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Hello long lost Instagram friends! Like I said I would, I'm working on more writing/nuanced/creative projects that have a little more of my heart in it than just sharing thoughts and little ramblings on here. It's slowly but surely in the works.In my profile, there is a link to a short article as a contributor with @tomorrow_unlocked. I wrote it to explain why the concept of "sustainability" is not easy to define. What is sustainable is not only directly linked to what we buy, but how we use things. It also turns out how we use things is next to impossible to predict because human behavior is super "noisy" and complicated when you give them a new product or piece of technology. And, when all of this occurs in a consumption based economy, it because really hard to see how so many proposed solutions are sustainable. I tried to distill all this info down to be as accessible as possible. Please check it out! I'd love to hear your thoughts, get feedback, or answer questions about it. #tomorrowunlocked #sustainability #green #greenenergy #earth #nature #environment #justice
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Hello long lost Instagram friends! Like I said I would, I'm working on more writing/nuanced/creative projects that have a little more of my heart in it than just sharing thoughts and little ramblings on here. It's slowly but surely in the works. In my profile, there is a link to a short article as a contributor with @tomorrow_unlocked. I wrote it to explain why the concept of "sustainability" is not easy to define. What is sustainable is not only directly linked to what we buy, but how we use things. It also turns out how we use things is next to impossible to predict because human behavior is super "noisy" and complicated when you give them a new product or piece of technology. And, when all of this occurs in a consumption based economy, it because really hard to see how so many proposed solutions are sustainable. I tried to distill all this info down to be as accessible as possible. Please check it out! I'd love to hear your thoughts, get feedback, or answer questions about it. #tomorrowunlocked #sustainability #green #greenenergy #earth #nature #environment #justice

2 weeks ago
Mostly posting this in case anybody feels the same way (stuck in the social media vortex): Taking a bit of time away from IG from tomorrow since I think breaks from it are good (for me). Does anybody else feel their creativity zapped from being on here too much? Or that you're frustrated for all the wrong reasons? I'm hoping to come back with pieces of writing that feel a bit more nuanced, dense, meaningful, and fleshed out than the ideas I put out here now. Work I am doing for no other reason than wanting to create it and get it out of my system. For some reason instagram occasionally becomes a bit of distraction from parsing apart what I'm thinking and feels like a roadblock in clarifying the details of what it is *I believe* and how to articulate it. Details that require time and research and conversation to figure out.. I'm having trouble with a world of inputs and external opinions endlessly at my fingertips. Just a reminder that social media is a tool that should serve you and not vice versa, in case any body else feels stuck. Will add an email address in my profile if anyone wants to connect when I'm not on here :) Pic by new friend @jtkerby while on #fromkurilswithlove .#instabreak
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Mostly posting this in case anybody feels the same way (stuck in the social media vortex): Taking a bit of time away from IG from tomorrow since I think breaks from it are good (for me). Does anybody else feel their creativity zapped from being on here too much? Or that you're frustrated for all the wrong reasons? I'm hoping to come back with pieces of writing that feel a bit more nuanced, dense, meaningful, and fleshed out than the ideas I put out here now. Work I am doing for no other reason than wanting to create it and get it out of my system. For some reason instagram occasionally becomes a bit of distraction from parsing apart what I'm thinking and feels like a roadblock in clarifying the details of what it is *I believe* and how to articulate it. Details that require time and research and conversation to figure out.. I'm having trouble with a world of inputs and external opinions endlessly at my fingertips. Just a reminder that social media is a tool that should serve you and not vice versa, in case any body else feels stuck. Will add an email address in my profile if anyone wants to connect when I'm not on here :) Pic by new friend @jtkerby while on #fromkurilswithlove . #instabreak

