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EPISODE 17 - Activist Toolkit: Public Lands & Climate with Chase Huntley

FEELING LIKE WE ARE IN A BIND WITH CURRENT PUBLIC LANDS POLICY? WELL, THERE MAY STILL BE HOPE AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. WE BRING YOU ANOTHER ACTIVIST TOOLKIT EPISODE FOR YOUR EDIFICATION: A CONVERSATION ON THE CLIMATE OF PUBLIC LANDS POLICY.

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About a year ago, president Trump shrank two national monuments in Utah by nearly 2 million acres with the simple stroke of a pen. As he stood before the crowd in Salt Lake City, Trump said he was taking power away from “very distant bureaucrats.”

But who was he giving power to?
If the land was indeed public, why did it appear as though the public opinion was ignored?
How does this public land leasing system work?
Is the system equitable or is it a fixed game?

Today, activist and Patagonia ambassador Luke Nelson joins me as we ask Chase Huntley of the Wilderness Society these questions and more. We wanted to do a deep dive on how we’ve gotten to this place, and if there is any hope that we can still serve to preserve our public space.

As Energy & Climate Program Director, for the Wilderness Society in Washington DC, Chase works with staff in the public policy and public lands departments to develop and evaluate policy options for sustainably managing energy production on the nation’s public lands in the face of global warming. Chase has significant policy analysis experience, including more than six years’ service at the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, evaluating the stewardship of public resources and the implementation of natural resource law and regulation. He holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan with a focus on resource policy and ecosystem management, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College in Government and Philosophy. Most importantly he’s a kind guy with a brilliant mind and was a true pleasure to connect with again.

more info:
www.wilderness.org

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EPISODE 16 - Activist Toolkit - Vote the Outdoors

ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT WHERE OUR COUNTRY IS HEADING? DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START? THIS ELECTION IS A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN. WE JUST PUT THIS VOTERS EDITION TOGETHER TO MOTIVATE YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE RESPONDING TO THE ISSUES WE FACE. THESE ARE THE INFLUENTIAL ACTIVISTS URGING US TO SHOW UP TO THE POLLS, EDUCATING US ON HOW OUR VOTE CAN HELP SAVE THE PLANET, AND PUTTING PEOPLE IN OFFICE WHO WILL HELP US PROTECT IT.

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Are you worried about where our country is heading? Do you want to make a difference but aren’t sure where to start? This election is a great place to begin.

We just put this Voters edition together to motivate you to learn more about the companies and organizations that are responding to the issues we face. These are the influential activists urging us to show up to the polls, educating us on how our vote can help save the planet, and putting people in office who will help us protect it.

Tune in to be inspired and educated by some of the most powerful voices in support of our environment in the upcoming election. We’ll chat with:

Chase Huntley, of the Climate and Energy program at the Wilderness Society
Corley Kenna, Senior Director of Communications at Patagonia
Alex Boian, VP of government affairs at the Outdoor Industry Association
Lindsay Bourgoine, manager of Advocacy and Campaigns at Protect Our Winters,
Ahmed Gaya, field director for 1631, the initiative in Washington state that’s on the brink of radically changing the way we consume carbon.

We know you, like us, love the adventures we’ve had here on this planet. We also know you need some positive news about the upcoming election to get you motivated. We hope these guests and this podcast does just that for you. Its almost time for the votes to be counted, and we want to make sure that yours is one of them.

Elections matter and it is critical you get involved and vote on outdoor issues.
We are on the verge of a dawn for a new day. Let’s not miss our chance!

more info:
www.wilderness.org
www. patagonia.com
https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/scorecard
powactionfund.org
https://yeson1631.org/

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This episode is for you if you are a runner, endurance athlete, an adventurer, a father, an activist or just someone trying to find balance amongst all your passions in life.

to learn more about Luke:
http://challengeofbalance.com/

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EPISODE 15 - Luke Nelson - Running in Balance

A CONVERSATION WITH ENDURANCE ATHLETE, ACTIVIST AND PATAGONIA AMBASSADOR, LUKE NELSON. LUKE HAS FOUND MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO ENJOY THE WILD PLACES OVER THE SPAN OF HIS LIFE. AS A TRAIL RUNNING AMBASSADOR FOR PATAGONIA, HE CHANNELS HIS ATHLETICISM INTO RUNNING EXPLOITS AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY WE’LL RECAP HIS LATEST RACE AND DIVE INTO THE DEEP END OF THE PAIN CAVE AND TALK TOOLS OF RESILIENCE. FROM THERE WE’LL PUSH A LITTLE DEEPER AND TALK FINDING INSPIRATION AND BALANCE IN HIS ROLES OF ATHLETE, FATHER, HUSBAND, PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT, AND NOW A PASSIONATE ACTIVIST. IN THIS EPISODE, WE’LL TAKE YOU FROM THE HIGH SUMMITS OF THE ALPS, DOWN TO THE WILD RIVERS OF IDAHO, AND INTO A PRISTINE CORNER OF PATAGONIA.

