The Land I Trust

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The Land I Trust, an audio series by the Sierra Club, tells stories of special places under threat by dirty energy -- and how the transition to clean energy is benefiting people and the homes they hold dear. In our first series, we travel through the...Show More

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The Overstory: Coming Soon

01:01 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Coming soon: a new podcast from Sierra Club. The Overstory brings listeners some of the most surprising, heartfelt, and provocative stories from across the American landscape. With each episode our reporters go beyond the latest news headlines as the...Show More

S2, Ep.4: Earth

10:43 | Aug 16th, 2018

Mishka Banuri, a teen activist, talks about working in Utah to fight climate change -- and the interfaith conference that inspired her. In Carbon County, Utah, coal gives the county its name. Gabriel Hunt, a fourth generation coal miner in East Carbo...Show More

S 2 Ep. 3: Wind

11:39 | Aug 8th, 2018

Aaron Cage and Gabriel Hunt share what it was like to work in the oil, gas, and coal industries. Aaron talks about changing to wind energy.

S 2 Ep. 2: Fire

12:35 | Aug 8th, 2018

Vickie Simmons and Patty Gladstone discuss the impact of coal and fire on their communities and families.

S 2 Ep. 1: Water

13:28 | Aug 8th, 2018

Krystal Two Bulls and Percy Deal share their stories about the harm of coal on their reservations' water supplies.

My Story: Aaron Cage on transitioning to renewables

01:40 | Aug 8th, 2018

Aaron Cage moved to Colorado to work in the oil and gas industry. But it wasn’t long before he made the switch to working in wind energy. Here, he talks about what led him to change jobs.

My Story: Gabriel Hunt on rapping his way out of coal

03:07 | Aug 8th, 2018

Gabriel Hunt is a fourth-generation coal miner living in Carbon County, Utah. He’s also a hip-hop artist. In this piece, he remembers using his rapping skills to quit his job in the mines.

My Story: Kayla Molloy, 8-year old climate activist

03:53 | Aug 8th, 2018

Kayla Molloy is an 8-year-old climate activist. Here, she talks to her mom, Rachel, about how she got into activism, and what she likes best about planet Earth.

My Story: Krystal Two Bulls, 4th generation water protector

03:34 | Aug 8th, 2018

Krystal Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota / Northern Cheyenne activist from Lame Deer, Montana. She visits Crazy Head Springs, a source of natural spring water on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, to talk about her work to protect the land.

My Story: Larry Dozier on faith for environmental justice

05:18 | Aug 8th, 2018

Larry Dozier is the pastor of St Johns United Methodist Church in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Here, he talks about how outsiders view Watts, and his efforts to improve his community by installing solar panels at his church.

My Story: Mishka Banuri, Muslim climate activist

02:16 | Aug 8th, 2018

Mishka Banuri is a 17-year old student in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this piece, she talks about being one of the young people who got Utah to pass a climate resolution—and how her faith informs her activism.

My Story: Patty Gladstone teaching hope and change to kids

03:21 | Aug 8th, 2018

Patty Gladstone is a junior high math and science teacher in Seely Lake, Montana. Here, she talks about the challenge of teaching young people about climate change—and how recent wildfires have affected her community and her family.

My Story: Richard Grant on wind making him money

02:47 | Aug 8th, 2018

Richard Grant raises cattle on his family ranch in Wyoming. Wind is not always a rancher’s friend—it can chill newborn calves and blow away hay. But in this piece, Richard talks about how he found a way to make the wind work for him.

My Story: Vickie Simmons, out of sight, out of mind community of color

02:59 | Aug 8th, 2018

Vickie Simmons lives on the Moapa Reservation in Nevada, not far from Las Vegas. Here, she talks about the impacts that a nearby coal mine has had on her and her family.

My Story: Percy Deal on dirty coal's harm to the Navajo Reservation

02:41 | Jul 16th, 2018

Percy Deal lives on the Navajo Reservation, just south of the Peabody Energy coal mine. In this special preview of Season Two of The Land I Trust, he talks about how dirty coal has impacted his life, the lives of his people, and his hopes for the fu...Show More

My Story: Rick Cauley, high school football coach concerned about climate

03:08 | Dec 17th, 2017

Rick Cauley has been playing & coaching football since he was four years old. He now teaches history and coaches football at Satsuma High School in Alabama. Here, he talks about what football means to Alabama, and how the sport will reckon with risin...Show More

My Story: Rodney Lyons, Alabama fisherman, on changes in the oceans

03:13 | Dec 17th, 2017

Rodney Lyons has lived in the fishing community of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, for generations. A former fisherman, he now runs a seafood business. Here, he talks about the changes he’s noticed in the oceans.

