab40" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Today we will have a rare glimpse into one of the last remaining wild places in the Eastern United States, Cumberland Island, a 18 mile long island just off the coast of Southern Georgia, a semi-tropical eden of endangered wildlife and pristine ancient forests that has been protected as a wilderness area since 1982. In addition to loggerhead turtles and wild horses, it is home to Carol Ruckdeschel, subject of the new biography <em>Untamed: the wildest woman in America and the fight for Cumberland Island</em>. Today we are speaking with the author of that book, Will Harlan, the editor in chief of <em>Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine</em> and award-winning journalist. Will was a park ranger on Cumberland Island for nearly twenty years. He initially dreaded crossing paths with this legendary witch of the wilderness, but the real Carol Ruckdeschel turned out to be a distinguished biologist, tireless steward of Cumberland island, and one of the most wildly fascinating people in America.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Dec 11, 2014
    Matthew Fox on Deep Ecology Through the Eyes of a Mystic /06
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x277" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c34159e4b06765d7e0b4fa" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America. He has been renewing the ancient mystical tradition of Creation Spirituality, founding the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, which incorporates Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sufi, Native American, goddess, Hindu traditions as well as ecology, social justice, feminist theory and art. Fox’s effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has included revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Aquinas and the Cosmic Christ tradition, as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics. He has authored two books with British biologist Rupert Sheldrake, and has worked closely with Native American leaders such as Buck Ghosthorse. We discuss deep ecology as a spiritual practice that must be put in action.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Dec 08, 2014
    Dr. Caroline Fraser on Rewilding the World /05
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x330" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c34172e4b0ef5f4ba7221a" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Our guest today, <strong>Dr. Caroline Fraser</strong>, has written the first definitive account of a visionary campaign to confront ecological crises, entitled <em>Rewilding the World, Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution</em>. Breathtaking in scope and ambition, rewilding aims to save species by restoring habitats, reviving migration corridors, and brokering peace between people and predators. Traveling with wildlife biologists and conservationists, Caroline reports on the vast projects that are turning Europe's former Iron Curtain into a greenbelt, creating transfrontier Peace Parks to renew elephant routes throughout Africa, and linking protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico and beyond.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Nov 30, 2014
    Toby Hemenway on Permaculture for Nomads /04
    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x268" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c34199e4b01cdc72cc4247" data-type="image" src="" /> <p><strong>Toby Hemenway</strong> is the author of <em>Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture</em>, which for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world. Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues. We discuss the broader social context of food, the ecological problems of civilization, the joys of nomadism, and permaculture’s place in restoration.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Nov 30, 2014
    Charles Eisenstein on Foundations of Earth Activism /03
    <img class="thumb-image" alt=" Photo: TJ Watt " data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x293" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c341c4e4b09b3245f4f60b" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Photo: TJ Watt</p> <p>Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His viral short films and essays online have established him as a genre-defying social philosopher and countercultural intellectual. He is one of the leading voices of the progressive movement and according to Publishers Weekly, he ”will be noted in antiquity as one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of this new world." Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. He is the author of <em>Sacred Economics, The Ascent of Humanity</em>, and most recently, <em>A More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible</em>. We ask him some of the unabashedly philosophical questions that keep Earth activists up at night. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Oct 02, 2014
    Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi on Zen & the Planetary Emergency /02
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="susan_murphy.jpg" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x330" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="54c341e0e4b09b3245f4f651" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi is a writer, radio producer and film director, film professor, as well as the founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in Sydney Australia. She has a special interest in the way Zen and indigenous Australian sense of 'care for country' come together. Susan is the author of the book, <em>Upside Down Zen</em> and her latest book is <em>Minding the Earth, Mending the World: The Offer We Can No Longer Refuse</em>, a Zen response to our slow-burning planetary emergency. We discuss the meaning of wild and its apparent antithesis, discipline, and much more.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Oct 01, 2014
    Linda Tucker on White Lions in Mythology and Nature /01
    <img class="thumb-image" alt="linda_tucker.jpg" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="440x352" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" data-load="false" data-image-id="542b9b44e4b0c36d6069a0e3" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Linda Tucker, an ecological activist, grew up in South Africa during Apartheid and attended the Universities of Cape Town in South Africa and Cambridge in the United Kingdom. In 2002, she founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust, an organization that works to protect not only the white lions, but also the indigenous communities and knowledge of the Tsonga and Sepedi cultures, which celebrate the white lion as a sacred living heritage. Her spellbinding new book, <em>Saving the White Lions: One Woman’s Battle for Africa’s Most Sacred Animal</em>, chronicles her life’s journey as the chosen torchbearer of the white lion shamanic tradition and her valiant battle to preserve these mythical creatures.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
    Oct 01, 2014