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The Land I Trust, an audio series by the Sierra Club, tells stories of special places under threat by dirty energy -- and how the transition to clean energy is benefiting people and the homes they hold dear. In our first series, we travel through the American South to talk with folks about the coal that is fouling their air and water, the dirty energy projects they're fighting in their backyards, and a shared vision for a clean energy economy that allows all of our communities to thrive. From climate refugees to farming families, these Southerners generously sat down, walked, and canoed with us while sharing their truths. Travel with us through North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida to hear firsthand how much moving beyond coal and fracked gas matters to communities everywhere.
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Josh Usdan [pronouns they/them/theirs] is a 17-year-old high school student from Nashville, Tennessee. Josh is also a climate activist and a member of the Sunrise Movement, a group of young people fighting climate change. But for Josh, it all started with their love of the ocean…
St. Louis, Missouri, is home to the headquarters of coal companies, but it’s also about to become a lot more solar friendly. A couple years ago St. Louis passed Resolution 124, which called upon the city to transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Leading that effort was Lewis Reed, the president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.
Bob Pashos is from St. Louis, Missouri. For him, reckoning with climate change meant he had to grieve for what we’ve already lost, and for what it’s too late to do anything about. But he didn’t just bury his head in the sand and give up. He came out the other side.
S3, Ep. 4: The Future

S3, Ep. 4: The Future

2019-12-2300:15:26

In the season finale, stories from a man whose faith was tested by climate change, a city going to 100% clean energy, and a high school activist in Nashville. All that, plus the definitive answer on whether or not you should stay hopeful about the future.
Casey Weinstein probably is the most public environmentalist in Northeast Ohio, where he lives. In 2018, he ran for office and flipped a seat by 51 percent. Now, he represents part of northeast Ohio in the State House. Before that, he served on Hudson City Council. He’s in the public eye often, but the reason he ran for office started at home.
Pete Lenzen lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where Duke Energy operates. When Pete heard that coal-burning Duke Energy proposed a rate increase, this got him really fired up. So fired up that he testified in front of the The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
S3, Ep. 3: Terrific Haute

S3, Ep. 3: Terrific Haute

2019-12-1600:15:13

Shikha Bhattacharya lives in Terre Haute, Indiana. Some people call it Terrible Haute. In this episode, see how Shikha wants to change that, by helping the environment. Also: stories of standing up to big utilities and getting into politics.
In Pleasant Plains, Illinois, Girl Scout Troop 6195 does more than just sell cookies. They speak up and act on environmental issues. For them, environmental activism started small, literally, with protecting the Monarch Butterfly. Their success with the monarchs got the girls fired up about other environmental issues.
To Charles Hua, Madison, Wisconsin, is more than dairy. It’s his hometown and the land has shaped who he is as a person, and how he approaches the issues of climate change.
The Michna family has lived near Caledonia, Wisconsin since the 1800s. In fact, there are now 11 Michna siblings living on Michna Road. But they have a bad neighbor now—a coal plan. Frank Michna and two of his sisters, Renee Michna and Maureen Michna-Wolff, sat down to talk about living in the shadow of coal plants…
S3, Ep. 2: Coal-edonia

S3, Ep. 2: Coal-edonia

2019-12-0900:17:001

The 11 siblings of the Michna family grew up on Michna Road in Wisconsin where nearly all of them still live—despite the coal plant that they have as a neighbor. Their story in this episode, plus: how a Madison high school went solar, and…Girl Scouts.
Kate Madigan is the director of the Michigan Climate Action Network, which organizes grassroots climate action. For her, the next steps to address climate change are pretty obvious, it’s just a matter of whether or not we can get it done.
Some call Traverse City, Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the world. It produces nearly 75 percent of the country’s tart cherries, and about a fifth of our sweet cherries. However, in recent years, cherry farmers have been feeling the effects from climate change -- farmers like Jim Nugent.
Theresa Landrum has lived in Southwest Detroit her whole life. Her zip code is 48217, which is infamous for being the most polluted zip code in the state of Michigan. Nearby is an oil refinery from Marathon Petroleum Corporation that sends chemicals up into the air. There’s also a coal-fired power plant just a few miles away. I-75 runs right through the zip code. Right in the center of all this is Theresa’s community. She’s been fighting for environmental justice for a long time. But when she was a kid, she saw her neighborhood much differently.
S3, Ep. 1: Zip Code 48217

S3, Ep. 1: Zip Code 48217

2019-12-0200:15:50

Season 3 of the Land I Trust brings you storytellers from across the Midwestern US who share their experiences of climate change, the impacts of dirty fuels, the fight for clean energy—and more. Host and narrator Precious Brady-Davis weaves together these stories and shares some of her own perspective as well. The series is a unique window into this important part of the country, at a pivotal time for the nation and the planet. In this episode, series host Precious Brady-Davis shares her unique journey to environmental activism. Then: a visit to one of the most polluted zip codes in the state of Michigan, and a journey to the imperiled cherry groves of Traverse City.
The Overstory: Coming Soon

The Overstory: Coming Soon

2018-10-2200:01:01

Coming soon: a new podcast from Sierra Club. The Overstory brings listeners some of the most surprising, heartfelt, and provocative stories from across the American landscape. With each episode our reporters go beyond the latest news headlines as they profile the people and places on the front lines of environmental activism. First episode out now! https://simplecast.com/s/ca82d821
S2, Ep.4: Earth

S2, Ep.4: Earth

2018-08-1600:10:43

Mishka Banuri, a teen activist, talks about working in Utah to fight climate change -- and the interfaith conference that inspired her. In Carbon County, Utah, coal gives the county its name. Gabriel Hunt, a fourth generation coal miner in East Carbon, talks about leaving the industry in the hopes that clean energy will lead to healthier communities and cleaner air. We meet Kayla Molloy, an 8-year-old fighting climate change, and her mother, Rachel, who combat air pollution and climate change in Washington state.
S 2 Ep. 3: Wind

S 2 Ep. 3: Wind

2018-08-0800:11:39

Aaron Cage and Gabriel Hunt share what it was like to work in the oil, gas, and coal industries. Aaron talks about changing to wind energy.
S 2 Ep. 2: Fire

S 2 Ep. 2: Fire

2018-08-0800:12:35

Vickie Simmons and Patty Gladstone discuss the impact of coal and fire on their communities and families.
S 2 Ep. 1: Water

S 2 Ep. 1: Water

2018-08-0800:13:28

Krystal Two Bulls and Percy Deal share their stories about the harm of coal on their reservations' water supplies.
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