Founder of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Huey Johnson, interviews Will Rogers, president and CEO of TPL, about his role in land conservation, his passion for bee keeping and his natural leadership skills. Will shares why parks in the urban environment are so essential to urban living and how TPL helps to create these critical urban open spaces. Will shares his thoughts about leadership and risk taking within the context of land conservation.
Have you heard of Copper River salmon? What about the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 24, 1989? This massive oil spill off the shore of Cordova, Alaska horrified local fisherman and devastated the community when the Prince William Sound fishery stocks collapsed. Without fish, the economic base of the community was destroyed. Riki Ott shares her story about how she mobilized the community to help in the recovery, and how her experience awakened the need to make corporations more responsible for their actions.
Bart Koehler is a wilderness conservation expert and served as the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) for two terms. He has been involved in saving large tracts of wilderness in many states. Bart has been credited by SEACC for saving more than 8 million acres across the United States. In this video, Bart shares his knowledge about Alaska wilderness and the importance of grassroots campaigns.
What are we missing? Susie O'Keeffe, a Research Associate and Adjunct at the College of the Atlantic, explains how our sense of separation from the natural world is a delusion that can be transcended through prolonged contact with the natural world. Susie shares her exploration of how human consciousness is broadened and transformed when we take the time to be outdoors, be quiet, and join the natural world as member rather than master. She discusses her conviction that the long-term protection of wilderness, and the creation of healthy individuals and sustainable cultures, depends on helping young people develop this deeper level of awareness.
Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff, an Aleut elder from the Bering Sea's Pribilof Islands shares his wisdom about the importance of our relationships with ourselves, our spirituality, and how our thoughts and actions matter in our relationship to nature. Are we listening?