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Next to the River
Next to the River
Next to the River

For 16-year-old Bosnian Ali Sarajlić, living without the free-flowing Neretvica River is unimaginable. That’s why he has joined, and in many ways led, the continuing fight against damming it.

Molly Baker
5 min Read
Undeniable
Undeniable
Undeniable

John Murray’s lifelong work to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine from oil and gas drilling.

Cassidy Randall
13 min Read
A Swamp and 60 Feet
A Swamp and 60 Feet
A Swamp and 60 Feet

An unlikely community, in the most unlikely location, has become an even more unlikely force for public lands conservation.

Sakeus Bankson
10 min Read
Overburden
Overburden
Overburden

Coal built this ski town. Can the locals keep skiing without it?

Dave Quinn
9 min Read
A Letter from 2030
A Letter from 2030
A Letter from 2030

The next nine years will be a time of resilience, rebuilding and reinvention.

Yessenia Funes
8 min Read
Vjosa Forever
Vjosa Forever
Vjosa Forever

Protect Europe’s Wild Rivers

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Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep

Sheep (and their poop) could help California’s climate-driven wildfires. One couple is ushering in this idea with a small flock and some supportive fire departments.

Esha Chhabra
6 min Read
Green Reconstruction
Green Reconstruction
Green Reconstruction

Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese communities are turning toward citizen-led renewable power.

Tetsunari Iida
7 min Read
Black Bears, Black Liberation
Black Bears, Black Liberation
Black Bears, Black Liberation

A wildlife biologist uncovers an unexpected, intersectional legacy of slavery.

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant
8 min Read
In Memory of Barry Lopez
In Memory of Barry Lopez
In Memory of Barry Lopez

In one of the last interviews he gave before he passed away, the writer and conservationist shares his reflections on the past, and the work still to do.

Malcolm Johnson
12 min Read
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River

50th Anniversary Wild And Scenic Rivers Act

8 min Read
Activists Want Fashion to Change
Activists Want Fashion to Change
Activists Want Fashion to Change

Climate and social justice activists are pushing the clothing industry to take better care of people and the planet.

Archana Ram
6 min Read
The Energy Revolution Starts at Home
The Energy Revolution Starts at Home
The Energy Revolution Starts at Home

In 1991 Dirk Vansintjan co-founded Ecopower, a Belgian renewable energy cooperative that now has more than 60,000 members. He has advice on how communities can achieve energy democracy.

Mădălina Preda
7 min Read
One Year Since Australia’s Black Summer
One Year Since Australia’s Black Summer
One Year Since Australia’s Black Summer

Photographer Paolo Pellegrin captured the aftermath of the wildfires that burned through Australia in 2019.

Sean Doherty
3 min Read
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys

A dead-end dirt road is the start to a new challenge—and a fight to protect South America’s Yosemite.

Felipe Cancino
6 min Read
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash

One woman’s decades-long fight for clean air and environmental justice.

Andrew O’Reilly
10 min Read
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love

Marie-France Roy on speaking up for our home planet.

Colin Wiseman
6 min Read
The Resonance of Stone
The Resonance of Stone
The Resonance of Stone

“Castleton Tower has a pulse. We have a pulse. The Earth has a pulse.”

Terry Tempest Williams
1 min Read
We’ve Got The Energy
We’ve Got The Energy
We’ve Got The Energy

The ups and downs of bringing power to the people in the Chamonix Valley.

Zoe Hart
8 min Read
Public Enemies
Public Enemies
Public Enemies

Climate policy expert Leah Stokes on how fossil fuel interests undermine American climate policy, and what you can do to stop it.

Mădălina Preda
9 min Read
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?

Snow lovers and professional athletes are mobilizing to elect climate leaders.

Maia Wikler
6 min Read
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots

If we continue trying to save the world one species at a time we will fail; it is time to redefine our relationship with nature so that we save all of nature.

Doug Chadwick
9 min Read
Hell Yeah, Your Vote Counts
Hell Yeah, Your Vote Counts
Hell Yeah, Your Vote Counts

A reminder of why voting is essential to the protection of our public lands.

Patrick Shea
3 min Read
Indigenous Management Revives and Protects Public Lands
Indigenous Management Revives and Protects Public Lands
Indigenous Management Revives and Protects Public Lands

Karen Diver of the Fond du Lac Band on how protecting lands and waters can provide solutions to climate change.

Wudan Yan
8 min Read
Our Acknowledgment
Our Acknowledgment
Our Acknowledgment

We’re learning how to become an antiracist company.

Patagonia
2 min Read
Where the Work Gets Done
Where the Work Gets Done
Where the Work Gets Done

Thoughts on activism from a year of filming Public Trust.

Jeremy Hunter Rubingh
17 min Read
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up

Melinda Daniels is huddled under the shelter of her purple tent waiting for the rain to start, which only seems odd when you consider the context: she’s in the middle of a farm on a blindingly sunny day.

Johnie Gall
8 min Read
Taking Back Puget Sound
Taking Back Puget Sound
Taking Back Puget Sound

A bold plan to kick net-pen salmon farms out for good.

Dylan Tomine
7 min Read
What Are Public Lands Good For?
What Are Public Lands Good For?
What Are Public Lands Good For?

Our public lands have tremendous value beyond the extractive. Here's a refresh on why they're worth protecting.

Jeff McElroy
4 min Read
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You

BIKE Magazine contributing editor Michael Ferrentino on our perceived right to ride wherever we want.

Michael Ferrentino
6 min Read
What One Small Farm Can Teach Us About Our Broken Food System
What One Small Farm Can Teach Us About Our Broken Food System
What One Small Farm Can Teach Us About Our Broken Food System

In 2008, two little-known farmers, Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer, decided to embrace the principles of permaculture. 12 years later, the success and lessons of Bec Hellouin Farm spark a movement in Europe.

Lionel Astruc
5 min Read
Red Lake, Green Future
Red Lake, Green Future
Red Lake, Green Future

The case for Indigenous-led land management.

Nick Martin
10 min Read
30 by 30: A Bold Vision to Save the Natural World
30 by 30: A Bold Vision to Save the Natural World
30 by 30: A Bold Vision to Save the Natural World

“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’” —Rachel Carson.

Senator Tom Udall
5 min Read
From Assignment to Ally
From Assignment to Ally
From Assignment to Ally

A photographer learns what it means to be an ally while on assignment on Gwich’in lands.

7 min Read
The Threshold
The Threshold
The Threshold

To save our home planet we must fall in love with it. What’s holding us back?

Alejandra Oliva
7 min Read
The Revolution Will Not Be Muted
The Revolution Will Not Be Muted
The Revolution Will Not Be Muted

“This whole process of virtual public hearings during a global crisis is an injustice to my community.”

Mădălina Preda
9 min Read
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