In 1974 Elaine was the first (and only) woman to lead the Black Panther Party. So what did the Black Panthers and Huey Johnson, an environmentalist, have in common? A lot, as we will learn in this interview between Huey and Elaine. Elaine shares the lessons she learned from Huey Johnson and how they have influenced her life's work. She explains her current project aimed to create opportunities for those with "extreme barriers to employment" such as former inmates, disabled people and others. Her passion and spirit should inspire us all.
A lifelong activist for wilderness, a wholesome environment, and peace and social justice, Michael Frome, at age 95, has stories to tell. A strong and principled journalist since the 1960s, he is one to tell the truth about our public lands and parks. He has always been passionate about telling stories about the management of federal public lands. His stories and reports have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He is also a prolific author of many books as well. Because of his outspoken views on the threats to public lands, he was fired from several jobs. However, he would not be silenced, he continued to report on topics such as clear cutting forests and the influence of logging, grazing, mining and hydropower threats to public lands.
When is a walk something special? When you "walk on your work", says Steve Costa. This video explains Steve's beginnings as community organizer and program manager with The Trust For Public Land. Steve's early work involved creating the very first land trusts and neighborhood parks and gardens in Oakland California.
Robert Garcia shares his story about The City Project, which he founded in Los Angeles in 2000. The City Project exists to build support for city parks as a civil rights issue for communities of color. The City Project is based on the idea that children in the inner cities deserve to have a safe, green, place to play. In order to appreciate nature, children must first experience it for themselves. Robert explains why this issue is important to him.
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.
How has land conservation changed over the decades? Will Rogers, the president and CEO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL) sees increasing pressures on land, including issues related to climate change. TPL is a nonprofit organization that works to connect people with nature and believes that a livable city is one that allows people to live within a 10 minute walk to a park. What will it take to solve some of the challenges in conservation today? How will we come up with solutions? How have politics and environment changed? Hear how TPL has adapted to the changes in conservation and is still on the cutting edge to connect people with nature.