Conservation

Air, Land, Water, & Wildlife

Johnny Sundstrom, a local rancher and conservationist.
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Johnny Sundstrom, a local rancher and conservationist.

A Rancher and a Conservationist Since time immemorial, the Siuslaw Basin’s watershed has supported habitat for salmon. However, over the past 200 years our region has undergone significant changes. During that time, native people, along with their traditional values and historic stewardship of our watershed’s resources, were rapidly supplanted by commercial fishing, timber harvesting and agriculture. These impacts have significantly altered the economic, cultural and ecological characteristics of the watershed as a whole. Johnny Sundstrom, local rancher and long-time conservationist brings his energy and unique perspectives to land management and the challenges of ecological restoration. In nearly five decades of living here, he has seen major shifts in social and biological approaches, agency responses, and in attitudes toward the uses and availability of the region’s natural resources.  Throughout his time here, Johnny has contributed to the growing awareness of the deep, mutually dependent connections between the health of salmon, the health of our home lands and waters, and our communities.  As Johnny says when talking about his involvement with our work and restoration goals, “You just can’t have a forest like this without these fish.” Coho salmon spend up to 18 months in freshwater streams, and then three years in the ocean, feeding and growing. When these large, mature salmon return to the rivers of their birth, they bring back the bounty of the ocean.  When their carcasses are eaten, digested, and deposited across the landscape by countless animals, birds, and insects they become an integral part of the forest food-chain, from stream bed to understory. And, as rivers flow back to the sea, these nutrients feed ocean life and fuel the cycle all over again.
SFA Podcast: Maia Wikler; uplifting stories of youth on the frontlines of climate injustices
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SFA Podcast: Maia Wikler; uplifting stories of youth on the frontlines of climate injustices

Subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or Spotify for the full episode. Maia Wikler is an anthropologist, climate justice organizer, and writer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue and VICE. Maia is a true positive change maker; using her skills of writing, film, and community organizing to advocate for those on the frontlines of climate change. A great deal of her work focuses on uplifting youth leadership, Indigenous communities, and human rights. She was a youth delegate at the UN Climate Talks in 2017 as a member of the organization SustainUS. Maia is currently a PhD candidate in Political Ecology at the University of Victoria. She is directing a short documentary film featuring the Gwich’in women who are leading the fight to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Maia was recently selected as a National Geographic Early Career Explorer to document cross-border stories about the threats to wild salmon from mining in Northern British Columbia. Maia speaks with us about the impact of storytelling, youth leadership, and how we can all find our role in defending against climate injustice. Stories for Action’s mission is to share the human connection around a thriving environment. Our aim is to bridge divides and prove that we can and must unite around creating a regenerative society. Join us in this podcast series for conversations with people taking bold steps and offering calls to action, inspiring you to find your role in creating a healthy planet for all. Subscribe to our podcasts on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, or Podbean https://storiesforaction.podbean.com/ Share with others! Join our community!: https://linktr.ee/StoriesforAction Find a story & get inspired to find your role. Submit your own story for us to share. Join the Storyteller's Network if you are an artist or media creator looking to use your work for environmental advocacy. Visit our site: https://www.storiesforaction.org Instagram & Facebook: @StoriesforActionTwitter: @Stories4Action #ClimateCrisis #Environmentaljustice #environment #storytelling #vice #teenvogue #climate #youth #SustainUs #Sunrisemovement #NationalGeographic #Canada #Indigenous #DefendtheSacred #NativeYouth #sunrise #Native #stories #oralhistory #waterislife #sacred #Colorado #BritishColumbia #UBC #Philadelphia #climateaction #GreenNewDeal #frontline #environmentaljustice #humanrights #intersectionalenvironmentalism #nature #borderwall #fridaysforthefuture #schoolstrike
SFA Podcast: Asher Jay; Creative ways to broaden your impact
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SFA Podcast: Asher Jay; Creative ways to broaden your impact

