Speaking of Travel + Climate Listening Project Series

Introducing the Speaking of Travel + Climate Listening Project Series with Dayna Reggero of The Climate Listening Project.

Dayna presents an ongoing educational series with guest experts who discuss climate change and its impact on the places we love to travel, as well as how to become sustainable travelers.


We know climate and weather are important factors in our decision-making around travel. And this coming year promises to provide new and challenging opportunities for those involved in climate change and how it relates to travel.

Our goal is to focus on hope and to inform you of what’s happening to our planet and our weather so you are prepared as you make your travel plans.

 Throughout the year, you’ll have more opportunities to listen to experts about how we can find common ground and become more conscious of leaving a smaller footprint as we embark on our journeys.

We’re embarking in this new transformative year of wonder and Dayna Reggero has taken her Climate Listening Project across America and around the world to film real people sharing their climate change stories.

Dayna’s guest experts connect climate change stories with discovery. Remember, only dreams give birth to change.

So let’s all dream BIG! As we move forward, you’ll have more opportunities to listen to experts and learn how we can find common ground and become more conscious of leaving a smaller footprint as we embark on our journeys. 


Why is biodiversity important to the places we love to travel?

The 2019 Speaking of Travel Climate Listening Project Series with Dayna Reggero begins with a discussion around Dayna’s recent photography series “Voices of Hope for Forests,” featuring individuals from around the world who are working together to protect forests as part of the Environmental Paper Network.

The Environmental Paper Network is made up of 140 organizations who are working together on a Global Paper Vision for the pulp and paper industry.

Guests include Josh Axelrod of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Beth Porter of Green America and Amy Moas of Greenpeace. 


The Climate Listening Project is honored to collaborate with PBS series Ecosense for Living, a thought-provoking series of eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies.

The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life.

Joining us is Suzan Satterfield, producer and director of PBS series Ecosense for Living who shares stories and ideas to become a smarter, greener traveler.


The Speaking of Travel + Climate Listening Project Series continues with Dayna Reggero and student guests explaining the importance of learning about climate change to educate people and protect the places we love.

Artist/biologist Shannon Bodeau has a new Climate Listening Project in collaboration with the UNC Asheville McCullough Fellowship. She interviewed people from around the world and created hand-drawn graphite portraits.

The Climate Listening Project Portraiture Premiere will be a unique opportunity to listen to powerful human stories through a fresh perspective, weaving science and storytelling through art. 9th graders Skyelar & Kalani, along with teacher Jerry Lubos from the Franklin School of Innovation in Asheville, NC., are creating podcasts focused around relevant connections to the guiding question “how do small actions lead to big changes?

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Nearly 90 ninth grade students have worked together to create their own Climate Listening Projects and have interviewed people from around the region as part of an intensive long-term study focused on climate change.

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Joining us for a special Earth Day episode of Speaking of Travel + Climate Listening Project is Jill Kubit of DearTomorrow (USA) and Frida Berry Eklund of Föräldravrålet - Parents Roar (Sweden).

More than 100 women from countries around the world gathered at the United Nations in NYC this month for a UN Women's International Forum on climate solutions.

Dayna Reggero was there to listen and join this important moment and movement with Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Lead Negotiator representing Palau and The Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) including 40 nations H.E. Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Telemundo Network Emmy award winning Journalist Vanessa Hauc, Climate Mama Harriet Shugarman, President of Women’s International Forum Latica Tomašić Kickert, Our Kids' Climate, a global network of parent-focused climate organisations, and many others to pledge to Leave It Better Than We Found.

In this episode, we discuss this historic event, plus share practical Earth Day tips for all.


The Speaking of Travel + Climate Listening Project Series continues with Dayna Reggero and special guest, Sara Day Evans, the founding director of Accelerating Appalachia.

Accelerating Appalachia is the world’s first nature-based business accelerator, connecting innovative businesses, investors and mentors aligned with people, place and prosperity.

Find out how they are creating a new regenerative economy to improve soil, retain water, sequester carbon, and help communities by accelerating nature-based entrepreneurs where mining, logging, textile and tobacco/farming industries are on the decline.

Accelerating Appalachia supports a regenerative economy, sustaining good jobs and keeping thousands of sustainable farmers on the land. 


To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the United States Climate Action Network (USCAN), members Nakisa Glover of Sol Nation and Susannah Tuttle of NC Interfaith Power & Light (NCIPL) join Dayna Reggero of the Climate Listening Project to talk about solutions for traveling and protecting the places we love with compassion, justice and love for people and place.

The USCAN is a vital network for 175+ organizations active on climate change, all working together to fight climate change in a just and equitable way.

Nakisa Glover, founding director of Sol Nation, provides pathways to solutions that can help communities thrive through resiliency and revitalization as we move to a Green Economy.

