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As She Rises is a new podcast from Wonder Media Network. It brings together poems from artists throughout the US and territories that depict the effects of climate change on their home and their people. Each episode carries the listener to a new place through a collection of voices, local recordings and soundscapes. Stories span from the Louisiana Bayou, to the silent tundras of Alaska to the receding coastlines of Puerto Rico. Centering native voices and women of color, As She Rises personalizes the elusive magnitude of climate change.
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The Inland Sea

The Inland Sea

2021-10-1130:28

In Northern Minnesota, over eleven hundred glassy lakes create a vast inland sea. The water is so clean that canoers can drink straight from the lakes. What will it take to protect this beautiful and life-giving landscape from human threat?In this episode, we are transported to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota. Kim Blaeser, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, reads her poem “Eloquence of Earth.” And she speaks about how the threat to this water is a threat to Anishinaabe people. Becky Rom, national chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, grew up navigating these waters. Today she’s fighting to protect the landscape she holds dear from sulfide-ore copper mining.Take Action:In April of 2021, Congresswoman Betty McCollum introduced The Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act. Find your local congressperson here, regardless of the state you live in, and urge them to support this legislation. Here’s a script you can take pointers from.You can find more of Kim’s poetry and writing on her websiteYou can support the grassroots movement and the work Becky is doing at savetheboundarywaters.org.Join efforts to put pressure on world leaders, at COP26 and beyond:Support SheChangesClimate, which is trying to get more women in top-level leadership at COP26 and other delegations around the world.Check out Greenpeace’s campaign: you can get involved with a local volunteer group in the UK or sign the Greenpeace petition.Follow Wonder Media Network:WebsiteInstagramTwitter
The Island

The Island

2021-10-0430:23

“It’s not the same, knowing the theory of climate disaster, and then actually living through it.”There is a fissure on the island of Puerto Rico-- one widened in the wake of massive storms, earthquakes, COVID, and quickened by the dizzying pace of climate change.In this episode, bilingual  poet Raquel Salas Rivera finds hope in a poem titled “nota para una amiga que desea suicidarse después del huracán” and tells us about the ripples of trauma Maria left behind. Local activist Amira Odeh recalls  being unable to recognize her own home after the storm and how she’s working to rebuild PR.Take Action:Support Amira’s work at the Caribbean Youth Environment Network Puerto Rico Chapter at CYEN.orgFind more of Raquel’s work at RaquelSalasRivera.netJoin efforts to put pressure on world leaders, at COP26 and beyond:Support SheChangesClimate, which is trying to get more women in top-level leadership at COP26 and other delegations around the world.Check out Greenpeace’s campaign: you can get involved with a local volunteer group in the UK or sign the Greenpeace petitionFollow Wonder Media Network:WebsiteInstagramTwitter
The Tundra

The Tundra

2021-09-2725:394

In the land we know as Alaska, a poet considers a melting landscape also ablaze. What does it mean to live in a “sepia-toned” world, to be forced to distance your ties to your culture, and to truly understand that what happens to the land also happens to the people? “June really isn’t June anymore / is it?” In this episode, we visit the land currently known as Alaska. Joan Naviyuk Kane, Iñupiaq poet and scholar, joins us with the title poem of her collection “Hyperboreal” and her experience watching the landscape she grew up in change drastically because of climate change. Local activist Enei Begaye centers an Indigenized perspective as she works toward a more sustainable and just future for the native communities around her, and Siqiniq Maupin works to strengthen Iñupiaq cultural identity despite the poisonous grip of the oil and gas industry on her homeland. Take action:Support Enei’s work at NativeMovement.org: volunteer, donate, sign petitions and more.SILA, Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic, has similar opportunities to support organizing efforts to protect and preserve Alaska’s North Slope. You can join their monthly meetings as a respectful member to learn more about frontline efforts.You can find more of Joan’s work and poetry books on her website. Her newest book, “Dark Traffic,” is out now.Join efforts to put pressure on world leaders, who should be taking radical action on climate change, at COP26 and beyond:Support SheChangesClimate, which is trying to get more women in top-level leadership at COP26 and other delegations around the world.Check out Greenpeace’s campaign: you can get involved with a local volunteer group in the UK or sign the Greenpeace petitionFollow Wonder Media Network:WebsiteInstagramTwitter
The Bayou

The Bayou

2021-09-2028:144

In New Orleans, there is a time before the storm, and a time after. How does one keep up with change in a state losing a football field’s worth of land every hour and a half? On a street where a neighbor’s porch is built 12 feet off the ground? Take Action:The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy advances structural shifts toward ecological equity and climate justice in Gulf South communities of color on the frontline of climate change. You can donate to or volunteer with the GCCLP and Colette’s work at GCCLP.org.Join the efforts of the Gulf South for a Green New Deal at GulfSouth2GND.org. Find regional movements and events at GulfSouth4GND.org/regional-actions.Support Jerika’s poetry and book, “Swole,” at FuturePoem.com.Join efforts to put pressure on world leaders, at COP26 and beyond:Support SheChangesClimate, which is trying to get more women in top-level leadership at COP26 and other delegations around the world.Check out Greenpeace’s campaign: you can get involved with a local volunteer group in the UK or sign the Greenpeace petition.Donate to local aid groups organizing for Hurricane Ida and COVID-19 relief for the city of New Orleans and surrounding communities:Imagine Water Works advocates for "living with water" and works at the intersections of reducing risk from flooding, pollution, and natural hazards, prioritizing those who are systemically forgotten or pushed to the margins.Our Voice Nuestra Voz (#BlackAndBrownGetDown Community Defense Fund) organizes parents to  expand quality educational access for students in New Orleans.House of Tulip is a community land trust creating housing solutions for trans and gender non conforming people in Louisiana:Bvlbancha Collective is an Indigenous mutual aid collective working in and for Bvlbancha, the original Chahta name for New Orleans.New Orleans Musicians' Clinic provides comprehensive medical care and social services to local musicians, performing artists, cultural workers, and tradition bearers.United Houma Nation Relief supports the efforts and general daily operations of the United Houma Nation.Follow Wonder Media Network:WebsiteInstagramTwitter
As She Rises is a new show from Wonder Media Network that aims to personalize the elusive magnitude of climate change.  Follow Wonder Media Network:WebsiteInstagramTwitter 
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