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Dr. Chad Hanson on The Myths & Misinformation of Wildland Fires/97

NASA In the past several days we have bore witness to three separate fires; the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill, rage across both northern and southern California. As the death toll has currently risen to fifty, hundreds remain missing, and over a quarter of a million Californians have been forced to evacuate – it is hard to think of any other words to describe this event other than disaster or tragedy. We begin this week by offering our hearts to all the people who are impacted by these...


Reverand M. Kalani Souza on Personal Preparedness in Advance/96

U.S. Geological Survey The Hawaiian Islands, like so many of our planetary coastal communities, are at the forefront of rising waters, diminishing trade winds, and climate chaos. As we face the continuation and intensification of natural processes, it is easy, and quite frankly lazy, to fall into pits of despair and pessimism, both of which are an insult to the imagination. We must remind ourselves and each other that change is both possible and necessary at this precise moment in time. We...


Queen Quet on The Survival of Sea Island Wisdom/95

Pete Marovich The Anthropocene tells the story of compounding injustice, towards people and planet. It tells the story of growth for growth’s sake, living beyond boundaries sacredly assigned to us by our Mother. This week we are honored to be in dialogue with Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, who is striving for justice on the front lines of the most pressing Anthropocentric intersections: climate change, resource extraction, corrupt and negligent...


Kevin Schneider on Legal Liberation for More Than Human Kin/94

Jo-Anne McArthur How often do we zoom out to take collective responsibility for our impact as a human species on the voiceless nonhumans? What is constantly being sacrificed in exchange for our leisure, our luxury, our consumption? The inherent abuses of capitalism and the supremacist mindset do not value life. A stark reality that a corporation has rights in the court, while animals have the same rights as a car or a couch. This is the core of our insentience and our inanimacy which merit...

Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas on Orangutan Refugees in Their Own Land/93

World Wildlife Fund Palm oil has become the second-most important oil after petroleum, and 85% of all produced and exported palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia, making them the largest producers of palm oil worldwide. According to The Nature Conservancy, forest loss, largely for palm oil concessions, in Indonesia has contributed to the death of nearly 3,000 orangutans a year over the past three decades. At our current rate of destruction, It is predicted that orangutans will face...


Ben Goldfarb on Beaver's Complex Inter-Weavings/92

Jeff Hunter Ben Goldfarb on Beaver's Complex Inter-Weavings To continue our theme month of More Than Human Kin, we focus in on a rodent kin who since time immemorial has maintained a role as one keystone species within our beloved Turtle Island: The Beaver. In 1620, pre-colonization, there were an estimated 400 million beavers roaming and shaping Turtle Island. Most of us have forgotten, or maybe never knew, that we live on a land stewarded and engineered by the tireless workings of...

Kurt Russo on The People Under The Sea/91

Terrell C. Newby, Ph.D. It feels only right that we begin our “more-than-human” themed month of October in honor of the mother Orca, Tahlequah, who carried her dead calf on a “tour of grief” for more than a 1,000 miles over a 17-day period. It is a profound reminder that we share our place and experience with other beings that bear memory, whose capacity for love and loss mirror our own. It also highlights the uncertainty of the Southern Resident Orca's livelihood, and quite frankly the...


Elizabeth Fournier on A Green Afterlife/90

unknown Our fear of death and our obsession with legacy has informed much of the dominant culture’s relationship to development, endless growth and ultimately, environmental collapse. The reality of our existence is each of us will die. We have 9 billion bodies on this planet, more living people than ever before, and where do our bodies go when we take our last breath? Our death industry has reached peak toxicity making the business a true economic and ecological monster. As reported by...


Heather Milton-Lightening on Reframing Direct Action/89

Emily Arasim This is a beautiful conversation about collective memory, power and strategy regarding the climate change movement. Heather Milton-Lightening has seventeen years of organizing experience from local issues to international campaigns. Heather was a founding member of Native Youth Movement and has supported the national Native youth network that supported Native youth organizing across the US and Canada with the Indigenous Environmental Network From funding board participation on...


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....