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Welcome to a conversation with endurance athlete, activist and Patagonia ambassador, Luke Nelson. Like many of the athletes featured in this podcast, Luke has found many different ways to enjoy the wild places over the span of his life. These days, as a trail running ambassador for Patagonia, he channels his athleticism into trail running exploits all around the world. Today we’ll recap his latest race and dive into the deep end of the pain cave and talk tools of resilience. from there we’ll push a little deeper and talk finding inspiration and balance in his roles of athlete, father, husband, physicians assistant, and now a passionate activist. In this episode, we’ll take you from the high summits of the Alps, down to the wild rivers of Idaho, and into a pristine corner of Patagonia. Hope you enjoy!

This episode is for you if you are a runner, endurance athlete, an adventurer, a father, an activist or just someone trying to find balance amongst all your passions in life.

to learn more about Luke:
http://challengeofbalance.com/

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EPISODE 14 - ADVENTURE DISPATCH - JUNEAU ICEFIELD RESEARCH PROGRAM

THE JUNEAU ICEFIELD RESEARCH PROGRAM IS AN EIGHT-WEEK IMMERSION CLASSROOM IN THE WILDERNESS OF THE JUNEAU ICEFIELD, DURING WHICH PARTICIPANTS (UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE, AND HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS) TRAVERSE FROM JUNEAU, ALASKA TO ATLIN, BRITISH COLUMBIA. THE JUNEAU ICEFIELD COVERS AN AREA THE SIZE OF RHODE ISLAND, AND INCLUDES SOME 50 OUTLET GLACIERS. IN THIS WILD CLASSROOM, STUDENTS ARE GUIDED BY FACULTY MENTORS AND IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN A NUMBER OF PROJECTS INVESTIGATING ICE MASS, GLACIER MOVEMENT, CLIMATIC CHANGES , BUT ALSO LEARN THE ART OF COMMUNICATING SCIENCE TO THE MASSES. IT’S A PLACE AND A CLASSROOM UNLIKE ANY OTHER YOU’VE SEEN.

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The Juneau Icefield Research Program is an eight-week immersion classroom in the wilderness of the Juneau Icefield, during which participants (undergraduate, graduate, and high school juniors and seniors) traverse from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia. The Juneau Icefield covers an area the size of Rhode Island, and includes some 50 outlet glaciers. In this wild classroom, students are guided by faculty mentors and immerse themselves in a number of projects investigating ice mass, glacier movement, climatic changes , but also learn the art of communicating science to the masses. It’s a place and a classroom unlike any other you’ve seen.

Here at the adventure activist, we believe in the transformative nature of exploration. It struck me in my time away, hearing the excitement in the student’s voices and watching their wide eyes take in the vast expanse of ice for the first time, that adventure is also a potent fuel, something that can stoke the fire for learning about a place and understanding our world. I think you’ll find in the voices ahead that this experience strikes an emotional chord in the students and faculty that resonates into their lives ahead. I hope it resonates with you.

To learn more about the Juneau Icefield Research Program: http://juneauicefield.org/

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Episode 13 - How to Perform A Needs Assessment with Pia Saengswang Moffatt

HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN IN LOVE WITH PLACE AND PEOPLE WHILE TRAVELING AND FELT COMPELLED TO GIVE BACK- BUT DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO START? OR HAD AN IDEA TO DO SOMETHING AT HOME, BUT WERE AFRAID YOUR IDEA MAY NOT TRANSLATE INTO SOMETHING THAT WOULD SERVE THOSE MEMBERS OF YOUR COMMUNITY? MAYBE GIVING BACK ISN’T ON YOUR RADAR SCREEN QUITE YET, BUT KEEP THIS PODCAST IN MIND WHEN YOU ARE READY BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME REAL VALUABLE INSIGHTS IN HERE.

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A needs assessment is the foundation for effective, long lasting, positive impact with your future projects. We will discuss how to perform a needs assessment in today’s episode.

In the first episode of the Adventure Activist I sat down with Conrad Anker and Jenni Lowe Anker to hear about the legacy of Alex Lowe and the mission of the Khumbu Climbing Center. After that conversation I was honored to be asked by Jenni to travel to Nepal, help with the program, and investigate how their foundation could best support healthcare in the village of Phortse.

To help address that mission, I reached out to friend and Adventure Activist board member Pia Saengswang Moffit.

