As many families were deciding how to best support their children this school year, it was clear that in many communities across the country, including the Hudson Valley, a greater number of participants were interested in deeper engagement in wilderness education and exploration. We were thrilled to be included in this story by Ben James for NPR’s All Things Considered, sharing about how we prioritize making our programs accessible to as many children as possible, especially at this time.
Please listen to the story above and check out the transcript below, featuring a photo of Wild Earth leaders – Jessie Lotrecchiano, Zach Jones, and David Brownstein.NPR-All-things-considered-story-Sep-2020
Omari Washington identified his purpose in 2004, during a backpacking & paddling trip above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Despite emerging evidence, at that time few people were willing to believe climatologists’ warnings that humans were negatively impacting our planet. Hiking across the melting permafrost, Omari witnessed the significant changes already taking place. Moreover, he knew that many marginalized communities would be disproportionately affected by our inaction. After returning from that trip, Omari attended Green Mountain College in Vermont and received a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Since then, he has led hikes in urban parks, managed diverse teams of environmental educators, built school gardens, developed curricula, and helped plant 1,000,000 trees in New York City. The focus of all of this work has been to engage and empower youth in developing deep connections to nature, centered around their own unique experiences. Omari is grateful to be welcomed into the Wild Earth community, where young leaders are growing wild! More about Omari's work.