Asher Jay an international adventurer and National Geographic Explorer whose compelling paintings, ad campaigns, and films all have a single purpose: to incite global action on behalf of wildlife conservation. Asher speaks with us about the importance of storytelling in conservation, working with local communities, and how action forward can only come about if we have inclusive conversations. “It’s an interesting time to be alive because there are so many perspectives depending on where you are in that storyline. As conservationists, if we approach it solely from the perspective of ‘this needs to be kept alive for it’s own intrinsic value’, it’s all well and good but if the reality and context does not support it, people are not actually going to be a part of that solution process.” Asher Jay: IG & Twitter: @earthheiress or https://www.asherjay.com Cover Photo of Asher: Dorian Anderson Stories for Action’s mission is to share the human connection around a thriving environment. Our aim is to bridge divides and prove that we can and must unite around creating a regenerative society. Join us in this podcast series for conversations with people taking bold steps and offering calls to action, inspiring you to find your role in creating a healthy planet for all. Subscribe to our podcasts on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, or Podbean https://storiesforaction.podbean.com/ Share with others! Join our community!: https://linktr.ee/StoriesforAction Find a story & get inspired to find your role. Submit your own story for us to share. Join the Storyteller's Network if you are an artist or media creator looking to use your work for environmental advocacy. Visit our site: https://www.storiesforaction.org Instagram & Facebook: @StoriesforActionTwitter: @Stories4Action Music: https://www.bensound.com #asherjay #artist #nationalgeographic @nationalgeographic #conservation #wildlife #africa #ivorytrade #poaching #nature #environment #covid #impact #marketing #painter #art #lion #elephants #climateaction #climatecrisis #regenerative #painter #NewYork #sculpture #takeaction #storytelling #creative #artfortheearth
SFA Podcast: Jessie Thomas; Fighting wildfires, the power of food, & the impact of mothers' voices
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SFA Podcast: Jessie Thomas; Fighting wildfires, the power of food, & the impact of mothers' voices

As wildfires are currently burning across the western US, we speak with Jessie Thomas about her experience fighting wildfires as a smokejumper and her business Sustainable Wellness, which promotes lifestyles and nutrition for human and environmental sustainability. She also speaks about the need for new voices in leadership and mothers' critical role in climate action. Stories for Action’s mission is to share the human connection around a thriving environment. Our aim is to bridge divides and prove that we can and must unite around creating a regenerative society. Join us in this podcast series for conversations with people taking bold steps and offering calls to action, inspiring you to find your role in creating a healthy planet for all. Subscribe to our podcasts on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, or Podbean https://storiesforaction.podbean.com/ Find a story & get inspired to find your role. Submit your own story for us to share. Join the Storyteller's Network if you are an artist or media creator looking to use your work for environmental advocacy. Visit our site: https://www.storiesforaction.org Instagram & Facebook: @StoriesforAction Twitter: @Stories4Action Join our community!: https://linktr.ee/StoriesforAction #wildfires #california #montana #oregon #washington #mountainmama #motherhood #workingmom #climatechange #climateactionnow #bipartisan #intersectionalenvironmentalist #environmentalist #conservation #landmanagement #wilderness #forestfire #fires #smokejumper #mountains #missoula #climate #foodsystems #organic #regenerative #nutrition #moms #sustainable #sustainability
Why Native Hawaiians Protesting Giant Telescope on Mauna Kea Aren't Going Anywhere | NBC Left Field
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Why Native Hawaiians Protesting Giant Telescope on Mauna Kea Aren't Going Anywhere | NBC Left Field