Building off her foundation as a public interest law fellow at Harvard Law school, Pia has over 25 years of experience within the non-profit and private sectors. She has a special focus on venture philanthropy, education policy, social entrepreneurship, non- profit management and film. In the early 1990’s, Pia helped launch the first social entrepreneur-focused venture philanthropy fund in the United States – The Echoing Green Foundation (EGF) – with leading NYC-based venture capital firm General Atlantic Partners. EGF has funded 300+ non-profit start-ups worldwide in the environment, education, public health, and youth service. As an independent strategy consultant with a focus on education, non-profit and social change initiatives, Pia’s long-term clients have included: The Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The College Board, Inc., and The Prudential Foundation. In addition, Pia has produced documentary films and public education campaigns for the J.Paul Getty Trust, the Getty Conservation and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Using the context of my upcoming trip to Nepal last winter, Pia and I caught up on a cold January day so I could pick up some pearls from her expertise.

You will learn:
What a Needs Assessment is
Who should be involved
How to develop your questions
How to cultivate stakeholders for your idea
. . and more!

To learn more about Pia and her projects: www.thunderdragonfund.org

Sign up for our newsletter to get an outline of this toolkit episode: www.theadventureactivist.org

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Episode 12 - rc cone - tributaries

RC CONE TOOK HIS MIDWEST ROOTS TO MONTANA AT 18 . . . FOUND RIVERS AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. TAKING A DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND A CONCENTRATION IN PHOTOJOURNALISM HE SOUGHT TO SHARE THE IMPACT THE WEST HAD ON HIM BUT DISCOVERED IN THE STORIES THAT HE UNVEILED, THE TRUE BEAUTY LIES IN THE PEOPLES’ CONNECTION TO THE OUTDOOR WORLD. THAT TASK HAS TAKEN HIM TO RIVERS AROUND THE WORLD, TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO CHERISH AND DEFEND THE TRIBUTARIES THAT CONNECT US ALL IN THE END.

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RC Cone took his midwest roots to Montana at 18 . . . found rivers and never looked back. Taking a degree in environmental studies and a concentration in photojournalism he sought to share the impact the west had on him but discovered in the stories that he unveiled, the true beauty lies in the peoples’ connection to the outdoor world. That task has taken him to rivers around the world, talking to people who cherish and defend the tributaries that connect us all in the end.

We will hear the story of the good people of the paradise river valley in Montana bound together in their fight for the Yellowstone River. RC invites us to join a third generation Paradise Valley Montanan, BBQ and bakery owners freshly transplanted from Georgia, a lodge owner, a naturalist, a fly fishing guide, a sitting U.S. senator, and an iconic musician as they come together to protect the Yellowstone River ecosystem from a proposed gold mine. In the end, we finish with the curious but inspirational predicament of a miner finding his path in protecting his sacred refuge.

To learn more about the fight for the Yellowstone:
https://www.lastcallyellowstone.com/

To learn more about RC’s work:
https://tributariesdigitalcinema.com/

Thanks to our partners at the Wilderness Society
www.wilderness.org

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Episode 11 - Steve Boyer - the Modest Mentor

IN HIS WORK AS A PHYSICIAN, GEOLOGIST, AND PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAINEER, STEVE HAS TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY ON EVERY CONTINENT. HE’S PARTICIPATED ON EIGHT HIMALAYAN AND FOUR POLAR EXPEDITIONS AND BROUGHT HIS SKILL AS AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN TO K2, ANNAPURNA, AND EVEREST. IN TIMES OF CRISIS, STEVE HAS RESPONDED TO DARFUR AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND MOST RECENTLY HAS PARTNERED TO HELP BUILD SCHOOLS IN AFGHANISTAN.

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In his work as a physician, geologist, and professional mountaineer, Steve has traveled extensively on every continent. He’s participated on eight Himalayan and four polar expeditions and brought his skill as an emergency physician to K2, Annapurna, and Everest. In times of crisis, Steve has responded to Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo and most recently has partnered to help build schools in Afghanistan.

Steve has had a remarkable life and we cover a lot of ground in this episode, challenge some notions you may have of the Taliban, and finish with some interesting reflections on preparation, opportunity, the value of embracing risk

To learn more about Steve’s work in Afghanistan:
http://www.greenvillageschools.com/

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Episode 10 - Voices of 5Point Film Festival - the Power of Story

IN 2007 JULIE KENNEDY APPROACHED OUTDOOR ICON YVON CHOUINARD AND PITCHED AN IDEA FOR AN ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL BUILT AROUND THE POWER OF STORY. A DECADE LATER, THE 5 POINT FILM FESTIVAL DOESN’T JUST SHARE ADVENTURE STORIES BUT EMPOWERS PARTICIPANTS THROUGH FILM, WORKSHOPS, PANELS, AND SEMINARS TO LIVE A LIFE ALIGNED WITH ITS FOUNDATIONAL FIVE POINTS: COMMITMENT, RESPECT, HUMILITY, PURPOSE, BALANCE.

