The Tongass National Forest is the world’s largest remaining temperate old growth rainforest, home to some of last healthy salmon runs on Earth. In 2016, after interviewing EarthJustice’s lead attorney, Tom Waldo, about the destruction of these precious forest ecosystems, Ayana Young felt called to take a stand for the Tongass. Assuming the ambitious role of a first time film director, producer and editor, Ayana led an all woman crew to Southeast Alaska to produce For The Wild’s first film, When Old Growth Ends. Emotional and heart wrenching, the film is a love story through the eyes of the salmon, the old-growth trees, the indigenous peoples who call the Tongass home, and a group of women with a passion for protecting wild places. The film will be premiering on Sunday, March 11th, at the annual Films for the Forest Competition at South By Southwest (SXSW). The film will also be featured at additional festivals throughout the year.
The For The Wild podcast address society’s impact on the natural world and paths to reimagining our relationship with it. For the past 4 years, For The Wild has released 68 episodes to date addressing the critical ideas of our time with today’s brightest environmental visionaries including: Winona LaDuke, Sylvia Earle, George Monbiot, Jill Stein and 350.org’s Bill McKibben.
This week, Ayana is joined by adrienne maree brown for a discussion on her latest book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, and how we can learn from the wisdom of nature to drive social movements.
Based in Detroit, adrienne facilitates social justice and black liberation through the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute and is on the teaching body of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and generative somatics.
For The Wild preserves Earth’s natural communities through land conservation, ecological restoration, bioregional coalitions, and native plant nurseries.