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HOW ONE WOMAN AND HER NONPROFIT ARE SAVING OUR FORESTS

goop: Article / SEP 05, 2018

Think of it as the most unlikely result of Occupy Wall Street: the creation of an environmental nonprofit called For the Wild. It was 2011, and Ayana Young, then a Columbia University ecology student, was feeling “empty, a cumulative sense that something just wasn’t right.” Young was overwhelmed by the earth’s disintegrating health—the climate chaos, the mountains of trash, the mass extinction—but felt like she had no way of voicing it. That’s when she saw the protestors in Zuccotti Park. “They put a vocabulary to what I was feeling,” she says. “I was finally in a community that was talking about the things that I was struggling with for so long.”

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