July 2019
Unedited (aka probably grammar errors ahead) excerpt from my journal: As we made our way down the footpath that crisscrossed long abandoned Soviet military roads and rusted iron barrels, we marveled over the chance to see this site rarely unmasked by cloud. Places like this, when they allow themselves to be seen, make easy claims that they deserve our care and attention. And maybe that’s what this place was asking us for. As my group made a final descent down to the black beach, built up slowly through millennia of breaking down basalt into sand, I wondered about other places rendered invisible not by fog but by other means. Places and people with beauty not of the jaw dropping variety that can make people stop at first sight, but those of a more subtle kind of aesthetic. Ones imbued with history and culture, from microbes to humans, that aren’t so easily captured by footage. For groundwater sitting for millennia beneath the surface. For worms sifting through soil. How do we lift the fog and remind ourselves of their beauty too? So we can not only care about places like this, which are worth our attention and heart, but for that which transcends the physical in ways much more difficult to explain.#fromkurilswithlove Photo (not mine) taken by some combo of: @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @_ryanhill_ @tedhesser @taylorfreesolo @povel @alejandroarango13 @jtkerby @e_kaspersky #climatechange #ecology #oceans #writing #volcanoes #nature
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Unedited (aka probably grammar errors ahead) excerpt from my journal: As we made our way down the footpath that crisscrossed long abandoned Soviet military roads and rusted iron barrels, we marveled over the chance to see this site rarely unmasked by cloud. Places like this, when they allow themselves to be seen, make easy claims that they deserve our care and attention. And maybe that’s what this place was asking us for. As my group made a final descent down to the black beach, built up slowly through millennia of breaking down basalt into sand, I wondered about other places rendered invisible not by fog but by other means. Places and people with beauty not of the jaw dropping variety that can make people stop at first sight, but those of a more subtle kind of aesthetic. Ones imbued with history and culture, from microbes to humans, that aren’t so easily captured by footage. For groundwater sitting for millennia beneath the surface. For worms sifting through soil. How do we lift the fog and remind ourselves of their beauty too? So we can not only care about places like this, which are worth our attention and heart, but for that which transcends the physical in ways much more difficult to explain. #fromkurilswithlove Photo (not mine) taken by some combo of: @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @_ryanhill_ @tedhesser @taylorfreesolo @povel @alejandroarango13 @jtkerby @e_kaspersky #climatechange #ecology #oceans #writing #volcanoes #nature

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July 2019
Finally have some time to write this post in a way that will do it justice (link in profile). What does it mean to be sustainable? And more importantly, who are we sustainable for? My activist group in San Diego composed of scientists, artists, academics and artists has been working alongside indigenous communities in Chile and Argentina for several years and has started to challenge the most common answers to this question. The area they live is home to the world's biggest supply of lithium, which also happens to be the source of batteries that power electric vehicles. This is a nonrenewable resource that is environmentally destructive to people who did almost nothing to cause climate change. It is a new form of emerging green colonialism, where horrible things are justified in the name of green futures that are often misleading and inexact. I talk so often about finding new ways forward. Please take the time to read this article I helped co-write on new ways to do science going forward outside of our bubbles. Science that works in solidarity with indigenous communities to co-create knowledge and solutions. The article is a bit more dense than it could be, but please go through it and share it. It is the start of a much bigger conversation and a much bigger fight ahead to build new ways of being. I appreciate all thoughts and comments on it as well. More to come as well on future articles, op-ed almost finished with @louisajanedifelice, and doc with @taylorfreesolo. Thanks 🙏🏽 #solidarity #justice #science #climatechange #indigenous #colonialism #environmentaljustice #sustainability
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Finally have some time to write this post in a way that will do it justice (link in profile). What does it mean to be sustainable? And more importantly, who are we sustainable for? My activist group in San Diego composed of scientists, artists, academics and artists has been working alongside indigenous communities in Chile and Argentina for several years and has started to challenge the most common answers to this question. The area they live is home to the world's biggest supply of lithium, which also happens to be the source of batteries that power electric vehicles. This is a nonrenewable resource that is environmentally destructive to people who did almost nothing to cause climate change. It is a new form of emerging green colonialism, where horrible things are justified in the name of green futures that are often misleading and inexact. I talk so often about finding new ways forward. Please take the time to read this article I helped co-write on new ways to do science going forward outside of our bubbles. Science that works in solidarity with indigenous communities to co-create knowledge and solutions. The article is a bit more dense than it could be, but please go through it and share it. It is the start of a much bigger conversation and a much bigger fight ahead to build new ways of being. I appreciate all thoughts and comments on it as well. More to come as well on future articles, op-ed almost finished with @louisajanedifelice, and doc with @taylorfreesolo. Thanks 🙏🏽 #solidarity #justice #science #climatechange #indigenous #colonialism #environmentaljustice #sustainability