My Story: Justin Raines on working in & leaving the fossil fuel industry

02:50 | Dec 17th, 2017

Justin Raines is a sixth-generation West Virginian, and worked in the oil and gas industry for 12 years, including working on a drilling rig. Here, he talks about how he decided to leave that industry.

S 1 Ep. 4: Home

13:12 | Dec 17th, 2017

This episode is about home, and all that word can mean. We’ll hear from a woman who lost her home due to climate change, a young man who used to hate his home, and … a super hero from Florida fighting for clean energy, one home at a time. Adrienne Ke...Show More

My Story: Susan Glickman, Clean Energy Girl

02:52 | Dec 13th, 2017

Susan Glickman was born in Tampa, Florida, and has been working to fight climate change since the 1990s. Here, she talks about trying to get Florida to change from fossil fuels to solar power—and about her secret identity.

My Story: Amy Mercado & Victor Torres, Florida's father-daughter duo

03:52 | Dec 13th, 2017

Representative Amy Mercado and Senator Victor Manuel Torres, Jr, are the first father-daughter Latino pair to serve in Florida’s government. Here, they talk about how recent extreme weather in Florida and Puerto Rico has impacted their state and the...Show More

S 1 Ep. 3: Water

15:04 | Dec 13th, 2017

Water sustains us. But from the endangered rivers of West Virginia, to the coal-polluted tap water of Goldsboro, North Carolina to the warming Alabama bayou, our waters are increasingly threatened by dirty energy. From fishing families to people from...Show More

My Story: Adrienne Kennedy, Fighting For Climate Refugees

02:58 | Dec 11th, 2017

Adrienne Kennedy of Robeson County, North Carolina runs the Seeds of Hope Project Disaster Relief Center, which provides aid to people displaced by Hurricane Matthew. Here, she talks about what home means to her.

My Story: Jorden Revels, Lumbee Nation's 19 year old activist

02:26 | Dec 11th, 2017

Jorden Revels is a 19-year-old activist and member of the Lumbee Nation in North Carolina. He talks about how the river could be disrupted by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

My Story: Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, SC on 100% Clean Energy

02:19 | Dec 11th, 2017

Steve Benjamin is the mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. Here, he talks about the connection between climate change and his effort to make his city reliant on 100% renewable energy—and what that means for his family and his future.

My Story: Lifelong North Carolinian Johnny Gurley on coal ash

03:08 | Dec 11th, 2017

Lifelong North Carolina resident Johnny Gurley's drinking water is contaminated by coal ash—a coal power byproduct, stored in pits, that can easily leak into the groundwater. Here, he talks about what that means for him and his health, and what it m...Show More

S 1 Ep. 2: Generations

12:42 | Dec 11th, 2017

Southerners pass down traditions, stories and -- hopefully -- a better world to their children. The family stories in this episode come from people trying to do just that. Steve Benjamin, the first African American mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, ...Show More

My Story: Ruby & John Laury of Buckingham County, Virginia on environmental justice

03:01 | Dec 11th, 2017

Ruby and John Laury live in Buckingham County, Virginia, in Union Hill—a predominantly African-American community where Dominion Energy plans to build a compressor station as part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Here, Ruby & John talk about ...Show More

My Story: Blair Campbell, West Virginia Family Farmer

02:56 | Dec 11th, 2017

Blair Campbell’s land in Randolph County, West Virginia, has been in her family for generations. But the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline could cut right through her family’s 480-acre farm. Here, she and her daughter, Penelope, age 9, visit their p...Show More

S 1 Ep. 1: The Pipeline

16:02 | Dec 11th, 2017

Imagine one day you get a letter in the mail. This letter, from a huge corporation, demands your land -- land that's been in your family for generations. This is what happened to Marvin Winstead, Blair Campbell, John and Ruby Laury and many others, s...Show More

Prologue: Take a Trip Through The Land I Trust

02:13 | Dec 1st, 2017

Welcome to The Land I Trust, a brand new audio storytelling project brought to you by the Sierra Club. In this series, we travel through the American South to talk with folks about the dirty energy projects that threaten their homes and the work they...Show More