An Anthology of the Anthropocene.

 

OUR
TEAM

 

Founder, Executive Director, Podcast Host

Ayana Young

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Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In the summer of 2016 she lead a delegation of women to the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska to spend time with the forest and learn from the local people to collaborate on a strategy to stop old growth logging. The Tongass film and campaign will launch in 2017.

Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America.

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Business Development, Media, Partnerships

Melanie Younger

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Melanie has had special relationship with nature all of her life. She spent most of her childhood roaming the acreage of her grandfather’s pioneer-era farm in the Ottawa Valley in Eastern Ontario, Canada. She has always felt a deep kinship with plants, animals and the land that grew her. While her first career was in the arts, yoga and alternative medicine, in recent years Melanie’s work has shifted focus towards justice and advocacy work. Melanie has experience working in restorative justice, and as a lobbyist in both the Canadian and American contexts around legislation related to environment, animal protection, religious freedoms and human rights. Her academic work includes research used to develop a graduate level program in conflict resolution, creation of a victim-impact and mindfulness skills training program for incarcerated women in Canada, as well research for publication in the U Penn Journal of International Law and the Religion, State and Society Journal. She is recent graduate of Carleton University's Department of Law and is currently co-editing a book about intersectional feminism, environmentalism and the law, entitled, “Environmental Activism and the Maternal: Mothers and Mother Earth in Activism and Discourse.” Melanie is also an accomplished visual, digital and performance artist and an aspiring cellist.

 
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Podcast Production & Editing

Andrew Storrs

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Andrew, documentary filmmaker, artist, video/sound editor & producer, has worked since an early age on community-oriented American arts. Spanning the nation as a former band member in numerous musical acts from the East Coast, touring & recording, now in his 8th year as a practicing Filmmaker, his focus on the preservation of Cultural Equity producing Documentary shorts; series for television, films at home & abroad has brought him in close contact with an essence of humanity that he strives to share in his work. Drawn to environmental activism & education at this critical moment in our planet's history. He lives in the Joshua Tree area of California & is an avid bird & plant enthusiast.

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Podcast Music

Carter Lou McElroy

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Carter grew up amongst the wilds of Texan Hill Country, where she first discovered a close connection & deep admiration for the natural world along with the rhythms of its sweet music. After spending the majority of her youth in this region, she felt a call from The North that lead her to one of the most urban communities we have on Earth: New York City! She found her footing almost immediately working in a boutique PR & Marketing agency called Girlie Action Media, and is now in her 8th year of work with the company.

Alongside her marketing projects– she writes her own music, poetry, and uses any spare time between to connect her urban neighbors to the importance of sustainable living & eco-education within the constructs of an environment suffocating in its over-development.

Carter Lou is also in the process of developing For The Wild's Collegiate Ambassador Program: where we will connect students to the importance of our projects & urgency in the need to re-develop our workforce to support sustainable ideals.

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Podcast Research, Scriptwriting, Outreach

Francesca Glaspell

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Francesca resides in the high deserts of New Mexico, her place of birth and where she is always drawn back. She holds a degree in American Studies with concentrations in Southwest Cultural Studies and Critical Environmental Studies from the University of New Mexico. Throughout her academic career she felt called to address the silent and persisting traumas interwoven into society. In her research she is committed to including a multitude of voices, while staying devoted to narratives of love and justice. Francesca is called back to the arts, storytelling, cultural advocacy, and creative expressions as gateways to consciousness. She intends to continue her education while dedicating herself to living in communion with Earth and stretching her awareness between past, present, and future. She is currently relearning ancestral knowledge from her Andean roots, in order to implement practices that provide reciprocal, respectful, and regenerative relationships with one another, the environment, and ourselves.

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Digital Community Organizing

Eryn Wise

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Eryn, Jicarilla Apache and Laguna Pueblo, is a word weaver, lens changer, and most importantly - a fierce and devoted defender. As a samakuu (daughter) to many, she has found herself committed to amplifying issues across Turtle Island. From the Gold King Mine disaster to Oak Flat, Greater Chaco to the Great Sand Dunes, Standing Rock to Line 3, and Sabal Trail to Six Nations, Eryn has taken her passion for storytelling and indigenous media curation to each frontline she’s been invited to.