July 2019
Off the ship for the last time. Appreciative of this astoundingly beautiful place, the clear skies, a chance to learn, and to make it something more. The story doesn’t end here- more real work comes next to make sure we can help support the people who care deeply about this place and have been here for decades like @bigdaddivladi. #fromkurilswithlove @chrisburkard @renan_ozturk @jtkerby @_ryanhill_ @taylorfreesolo @povel @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @alejandroarango13#climatechange #environment #science #nature #justice #ecology
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Off the ship for the last time. Appreciative of this astoundingly beautiful place, the clear skies, a chance to learn, and to make it something more. The story doesn’t end here- more real work comes next to make sure we can help support the people who care deeply about this place and have been here for decades like @bigdaddivladi. #fromkurilswithlove @chrisburkard @renan_ozturk @jtkerby @_ryanhill_ @taylorfreesolo @povel @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @alejandroarango13 #climatechange #environment #science #nature #justice #ecology

July 2019
Sums up my feelings on packing madness on the last day of our #fromkurilswithlove journey. @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @jtkerby @tedhesser @_ryanhil_ @povel @alejandroarango13 @e_kaspersky @bigdaddivladi
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July 2019
Climate change doesn’t care much for the borders we’ve created as people. But these borders and barriers, whether they are social, political, economic, cultural, or geographic will determine our capacity to deal with its impacts. On this trip I’ve been thinking a lot about this bordered world we have been born into and how we don’t have to always chose to accept them as they are. We can craft our on boundaries and make our own worlds within this existing one. Even in the realm of science, it’s easy to forget how the existing political and economic structures take resources away from incredible scientists elsewhere on the planet while “prestigious” institutions consolidate money and wealth elsewhere. Screw all of that though. Increasing each other’s capacity to do important work at the grassroots level, pulling from our institutional resources, is part of how we build something different. I hope I can work to support the scientists I’ve met here. Not because they needed saving or anything dumb like that, but because solidarity will mean survival going forward. Because to build community is to live beautifully in a world that tries to isolate us from each other. Tear it down. Rebuild it. #fromkurilswithlove @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @tedhesser @chrisburkard @povel@jtkerby @alejandroarango13 @e_kaspersky#climatechange #science #justice #borders #oceans #environment #radicalscience
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Climate change doesn’t care much for the borders we’ve created as people. But these borders and barriers, whether they are social, political, economic, cultural, or geographic will determine our capacity to deal with its impacts. On this trip I’ve been thinking a lot about this bordered world we have been born into and how we don’t have to always chose to accept them as they are. We can craft our on boundaries and make our own worlds within this existing one. Even in the realm of science, it’s easy to forget how the existing political and economic structures take resources away from incredible scientists elsewhere on the planet while “prestigious” institutions consolidate money and wealth elsewhere. Screw all of that though. Increasing each other’s capacity to do important work at the grassroots level, pulling from our institutional resources, is part of how we build something different. I hope I can work to support the scientists I’ve met here. Not because they needed saving or anything dumb like that, but because solidarity will mean survival going forward. Because to build community is to live beautifully in a world that tries to isolate us from each other. Tear it down. Rebuild it. #fromkurilswithlove @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @tedhesser @chrisburkard @povel @jtkerby @alejandroarango13 @e_kaspersky #climatechange #science #justice #borders #oceans #environment #radicalscience

July 2019
Visited Tyuleny Island today to help local marine biologist @bigdaddivladi drop off supplies to  research volunteers and graduate students working on the island. This rugged place is one of the most interesting locations I’ve ever seen science being done (more on that in the near future since I’m trying to stop sea sickness from getting the better of me). For now, here a three pups reminding us that the curiosity of youth is universal. @taylorfreesolo @tedhesser @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky @alejandroarango13 #fromkurilswithlove #wildlife #climatechange #science
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Visited Tyuleny Island today to help local marine biologist @bigdaddivladi drop off supplies to research volunteers and graduate students working on the island. This rugged place is one of the most interesting locations I’ve ever seen science being done (more on that in the near future since I’m trying to stop sea sickness from getting the better of me). For now, here a three pups reminding us that the curiosity of youth is universal. @taylorfreesolo @tedhesser @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky @alejandroarango13 #fromkurilswithlove #wildlife #climatechange #science