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The good people at 5 point have a vision to develop a network of educated and engaged communities inspired by story to take action in their lives . . .to give back . . so to honor that we bring you interviews with those who are inspired by the festival and taking action in their lives.

We’ll hear from:
1. Educator and watershed activist, Sarah Johnson
https://www.wildroseeducation.com/

2. Wilderness society marketing director Lulu Gephart
https://wilderness.org/

3. Natives Outdoors founder, Len Necefer
https://www.natives-outdoors.org/

4. Bub and Hal from the Winter Wildlands Alliance
https://winterwildlands.org/

5. Professional photographer Carl Zoch
http://carlzoch.com/

6. 5point dream award winner, Chloe Gonzales.

photo credit: Carl Zoch

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Episode 9 - Mike and Lilliana Libecki - Family Footsteps

“IN A WORLD WHERE WE CAN BE AND DO ANYTHING, BE KIND AND DO GOOD”. THIS IS THE POIGNANT, PURPOSE-DRIVEN MOTTO OF OUR AMAZING GUEST LILI LIBECKI. AT JUST 14 YEARS OLD SHE HAS CLIMBED A PEAK ON EVERY CONTINENT, AND WITH EVERY EXPEDITION, SHE HAS GIVEN BACK TO THE PEOPLE AND PLACES SHE VISITS. HER MISSION IS EMBODIED IN HER OWN NONPROFIT, THE JOYINEERING FUND. IF IT SOUNDS LIKE JOY AND ADVENTURE ARE IN HER DNA LOOK NO FARTHER THAN HER FATHER TO UNDERSTAND WHY.

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Mike Libecki has a passion to seek and explore the remote, the untouched and unexplored corners of the earth. his specialty craft of planning and executing first ascents all over the globe has led to exploring diverse ecosystems: from the polar arctic to the south pacific. he’s seen nearly 100 countries, climbed on every continent, and has been honored as a national geographic explorer of the year

In the hour ahead we talk about their path: starting from a love of saying yes to adventure together to their natural instincts to give back in gratitude to the places they go. in our conversation we visit Antarctica, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania. We visit schools orphanages and we hear about their work: the gifts of solar power, of light, of computers, of education. how it all has left a lasting impact on the places they’ve been and on their own calling in life.

This is a podcast for those with an insatiable spirit for exploration for fathers, and their daughters, . . . and really for anyone who wants be witness an impassioned call to action. Get ready, you are going to be inspired to do some good in the world with your passion for adventure.

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Episode 8 - May waters run: hayley stuart

HAYLEY DEVELOPED A PASSION FOR RIVERS AS A WHITEWATER KAYAKER AT THE AGE OF SIXTEEN. KAYAKING IN THREE CONTINENTS EXPOSED HER TO THE SOBERING REALITIES OF MEGA-HYDROELECTRIC PROJECTS AND THEIR IMPACTS ON PEOPLE AND ECOSYSTEMS.

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Inspired by the communities who campaigned against the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project in Chile, Hayley subsequently pursued studies in Environmental Science, Spanish, and Anthropology at the University of Denver. Her thesis focused on the impact of social and environmental campaigns on Chile’s hydro-development. Hayley has worked throughout Latin America with local communities and environmental campaign leaders to address and document the threats posed by mega-dams in an increasingly globalized and power-hungry world. Using film to create awareness, her videos are currently used in graduate and undergraduate Environmental Science classes. Her insights were recently featured on TEDx.

In the hour ahead we talk about her path: starting from a love of running rivers to developing a curiosity about the impact of dams not only on rivers but also the land and its people. in our conversation, we visit Uganda, Bolivia, and Chile and recount some of the stories she would tell in her studies and films.

We expand on her plans to embark on another important project in Bolivia and in the end, she provides some insightful reflections and advice from her life so far running some of the biggest water in the world.

WHAT YOU WILL HEAR:

  • Hayley recounts her latest journey to Uganda and having to say goodbye to rapids on the White Nile
  • We talk about her 2014 Chile thesis project on hydroelectric power and its impact on local villages
  • Her first insights on the debatable benefit of renewable energy through hydroelectric dams
  • How she was inspired to study environmental science
  • She elaborates on the unintended consequences of hydroelectric projects
  • Hayley shares how she feels is her best way to respond to the issue both as an advocate and activist.
  • She introduces her latest Film and advocacy project in Madidi National Park, Bolivia
  • She finishes reviewing other opportunities with her platform as female athlete and shares her perspective of the importance of pushing past perceived limits

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