The Cleanest Line


Rawls Moore braves stormy skies on the Slickrock Trail. Photo: Marc O’Brien

Saving Slickrock

By Sakeus Bankson   |   Feb 11, 2020 February 11, 2020

The 10.5-mile Slickrock Trail winds across a rippling expanse of Navajo sandstone above Moab, Utah, following a line of white dots up and over ochre domes. Arches National Park fills the skyline to the northeast and the brown waters of the Colorado churn a few hundred feet below the precipitous… Read More

Free Soča flotilla during the fourth Balkan Rivers Tour in summer 2019 on our home river, Soča, Slovenia. A total of 150 paddlers from 23 countries joined on the reservoir behind the first of seven hydropower dams asking for the removal of the dam to expose the beautiful canyon below. Photo: Mitja Legat

I Found My Calling through Patagonia Action Works

By Katarina Mulec   |   Feb 4, 2020 February 4, 2020

Two rented VW vans, one ’80s camp trailer turned into a full kitchen, camping gear, eight brightly colored kayaks, one megaphone and projection gear to turn any riverside beach into an outdoor cinema—this caravan was my home for one month in 2018 as we paddled and organized to help save… Read More

An oil refinery sits behind a park in the neighborhood of Wilmington in Los Angeles, California. There are 91 counties across the US that are building oil refineries or where refineries exist close to more than 6.7 million African Americans and low-income people, according to a study by the NAACP. Photo: Michael Estrada

On Injustice

By Naomi Hollard   |   Feb 4, 2020 February 4, 2020

In September, millions of young people rocked global news cycles with the largest wave of climate strikes the world has ever seen. From the hills and hollers of Kentucky to the cities of the Rust Belt to the winding streets of… Read More

Ryland Bell hikes to the top of a glacier in northwestern British Columbia under fast-moving clouds. After a short wait in a whiteout, the skies cleared somewhat, and he was able to drop into wide open powder turns. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway

By Colin Wiseman   |   Jan 21, 2020 January 21, 2020

Predawn on April 4, 2019. There’s hardly any snow in the mountains. Worst year in recent history, the locals are saying. We’re loading boxes of food onto the ferry, preparing to board the Alaska Marine Highway from Juneau to Haines. “It’s southeast Alaska, you never know,”… Read More

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… 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

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: Patagonia’s Carbon Neutrality Goal

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