July 2019
That post 24 hour of transit time on the boat feeling. #fromkurilswithlove Photo in collab with :@renan_ozturk@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard@povel@tedhesser@donreverendo@_ryanhill_@ollyru99@jtkerby
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That post 24 hour of transit time on the boat feeling. #fromkurilswithlove Photo in collab with : @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @povel @tedhesser @donreverendo @_ryanhill_ @ollyru99 @jtkerby

July 2019
Field notes from an apocalypse: We arrived on Raikoke Island just under 3 weeks after a massive eruption took place. An island once covered by steep slopes of green vegetation was smeared by ash. A place once home to a colony of sea lions was barren save for sea birds searching for homes on rocky crags partially sheltered from landslides and noxious fumes. There is a good chance given a long enough time life will return to this island. But it will never be the same. This is much like my view on global climate change- I don’t think humans will go extinct nor Earth inhospitable to all forms of life. Earth hasn’t been lifeless since the start of unicellular life several billion years ago. But I do wonder how much of us will survive what we (mostly in the global north) are doing to our planet. I wonder what dystopian shape our society will take in the aftermath. This is the scarier thought to me. This is the more realistic scenario. This is has already happened to people all over the planet even if many of us have chosen not to see it. Will we become the birds searching for homes? The remnant sea lions without community or family? A place of ash and dust with a memory of how things once were? I still have hope to avoid this future. I have hope in resistance and resilience and revolution from those of us already fighting. Still, sometimes I wonder if I am naive, but it won’t stop me from pushing forward. Here’s to hope in our togetherness. Taking in the scene: @jtkerby #fromkurilswithlove@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard @renan_ozturk@povel@_ryanhill_@tomorrow_unlocked@e_kaspersky@tedhesser@donreverendo@alejandroarango13#climatechange
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Field notes from an apocalypse: We arrived on Raikoke Island just under 3 weeks after a massive eruption took place. An island once covered by steep slopes of green vegetation was smeared by ash. A place once home to a colony of sea lions was barren save for sea birds searching for homes on rocky crags partially sheltered from landslides and noxious fumes. There is a good chance given a long enough time life will return to this island. But it will never be the same. This is much like my view on global climate change- I don’t think humans will go extinct nor Earth inhospitable to all forms of life. Earth hasn’t been lifeless since the start of unicellular life several billion years ago. But I do wonder how much of us will survive what we (mostly in the global north) are doing to our planet. I wonder what dystopian shape our society will take in the aftermath. This is the scarier thought to me. This is the more realistic scenario. This is has already happened to people all over the planet even if many of us have chosen not to see it. Will we become the birds searching for homes? The remnant sea lions without community or family? A place of ash and dust with a memory of how things once were? I still have hope to avoid this future. I have hope in resistance and resilience and revolution from those of us already fighting. Still, sometimes I wonder if I am naive, but it won’t stop me from pushing forward. Here’s to hope in our togetherness. Taking in the scene: @jtkerby #fromkurilswithlove @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @renan_ozturk @povel @_ryanhill_ @tomorrow_unlocked @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @donreverendo @alejandroarango13 #climatechange

