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The Power of Place

"Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there." -Gary Snyder By the age of twenty-five, I found myself having lived in five towns with populations under a thousand and having worked in and fallen in love with many more. While some may see my choice to spend my time in …

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From Tributary to Mouth: Reflections on people, place, and the space between

“Knowing where and who are intimately linked” - Gary Snyder For the past ten years, Thanksgiving has been marked by various modes of traipsing across the country, finding my way back to my hometown of Durham, North Carolina. From Rhode Island to Montana to Virginia to Tennessee, while the route of migration may differ, the …

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Changing the Conservation Conversation by Learning to Listen

Soon after my 22nd birthday, I made the decision to move to a town of under 200 people in the Central Sierra of California. My boss warned me before the cross-country move, “They may not like you,” continuing with, “And they sure as hell won’t trust you.” I understood his forewarning- for a community that …

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Grappling With Our Compromised Sanctuaries

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.” - John Muir During my time as a grad student in Virginia, much of my salvation from the long hours of research and writing came through trail running. Hour after hour, I would weave through the …

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Finding Hope in our Human Cartography

“Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I …

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Standing Staunchly Between Commitment and Consensus: The Case of the Green New Deal

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder for consensus.”- MLK Jr.  Just over a week ago the Senate voted on the Green New Deal, an open-ended, yet highly ambitious plan for addressing climate change and economic inequality. While the proposal was not voted for by a single Senator (57-0, 43 …

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