As the current Youth Voice Amplifier at Seeding Sovereignty, she aims to put media tools in the hands of young people of color wishing to take charge of the narratives surrounding their personal journeys, indigenous landscapes, and traditions. She volunteers as the Youth Director for the International Indigenous Youth Council, which is comprised of young movement leaders from across Turtle Island who helped to lead the indigenous occupation of treaty territories and waterways in Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Eryn is most passionate about young people and plants, and tries to spend her free time surrounded by both. Ensuring a future, and a living, sustainable environment for generations to come is a duty and responsibility to her, and she focuses the traditional teachings of her foremothers on the intersectional challenges faced by the prodigies she works with. She aims to do all her work in homage to her ancestors whose resistance ensured her existence. She is a human being, just like you.

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Graphic & Web Design

Erica Ekrem

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As a child, Erica was shaped by the quiet strength of the Dakota flatlands, by stories her grandmother told her during the long, northern winters, and through her relationships with the surrounding flora & fauna.

As a young adult, Erica followed her heart's calling to the West Coast (USA) where she discovered purpose in the field of visual communication.

Currently, she works and plays with For The Wild as a freelance graphic & web designer to help connect those who care wildly about the natural world and to give voice to the plants, animals, and beings who face violence and exctinction due to the breakdown of Earth's natural biomes.

Erica writes poetry from the heart, busies her hands with traditional bookbinding, and finds self-care and silent refuge in her practice of tea ceremony. In her bookbinding skill shares, she urges participants to contemplate their impact on the environment, to honor those who have come before, and to choose environmentally-supportive practices. At the heart of Erica's offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild.

Erica and her family live along the forested tidelines of the San Juan Islands in unceded Coast Salish Territory.

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Podcast Research & Outreach

Hannah Wilton

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Hannah is local to West Marin, Coast Miwok territory, where she grew up wandering the grassy hills, exploring salty tide pools, and sitting amongst old-growth coastal redwoods. Her childhood sparked a playful, wild imagination and nourished deep reverence for our plant, animal, and land kin. With a dual degree in American Studies and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, Hannah seeks to weave radical decolonization into our movements, land ethics, and fabric of everyday life. She continues to craft an ongoing anthology of written prose, poetry, and illustration called “Stories for Living in the Anthropocene,” which offers tales of multispecies belonging, mythologies, and musings for reconnection with one another and the natural world. Hannah remains committed to tending these creative projects and collaborations in service of collective healing and visions for a just and abundant future.

 

Tongass Campaign Director

Jade Begay

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Jade, Dine and Tesuque Pueblo, is a filmmaker, a storyteller, a communications strategist but above all, Jade is a woman who has cultivated a deep and fierce passion to protect land, air, and water. In order to accomplish this mission, Jade has committed her life’s work to amplify the voices and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, so that the world can remember who the original caretakers of this earth are and who have maintained balance and harmony for time immemorial. It is Jade’s hope that once we recognize and honor Indigenous leadership, we can move towards healing hundreds of years of oppression.

Jade currently produces multimedia for the Indigenous Environmental Network. She has worked with grassroots and Indigenous communities, from Standing Rock to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Arctic to the Southwest. She is also a facilitator and trainer in anti-oppression work.

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Co-Founder of Unlearn & Rewild Podcast

March Young

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March is a student of Restoration Ecology and is rehabilitating land and water in BC and Northern California. His main fascination is maintaining biodiversity in a rapidly changing climate. He is an amateur mycologist, wild food forager, and earth-skills enthusiast. He has also been practicing in the visual arts for two decades, attempting to open eyes and hearts to the wisdom of nature. March lived in the Andes of Peru for six years studying anthropology and collaborating with indigenous artists. He spent several more years traveling on foot and bicycle around North and South America, fostering relationships with a wide gamut of humans and non-humans. March worked as an environmental activist and organizer in NYC particularly against shale-gas development. He has studied at numerous institutions, but has learned the most from observing nature and witnessing Earth-based cultures.