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Nnimmo Bassey on Niger Delta as Sacrifice Zone/88

Veronique de Viguerie “We thought it was oil, but it was blood” This week’s conversation is with Nnimmo Bassey, an inspirationally committed Nigerian activist, who is fighting the global petrol military complex to reveal the full ecological and human horrors of oil production. Nnimmo Bassey is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International and...

Steven Martyn on Letting Land Lead/87

Mark Hill Thanks for tuning in to our archived episodes! We loved sharing our staff favorites this past month that make our souls sing and enliven our relationship to this work. We listened in again to the wisdom of Robin Wall Kimmerer, Janine Benyus, Ron Finley, Stephen Harrod Buhner and Leah Penniman. This month we are excited to welcome back brand new weekly episodes, the first of which is Steven Martyn on Letting Land Lead. "We have interrupted an orchestra that is already in session....


Leah Penniman on Land Based Liberation/72(Encore)

H. Sultan Francesca here, Research Collaborator at For The Wild and this week’s encore episode is “Leah Penniman on Land Based Liberation." This conversation between Ayana and Leah is beyond inspiring, it confronts us with the harsh realities of injustice by two voices that simultaneously speak of healing, possibility, and reconciliation. We must acknowledge the current state of our food system; as of 2016 nearly 42 million people in this country are living in food insecure households, 85%...


Ron Finley on Cultivating The Garden of The Mind/79(Encore)

“All of us humans need the same thing. I ask the question around the world, what is the single most important thing to your life? People say, “love, god, kids, my wife, my cats,” but .000% say oxygen. What I am trying to do is to teach people how think differently about what we value. That’s what needs to be cultivated, the garden between our ears.”-- Ron Finley Molly here, Media Director of For The Wild. My episode encore is a recent one that premiered this May with “Ron Finley on...


Stephen Harrod Buhner on Plant Intelligence & The Imaginal Realm Part 2 /14 (Encore)

unknown This week’s encore episode opens up a plethora of curiosities around humanities' relationship to art, creation and mind altering substances. This week's show is an evergreen classic chosen by Research Director, Madison Magalski. Stephen Harrod Buhner is the earth speaking on behalf of themselves. He so beautifully and scientifically challenges us to give ourselves fully and humbly in our relationships with our more than human elders and kin, he asks us to walk our talk when it...


Janine Benyus on Redesigning Society Based on Nature/71 (Encore)

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...


Robin Wall Kimmerer on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing /35 (Encore)

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) 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...


Dune Lankard on The Day the Water Died/86

NOAA 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...


Favianna Rodriguez on Art & Migration Know No Borders/85

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...


Zayaan Khan on The Place of Sweet Waters Part 2/84

Reuters Media 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...


Zayaan Khan on The Place of Sweet Waters /83

unknown 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....


Stephen Jenkinson on Closing Time /82

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...


Adrienne Maree Brown on Emergent Strategy /68 (Rebroadcast)

Andrew Moore RE-BROADCAST EPISODE 68 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...


Jacinda Mack on The Planetary Cost of Luxury /81

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...


Tom Goldtooth on Climate Change Capitalism /80

More 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...


Ron Finley on Cultivating the Garden of the Mind /79

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....


Alexandra Morton on The Virulence of Farmed Salmon /78

More 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...


Ian McAllister on Ferocious Conservation for the Last Wild Wolves /77

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...


Ulrich Eichelmann on Saving The Blue Heart of Europe /76

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,...


Malik Yakini on a Food Sovereign Future in Detroit /75

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...