July 2019
The island of Ushishir on the Kuril Chain is a volcanic caldera poking its head above the surface. It’s beautiful to think of its foundations somewhere deep beneath the surface of our ocean, like its legs are sitting in another world entirely. The water inside the caldera is exchanged only intermittently with the surrounding ocean when the tide is high or storms are surging. There is abundant hydrothermal activity here, including the hot springs we managed to dip into for a bit. More interestingly, the abundance of nutrients here from the hydrothermal activity makes it a super weird ecosystem. No big fish or marine fauna. Just small little critters who have found ways to survive in this pretty extreme  environment . As far as I can tell there has only ever been one rigorous study of it done here. It would be a perfect place for a ecological station to conduct research... the lack of data in the region also makes it really difficult to figure out how this place will change from both local impacts and global climate change. Photo by @renan_ozturk#fromkurilswithlove @tedhesser @chrisburkard @taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @bigdaddivladi @ollyru99 @_ryanhill_ @povel @e_kaspersky @donreverendo @tomorrow_unlocked#climatechange #nature #environment  #earth #globalwarminf #oceans
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The island of Ushishir on the Kuril Chain is a volcanic caldera poking its head above the surface. It’s beautiful to think of its foundations somewhere deep beneath the surface of our ocean, like its legs are sitting in another world entirely. The water inside the caldera is exchanged only intermittently with the surrounding ocean when the tide is high or storms are surging. There is abundant hydrothermal activity here, including the hot springs we managed to dip into for a bit. More interestingly, the abundance of nutrients here from the hydrothermal activity makes it a super weird ecosystem. No big fish or marine fauna. Just small little critters who have found ways to survive in this pretty extreme environment . As far as I can tell there has only ever been one rigorous study of it done here. It would be a perfect place for a ecological station to conduct research... the lack of data in the region also makes it really difficult to figure out how this place will change from both local impacts and global climate change. Photo by @renan_ozturk #fromkurilswithlove @tedhesser @chrisburkard @taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @bigdaddivladi @ollyru99 @_ryanhill_ @povel @e_kaspersky @donreverendo @tomorrow_unlocked #climatechange #nature #environment #earth #globalwarminf #oceans

July 2019
Out here the only time that exists is the weather. This is new to me because when you're at sea as a scientist you have a fixed schedule and often work regardless if the sun is out of not. This isn't the case as a storyteller. When the sun is out , from the moment the sun goes up until well after it goes down I see all these artists grinding out work. 20 hour days to capture whatever is graced by the clear skies we've managed to get in this place notorious for being bathed in fog and rain and snow. It's a different way of experiencing ecosystems than I'm used to, a different way of trying to understand them. It's a different way of trying to see what "forms" a place. And when the clouds finally roll in, everyone finally takes a moment to truly reflect on the beauty of this place. To acknowledge what we have seen and experienced here. Until the next orca pops its head out of the water, and the scramble begins again. In the photo: @chrisburkard , @renan_ozturk , and @_ryanhill_ on a drone mission. #fromKurilswithLove@taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @povel@e_kaspersky @tedhesser @bigdaddivladi@donreverendo@ollyru99@tomorrow_unlocked#environment #nature #climatechange #science #storytelling
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Out here the only time that exists is the weather. This is new to me because when you're at sea as a scientist you have a fixed schedule and often work regardless if the sun is out of not. This isn't the case as a storyteller. When the sun is out , from the moment the sun goes up until well after it goes down I see all these artists grinding out work. 20 hour days to capture whatever is graced by the clear skies we've managed to get in this place notorious for being bathed in fog and rain and snow. It's a different way of experiencing ecosystems than I'm used to, a different way of trying to understand them. It's a different way of trying to see what "forms" a place. And when the clouds finally roll in, everyone finally takes a moment to truly reflect on the beauty of this place. To acknowledge what we have seen and experienced here. Until the next orca pops its head out of the water, and the scramble begins again. In the photo: @chrisburkard , @renan_ozturk , and @_ryanhill_ on a drone mission. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @bigdaddivladi @donreverendo @ollyru99 @tomorrow_unlocked #environment #nature #climatechange #science #storytelling

July 2019
It's hard to describe the scale of this scene. Sun setting and tens of thousands of auklets dancing in airborne streams over the water. In every direction I turned there they were, celebrating the end of another day. They reminded me that living life with community and collaboration is the best way to make our way forward in this uncertain future.  In a way this trip is embelic of that. A mix of artists, scientists , storytellers, and much more working together because we believe in something similar. So many times we live our lives separately, in our own spaces hoping to make the places we care about just a little bit better. I truly believe this team can create the stories and structure to support this place in a way that is palpable. Many thanks to mother nature for the lessons you gift us if we take the time to listen. #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard@povel @jtkerby@alejandroarango13 @e_kaspersky@bigdaddivlady@tedhesser#nature #climatechange#environment #oceans #community
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It's hard to describe the scale of this scene. Sun setting and tens of thousands of auklets dancing in airborne streams over the water. In every direction I turned there they were, celebrating the end of another day. They reminded me that living life with community and collaboration is the best way to make our way forward in this uncertain future. In a way this trip is embelic of that. A mix of artists, scientists , storytellers, and much more working together because we believe in something similar. So many times we live our lives separately, in our own spaces hoping to make the places we care about just a little bit better. I truly believe this team can create the stories and structure to support this place in a way that is palpable. Many thanks to mother nature for the lessons you gift us if we take the time to listen. #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @povel @jtkerby @alejandroarango13 @e_kaspersky @bigdaddivlady @tedhesser #nature #climatechange #environment #oceans #community