The Hawaii Island’s Mauna Kea mountain, the most sacred site to Native Hawaiians, is also a prized location to the astronomy community as a home to many powerful observatories. This summer, a community of resistance called Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu formed on the access road that leads to the summit of Mauna Kea, where Native Hawaiian protesters aim to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope or TMT. Protesters say they don’t oppose science and astronomy, but the further desecration of Mauna Kea. As celebrities like Native Hawaiian and “Aquaman” lead Jason Momoa join the ongoing demonstrations, Hawaiians are using the opportunity to ask similar questions to those astronomers hope to answer: Where did we come from? How did we get here? * SUBSCRIBE to NBC LEFT FIELD: http://nbcnews.to/2rAQzwx * Watch the latest from NBC LEFT FIELD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8tG3hlHcPg&list=PLmWVE4PP8w5Urph0JyLjmQInFXxtgOMBT What is NBC LEFT FIELD? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yh0j6zMWCI&list=PLmWVE4PP8w5UEOKp7cxAEqxNgaZ8EUSDs FOLLOW NBC LEFT FIELD: Facebook: http://nbcnews.to/2rACLSM Instagram: http://nbcnews.to/2rAsQwp Twitter: http://nbcnews.to/2rAsWUN VISIT OUR SITE: http://nbcleftfield.com Visual journalist Ali Withers __ ABOUT NBC LEFT FIELD: NBC Left Field is a new internationally-minded video troupe that makes short, creative documentaries and features specially designed for social media and set-top boxes. Our small team of cinematographers, journalists, animators and social media gurus aims to unearth stories and breathe creative life into current headlines. While pushing boundaries at home and abroad, NBC Left Field will also be serving as an experimental hub for NBC News style, treatment and audience engagement. #NBCLeftField
His Epic Message Will Make You Want to Save the World | Short Film Showcase
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His Epic Message Will Make You Want to Save the World | Short Film Showcase

As the human population continues to grow, so does our impact on the environment. In fact, recent research has shown that three-quarters of Earth’s land surface is under pressure from human activity. In this short film, spoken word artist Prince Ea makes a powerful case for protecting the planet and challenges the human race to create a sustainable future. Winner of the Film4Climate competition organized by the Connect4Climate Program of the World Bank (film4climate.net). ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Read more about the impact humans have on the environment: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/human-footprint-map-ecological-impact/ Three Seconds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sacc_x-XB1Y His Epic Message Will Make You Want to Save the World | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/B-nEYsyRlYo National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
Peace River Rising: The link between violence against Indigenous women and violence against the land
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Peace River Rising: The link between violence against Indigenous women and violence against the land

Helen Knott, a Dane-Zaa/Nehiyaw social worker, poet and activist, explores the connection between violence against Indigenous women and violence against the land. Helen takes us through the dramatic changes she’s witnessed in her home territory. Woodlands she explored as a child have disappeared to make way for pipelines and housing developments to accommodate the influx of transient workers. Contamination from industrial endeavors has turned traditional activities — like berry picking — into potential hazards. Helen explores the dangers of these industrial expansions, bringing to light the fact that Fort St. John, now primarily an oil and gas town, has a per capita crime rate that is nearly double that of Vancouver. On the streets of Fort St. John, Helen and a fellow lifetime resident reflect on the overwhelming ratio of men to women in their city: what was once a city of familiar faces is now overrun with strangers who have minimal personal attachment to the area. Helen shares personal stories about the violence she’s encountered and her beliefs about how important it is to give voice to these experiences. She leaves us with a deeper perspective into why she does the work she does — and her hopes for a new world. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/CBCSubscribe Subscribe: http://bit.ly/CBCSubscribe Watch CBC: http://bit.ly/CBCFullShows About CBC: Welcome to the official YouTube channel for CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster. CBC is dedicated to creating content with original voices that inspire and entertain. Watch sneak peeks and trailers, behind the scenes footage, original web series, digital-exclusives and more. Connect with CBC Online: Twitter: http://bit.ly/CBCTwitter Facebook: http://bit.ly/CBCFacebook Instagram: http://bit.ly/CBCInstagram Peace River Rising: an intimate view of the connection between violence against Indigenous women and violence against the land | Short Docs https://www.youtube.com/user/CBCTV