Susannah Tuttle, director of NC Interfaith Power and Light, connects the faith voice around climate change, encouraging mitigation of the effects and resilient communities by advocacy with compassion. 

Dayna Reggero, along with poets Elizabeth Bradfield and Sean Hill, discuss the latest Climate Listening Project film, "Earth-People-Words" and share how the power of stories holds humanity together. The ways we've worked together to protect our earth and the actions shared in trying to be better people - hope is handed down through our words to future generations. Our stories hold humanity together. Stories are the vessel that always has held, and continues to hold, Earth, People, and Words in unity and balance. 


Sean Hill's award-winning writing is featured in his books "Dangerous Goods" and "Blood Ties & Brown Liquor.” Athens Magazine wrote that Sean is "an authentic Southern voice that speaks for the African-American community and"..."his talent for telling stories from the past earn him a place among the best poets of our time." Sean Hill writes about how race is constructed, and how power plays into that. In the film he shares how it is important to tell our stories because the act of telling our stories does something for the teller, but also our stories are important for the record, for the history handed down. 

Elizabeth Bradfield just released her new book, "Toward Antarctica.” For the past 20+ years, she has worked as a naturalist and guide on ships both at home and in some of the globe’s most remote places.  Elizabeth speaks about how her confessional poems about identity influenced the way she sees the natural world and the science of the natural world. She says speaking through a queer lens, and from this place that she occupies in the world, is the only place she can speak from and she doesn't want to mask that, in fact, the opposite. We all have unique perspectives and each of our stories are important. 

Also featured in the film is Joy Harjo and Laura Hope -Gill. Laura is coordinator of the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, NC, and founder and director of Asheville Wordfest. Joy was recently named the nation's first Native American Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress—commonly referred to as the United States Poet Laureate—serves as the official poet of the United States. Joy speaks about her hope that there's not just one story allowed, or one particular kind of tribal story allowed, or one person allowed to tell the story. She explains everybody deserves a place at the table. 


Speaking of Travel continues the Climate Listening Project Series with Dayna Reggero and some special guests. Sisters Amanda and Allison Rodriguez talk about inspiring stories of human connection to wild places and new ways of knowing and understanding the world and the interconnectivity of existence. 

Amanda Rodriguez is a writer, poet, and climate activist who works protecting Southern forests with Dogwood Alliance. She recently produced a film series called, “Stories Happen in Forests” that features inspiring stories of human connection to wild places.

Allison Maria Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist who creates immersive experiential spaces that challenge conventional ways of knowing and understanding the world. Her work focuses extensively on climate change, species extinction and the interconnectivity of existence.

Her award-winning work includes the video installation “Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos” and a residency at the Churchill Northern Studies.

Speaking of Travel continues the Climate Listening Project Series with Dayna Reggero. Guest Joshua Martin, Director of the Environmental Paper Network, talks about the launch of the new #UnwrapTheTruth campaign. The Environmental Paper Network is made up of 160 organizations who are working together to address the rising wasteful use of paper and make shifts to responsible paper production. #UnwrapTheTruth is all about shining a light on individuals as leaders in a solutions-focused movement to protect our climate, forests, and communities.


Truth: the growing demand for paper contributes to deforestation and displacement of communities

Truth: we can all make a difference by asking our favorite companies to move away from single-use products including paper cups, straws, receipts, bags, and packaging

Truth: more than half of all paper in the world is used for packaging

Truth: we can all help forests and communities by shopping local instead of online

Truth: the average person in the U.S. uses 4x the amount of paper and packaging as the global average

Truth: we can make big impacts by starting conversations to make the switch at our work and schools to shopping local for paper products that have a high percentage of recycled content

Truth: more than 265 billion throw-away paper cups are used around the world each year

Truth: we can create easy solutions in our day to day by opting out of throw aways like junk mail, phone books, receipts, bags, and straws, and using reusable mugs

The Speaking of Travel + Climate Listening Project continues with Dayna Reggero and guests to talk about the wild places we love to explore.


Learn how Patagonia, Save the Boundary Waters and California Trout are finding solutions. We can all make a difference in creating a sustainable planet.

For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots activists working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. But in this time of unprecedented threats, it’s often hard to know the best way to get involved.


That’s why through Patagonia Action Works, they are connecting individuals with their grantees, to take action on the most pressing issues facing the world today. Three of these grantees are California Trout, Save the Boundary Waters, and Accelerating Appalachia. 

 Accelerating Appalachia is supporting innovative businesses building a regenerative economy aligned with people, place and prosperity to preserve farmland, sequester carbon, and protect our environment. 

California Trout is solving complex resource issues while balancing the needs of wild fish and people to ensure resilient wild fish thriving in healthy waters for a better California.

Save the Boundary Waters in Minnesota is creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air and forest landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed from toxic pollution.