Climate Listening Project

Latest update February 27, 2019 Started on October 12, 2018
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I launched the award-winning Climate Listening Project in 2014 and traveled across the United States and around the world to explore and film the connections that are important to each of us: family, faith, business, environment, community; weaving together the latest science with inspiring stories from around the globe. I am re-launching the Climate Listening Project with a new vision, not only focusing on our changing climate, but how we are changing as individuals, listening to our own realities, overcoming our fears and stereotypes, healing ourselves, and allowing ourselves to be our whole selves. I think real change is not just about acknowledging and adapting to our changing weather - it is about changing our political climate, social climate, inclusion climate, and economic climate. We all have unique and important stories, contributions, experiences, and perspectives as we listen, learn, change, and grow. The Climate Listening Project shares these stories of transformation. http://ClimateListeningProject.org

October 12, 2018
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In The Field

United States - The Human Journey


> “There remain incredible threats to our forests worldwide, but there has been a lot of progress. There are folks paying attention to forests that never used to have any clue. And people from all different backgrounds love forests. Forests bring people together. One of the reasons I do what I do is for my children and preserving their ability to experience that awe inspiring wonder that only happens when you’re in a forest.” – Amy Moas, Greenpeace USA

Amy and Greenpeace are currently being sued by a Canadian timber company for $3.3 million related to their efforts to shine a light on industrial logging in critical habitat for mountain caribou and conflicts with First Nations in the boreal forest.

*My new Climate Listening Project photo series "Voices of Hope for Forests" features humans of the world – all working together to protect forests and communities as part of the Environmental Paper Network. Why are they building an international movement to match the scale of the problem? What are the sources of inspiration that sustain them? Is there hope? The recent IPCC climate report shares a grim forecast for the future of humanity, but these individuals are undeterred, and are bringing forward collaboration and solutions that deliver the forest protection and restoration needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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China - The Human Journey


> “I was a nature lover when I was a child, but I always wanted to do something for world peace. I realized one thing we can do for world peace is to protect the environment. We can start with local actions, and by helping our local area, together we can protect the entire earth.” – Wen Bo, China Environmental Paper Network

Wen Bo and the CEPN are researching the impacts of skyrocketing Chinese paper consumption on tropical forests and wildlife and promoting efficient paper use by Chinese society.

*My new Climate Listening Project photo series "Voices of Hope for Forests" features humans of the world – all working together to protect forests and communities as part of the Environmental Paper Network. Why are they building an international movement to match the scale of the problem? What are the sources of inspiration that sustain them? Is there hope? The recent IPCC climate report shares a grim forecast for the future of humanity, but these individuals are undeterred, and are bringing forward collaboration and solutions that deliver the forest protection and restoration needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Germany - The Human Journey


“I still have hope for the forest! Because we have such a strong motivation and the power to convince more people to reduce resources and love and protect forests.” – Monika Nolle, ARA

Monika founded ARA in 1987 with other students in Germany to support biodiversity conservation and the safeguarding of human rights globally, and currently dedicates herself to global education and marketplace campaigns for fair, reduced and sustainable consumption/production.

*My new Climate Listening Project photo series "Voices of Hope for Forests" features humans of the world – all working together to protect forests and communities as part of the Environmental Paper Network. Why are they building an international movement to match the scale of the problem? What are the sources of inspiration that sustain them? Is there hope? The recent IPCC climate report shares a grim forecast for the future of humanity, but these individuals are undeterred, and are bringing forward collaboration and solutions that deliver the forest protection and restoration needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Italy - The Human Journey


“I love forests. Forests are not just the trees, it’s life, it’s peoples way of life, it’s the complexity of all life together.” – Sergio Baffoni, EPN – International

Sergio coordinates the Indonesia Rainforest Campaign with a goal to support and amplify the work of local communities and protect the bio-diverse and carbon-rich Indonesian rainforests from destructive exploitation by the pulp and paper industry. The campaign is convened by the Environmental Paper Network and is working with around 50 national and international organisations.

*My new Climate Listening Project photo series "Voices of Hope for Forests" features humans of the world – all working together to protect forests and communities as part of the Environmental Paper Network. Why are they building an international movement to match the scale of the problem? What are the sources of inspiration that sustain them? Is there hope? The recent IPCC climate report shares a grim forecast for the future of humanity, but these individuals are undeterred, and are bringing forward collaboration and solutions that deliver the forest protection and restoration needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Bolivia - The Human Journey


““We still have a chance to conserve and protect our forests. When something unifies people, like the love of forests, it gives us the chance to work together toward a common ideal.” – Cecilia Alcoreza, WWF

Cecilia leads the Sustainable Paper and Packaging work in WWF’s Global Forest Practice. She provides leadership and strategic orientation to WWF’s partners to improve sustainability with respect to pulp, paper and packaging on responsible sourcing, transparency and forest management practices.

*My new Climate Listening Project photo series "Voices of Hope for Forests" features humans of the world – all working together to protect forests and communities as part of the Environmental Paper Network. Why are they building an international movement to match the scale of the problem? What are the sources of inspiration that sustain them? Is there hope? The recent IPCC climate report shares a grim forecast for the future of humanity, but these individuals are undeterred, and are bringing forward collaboration and solutions that deliver the forest protection and restoration needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Mozambique - The Human Journey


“It is very interesting for me to see forests around the world because things are very different compared to Mozambique as far as conservation and preservation. It’s important to have an international experience.” – António Francisco Geraldo Gaveta, Academic Action for the Development of Rural Communities

In Mozambique, António and Adecru are carrying out community workshops, research, campaigns and documentation to address challenges from land development by foreign investors, including eucalyptus pulp plantations, and to support rural communities to be informed, empowered and active.

*My new Climate Listening Project photo series "Voices of Hope for Forests" features humans of the world – all working together to protect forests and communities as part of the Environmental Paper Network. Why are they building an international movement to match the scale of the problem? What are the sources of inspiration that sustain them? Is there hope? The recent IPCC climate report shares a grim forecast for the future of humanity, but these individuals are undeterred, and are bringing forward collaboration and solutions that deliver the forest protection and restoration needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Preparation

I wanted to share my new Virtual Reality film "Standing Forests". This short 360 video takes you virtually to a standing forest and allows you to explore first-hand what is happening to forests around the world. I directed this video with Dogwood Alliance.


Forests - sights of lush colors, sounds of birds and insects, feeling coolness in the shade or near a river, and smelling the moss and healthy soil. Forests provide us with the clean air to breathe and clean water to drink that we all need to survive. Plus, not only do standing forests help mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon, forests help us adapt to climate change as one of our best defenses against impacts like flooding.

My first Climate Listening Project expedition on National Geographic Open Explorer will share photos of inspirational, hopeful individuals in 13 countries on 6 continents working together to protect forests.

Credits: Director: Dayna Reggero Executive Producer: Dogwood Alliance Producer: Better Than Unicorns Associate Producers: Malt Maker Media, Climate Listening Project Creative Director: Brett A McCall Cinematographers: Andrea Desky, Brett A McCall Editor and Compositor: Nate Glass Sound Designer: Robert Gowan Advisers: Lucia Ibarra, Scot Quaranda, Adam Colette

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Dayna,


The 360 video is incredibly clever and effective in spreading awareness about environmental conservation and appreciation. You and your team utilize VR technology in such proactive ways! I really felt as if I was there experiencing the forest!

Expedition Background

For my first expedition I will be sharing photos and hopeful quotes from individuals in Indonesia, Mozambique, Tasmania, China, Bolivia, Canada, Russia, Germany, Italy, Paraguay, Scotland, England, and United States - all working together to protect forests.

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