July 2019
A lot of delayed pics on my end. Here is a a drone pic @renan_ozturk took a couple days back from a place where a nutrient rich river meets the sea and creates this unreal palette of colors. In the shot: our home for the trip, the Russian vessel Afina. #fromKurilswithLove@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard@jtkerby @povel@tomorrow_unlocked @e_kaspersky@tedhesser
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A lot of delayed pics on my end. Here is a a drone pic @renan_ozturk took a couple days back from a place where a nutrient rich river meets the sea and creates this unreal palette of colors. In the shot: our home for the trip, the Russian vessel Afina. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @jtkerby @povel @tomorrow_unlocked @e_kaspersky @tedhesser

July 2019
This place began with a collision of continents. It gives me chills to think about. This smashing of tectonic plates together were the volcanic ingredients that birthed these islands. And with their birth they came to harbor an incredible amount of life. But with that, sometimes, comes the death of things. Shipwrecked vessels cast aside on their rugged shores. Colonies of sea lions wiped out by eruptions that happened as recently as a couple weeks ago. Birds engulfed by ash and fumes. The only thing constant in a place like this is change. A dynamic duality of both beauty and terror. This place is life. This place is death. It is everything in between. What is to come of it in the future? What is our role in that? #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @povel @chrisburkard @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @donreverendo #nature #ecology #climate #climatechange #geology #environment
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This place began with a collision of continents. It gives me chills to think about. This smashing of tectonic plates together were the volcanic ingredients that birthed these islands. And with their birth they came to harbor an incredible amount of life. But with that, sometimes, comes the death of things. Shipwrecked vessels cast aside on their rugged shores. Colonies of sea lions wiped out by eruptions that happened as recently as a couple weeks ago. Birds engulfed by ash and fumes. The only thing constant in a place like this is change. A dynamic duality of both beauty and terror. This place is life. This place is death. It is everything in between. What is to come of it in the future? What is our role in that? #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @povel @chrisburkard @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @donreverendo #nature #ecology #climate #climatechange #geology #environment

July 2019
The humpbacks whales here surfaced all around our inflatable boat. It was quiet and the only sound was the noise of the whales popping out the water and exhaling, as if they themselves were the lungs of the ocean. The marine ecosystem here in the Kurils are a bit of a mystery. Not just to me, it seems, but to everyone. For months I dug into research about this place and found just the bare skeleton of understanding of this place. The indigenous community here, the Ainu, and their traditional knowledge of the area have long been displaced from these islands. The scientific community has barely scratched the surface of this hard to reach place. But what strikes me is how important it is. The waters here are fed from the Arctic. The flow into the icy Sea of Okhotsk, turning into a frozen world of sea ice for much of the year. Then, in the spring, this waters get mixed and become rich in nutrients that help give life to much of the North Pacific. How will this place change? Increasing fishing pressures will play a role. So will changing climatic regimes because of global warming. But how these will play out in this place is unclear and mostly unknown. For now, it remains one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and I can't stop asking myself how we can keep it this way for all the people who call it home. @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @tedhesser @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky #nature #climatechsnge #oceans #environment #ecology #global warming
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The humpbacks whales here surfaced all around our inflatable boat. It was quiet and the only sound was the noise of the whales popping out the water and exhaling, as if they themselves were the lungs of the ocean. The marine ecosystem here in the Kurils are a bit of a mystery. Not just to me, it seems, but to everyone. For months I dug into research about this place and found just the bare skeleton of understanding of this place. The indigenous community here, the Ainu, and their traditional knowledge of the area have long been displaced from these islands. The scientific community has barely scratched the surface of this hard to reach place. But what strikes me is how important it is. The waters here are fed from the Arctic. The flow into the icy Sea of Okhotsk, turning into a frozen world of sea ice for much of the year. Then, in the spring, this waters get mixed and become rich in nutrients that help give life to much of the North Pacific. How will this place change? Increasing fishing pressures will play a role. So will changing climatic regimes because of global warming. But how these will play out in this place is unclear and mostly unknown. For now, it remains one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and I can't stop asking myself how we can keep it this way for all the people who call it home. @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @tedhesser @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky #nature #climatechsnge #oceans #environment #ecology #global warming

chrisburkard Beautifully said !

chrisburkard Beautifully said !

