The Cleanest Line The Cleanest Line

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck Read More
This Cryptomeria corridor near the Togakushi Shrine in Nagano Prefecture pulls tree-seeking crowds from Tokyo to walk through towering Japanese red-cedar, pay their respects to nature and ask for the protection of something in their lives. Honshu, Japan. Photo: Garrett Grove
Boats going through an algae bloom contamination on Lake Erie, Ohio. After the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, Lake Erie’s yearly toxic algae problem subsided. In recent years, due to the effects of climate change and increased human activity, algae bloom contamination has intensified. Even tighter protection within the Clean Water Act is needed to limit the sources of pollution that lead to this type of contamination. Photo: Peter Essick / Aurora Photos / Alamy

Why the Clean Water Act Means So Much

By Prince Shakur   |   Jan 16, 2020 January 16, 2020

My family arrived in Ohio from Jamaica in the mid-1970s, during a time of environmental turmoil. The previous decade had brought to light significant issues around the treatment of land and water in the United States. The Cuyahoga River, which flows into Lake Erie, caught fire in 1969 due to… Read More

Lizzy Plotkin amongst the aspens with her Lackey five-string fiddle. Photo: Lydia Stern

Out with the Old: Thinking about Newness

By Molly Baker   |   Jan 16, 2020 January 16, 2020

“To change someone’s behavior, there must be rewards,” says Lizzy Plotkin. Her voice is earthy, grounded, easy and full of conviction. Horns honk, people talk, buses drive and a city thrives in the background, but she doesn’t sound like part of the chaos; she is instead superimposed into the scene. Read More

Illustration: Jason Holley

A Most Endangered Law

By Christopher Ketcham   |   Jan 7, 2020 January 7, 2020

A round of applause and a hurrah of thanks for President Donald Trump: he’s finally bringing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) the attention it deserves! Last fall, the president announced a number of administrative “rule changes” to the ESA, changes that may sound trivial, but which attack… Read More

These buttes are named for their close resemblance to the ears of a Bear poking its head above the piñon-juniper forests and canyons that adorn the Cedar Mesa, Utah. Photo: Michael Estrada

Celebrate Bears Ears

By Cassaundra Pino   |   Dec 19, 2019 December 19, 2019

Three years ago, on December 28, 2016, President Obama used his executive power under the Antiquities Act to establish the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. This was the first time that tribal sovereign nations allied to petition the president for a national monument designation. The Hopi Tribe, the Navajo… Read More

Local skiers approach the summit of Red Lady, a peak in the Elk Mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado, to readorn the Lady’s crown with custom prayer flags that honor the mountain’s important role in the community. Photo: Forest Woodward

Keep Red Lady Free

By Laura Yale   |   Dec 13, 2019 December 13, 2019

Activism doesn’t have to be all wonk and politics. The townspeople of Crested Butte, Colorado, show us that when you’re fighting for what you love, you can still have fun. At one point on our way toward Red Lady’s summit, Julie Nania stops in her favorite aspen grove as we… Read More

Patagonia set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2025. To get us there, we’re trying out a lot of different things, including growing food and fiber the way nature intended. Regenerative organic cotton fields in India. Photo: Hashim Badani

2025 Or Bust

By Rodrigo Bustamante   |   Dec 13, 2019 December 13, 2019

In Japan, it is possible to simultaneously stand both in a cultivated field and under a solar array. A group of engineers and entrepreneurs developed a model whereby solar panels can be installed on top of existing farmland and still allow the required amount of sunlight to reach the crops… Read More

Caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd cross the braided streams of the Jago River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. The Gwich’in call the coastal plain of the Refuge “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins” because it is the birthing and nursing ground of the Porcupine caribou herd. Photo: Austin Siadak

Keepers of a Way of Life

By Lisset Fun   |   Nov 26, 2019 November 26, 2019

In the Arctic, Gwich’in youth are learning that protecting land means preserving a way of life. On Alaska’s North Slope, where polar bears den and gray wolves howl, protecting the land isn’t about supporting a cause or posting on social media from a protest at city hall. Here, it’s a… Read More

Hammer time! Some of the crew responsible for bringing down the Lahnasenkoski dam on the Hiitolanjoki river visit for a not-so-fond farewell. Clockwise from left: Matti Vaittinen, Regional Council of South Karelia; Jasper Pääkkönen; Riku Eskelinen, Special adviser for the Minister of Environment; Sampsa Vilhunen, WWF Finland; Hanna Ollikainen, South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas. Photo: Ira Aaltonen

Finnish Breakthrough

By Gregory Fitz   |   Nov 18, 2019 November 18, 2019

Lately, Jasper Pääkkönen has been struggling to maintain his fish-life balance: high-profile acting projects keep interfering with days spent on the water. Pääkkönen had been working, and winning awards, as an actor in Finland long before recent roles on the television series Vikings and in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman brought him international… Read More

Safety first. Theatrics aside, Carston always wears goggles when bottling the spicier of his sauces—wisdom gained after accidentally squirting some in his eye. Photo: Mary McIntyre

Hurts So Good

By Sakeus Bankson   |   Nov 14, 2019 November 14, 2019

As seen in the November 2019 Journal. For the recipe behind Carston’s Spicy Magic Sauce, scroll to the end of the story. Although my tongue felt as if it might melt, Carston Oliver assured me I was not, in fact, going to die. “That’s just the capsaicin,”… Read More

With Mount Baker peeking over the horizon, Mark Allison (left) and Bonnie Burke (right) get ready to drop in on SST, a Galbraith classic. Photo: Paris Gore

What Good Neighbors Do

By Sakeus Bankson   |   Nov 12, 2019 November 12, 2019

Eric “EB Extreme” Brown scurries up the root wad, surveying the devastation that once was Cougar Ridge Trail. Located on the east side of Lake Whatcom, east of Bellingham, Washington, “Cougar” was once an unsanctioned downhiller trail scheduled for closure. Now it’s one of the area’s premier—and legal—rides. This section,… Read More