The Land I Trust
Summary: 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 American South to talk with folks about the coal that is fouling their air and water, the dirty energy projects they're fighting in their backyards, and a shared vision for a clean energy economy that allows all of our communities to thrive. From climate refugees to farming families, these Southerners generously sat down, walked, and canoed with us while sharing their truths. Travel with us through North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida to hear firsthand how much moving beyond coal and fracked gas matters to communities everywhere.
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 Carbon, talks about leaving the industry in the hopes that clean energy will lead to healthier communities and cleaner air. We meet Kayla Molloy, an 8-year-old fighting climate change, and her mother, Rachel, who combat air pollution and climate change in Washington state.
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.
Vickie Simmons and Patty Gladstone discuss the impact of coal and fire on their communities and families.
Krystal Two Bulls and Percy Deal share their stories about the harm of coal on their reservations' water supplies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 future. The Land I Trust is a storytelling project brought to you by the Sierra Club. In season two, we travel through the American West to talk with folks about the dirty energy projects that threaten their homes and the work they’re doing to build a clean energy economy that allows all of our communities to thrive. Hear all of the first-person stories from The Land I Trust at http://www.sc.org/stories.
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 rising temperatures.