July 2019
Another cellphone pic from the Kurils. I've been feeling both in my element and out of it on this trip, in the best way possible. Out in nature, working collaboratively and collectively, and trying to create a narrative that does justice to this place and the people who care deeply about it. I'm here in part as a scientist who trying to find ways to introduce meaningful narratives about the ecological and climatic changes this place is being thrust in to. I'm also trying my best to support and learn from a brilliant team of storytellers who are way, WAY more experienced than I am. I've been doing science for a long as I can remember, so that way of thinking comes easily to me by now. But here, I'm basically starting from scratch. Super humbled to be able learn through trial by error in a place like this, with people as talented as they are here. Even more grateful that they give me chances to fail even though the stakes are high to get things right. It's those places where the most growth happens, and wow... What a classroom to learn in. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @tedhesser @tomorrow_unlocked @povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @_ryanhill_
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Another cellphone pic from the Kurils. I've been feeling both in my element and out of it on this trip, in the best way possible. Out in nature, working collaboratively and collectively, and trying to create a narrative that does justice to this place and the people who care deeply about it. I'm here in part as a scientist who trying to find ways to introduce meaningful narratives about the ecological and climatic changes this place is being thrust in to. I'm also trying my best to support and learn from a brilliant team of storytellers who are way, WAY more experienced than I am. I've been doing science for a long as I can remember, so that way of thinking comes easily to me by now. But here, I'm basically starting from scratch. Super humbled to be able learn through trial by error in a place like this, with people as talented as they are here. Even more grateful that they give me chances to fail even though the stakes are high to get things right. It's those places where the most growth happens, and wow... What a classroom to learn in. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @tedhesser @tomorrow_unlocked @povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @_ryanhill_

July 2019
The weather in the Kuril Islands is some of the most rainy , snowy, and foggy in the world. Somehow as we approached Onekotan Island, though, the skies were completely clear. With packs brimming with gear to capture the moment, our team jumped into Zodiacs carrying us into the black sand beach so common in this volcanic island chain. We headed up the remnants of an old Soviet pathup to the rim of a crater lake that calls this island home. The 24 hours on this island were among the most insane in my life, as I tried to take hold of the moment, learn as much as I can about this world of film and photo from @renan_ozturk and @taylorfreesolo, and marvel in the wildness of this place. All the while the sky stayed clear with streams of fog spinning past us in the valleys below. In the background  @chrisburkard @tedhesser and @_ryanhill worked like madmen late into the night to capture the beauty of this island. We left with blistered feet, sore backs and knees, a bit exhausted, and a whole lot of gratitude to have a chance to experience this place that is so hard to reach. (Another pic by cell phone). #fromKurilswithLove@povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky
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The weather in the Kuril Islands is some of the most rainy , snowy, and foggy in the world. Somehow as we approached Onekotan Island, though, the skies were completely clear. With packs brimming with gear to capture the moment, our team jumped into Zodiacs carrying us into the black sand beach so common in this volcanic island chain. We headed up the remnants of an old Soviet pathup to the rim of a crater lake that calls this island home. The 24 hours on this island were among the most insane in my life, as I tried to take hold of the moment, learn as much as I can about this world of film and photo from @renan_ozturk and @taylorfreesolo, and marvel in the wildness of this place. All the while the sky stayed clear with streams of fog spinning past us in the valleys below. In the background @chrisburkard @tedhesser and @_ryanhill worked like madmen late into the night to capture the beauty of this island. We left with blistered feet, sore backs and knees, a bit exhausted, and a whole lot of gratitude to have a chance to experience this place that is so hard to reach. (Another pic by cell phone). #fromKurilswithLove @povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky

July 2019
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