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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kennedy runs the Seeds of Hope Project Disaster Relief Center, which provides aid to people displaced by Hurricane Matthew: we talk with Adrienne and some of the people she helps. Jorden Revels is a 19-year-old activist and member of the Lumbee Nation in North Carolina, and he talks about his own journey home. 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, which works to get her home state onto 100% clean energy.
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.
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 their families.
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 the Birthplace of Rivers, hear stories from people who -- each in their own way -- support the natural world that sustains them, their memories, livelihood and culture.
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.
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.
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.
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 means to be from North Carolina.
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, is working for 100 percent clean energy -- and making progress. Tom & Sandra Clark, grandparents from North Carolina, are trying to preserve their home for their grandchildren. And Amy Mercado and Vic Torres, a father-daughter team from Florida, are fighting to be sure America take care of its people.
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 why they think their community was chosen for this station, and what that means to them.
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 property.
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, starting back in 2013. Behind it all? Duke Energy and Dominion Resources, two giant energy companies looking to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would pumped fracked gas through the heart of the Southeast, threatening a river of deep cultural significance to the Lumbee Tribe, a historic African American neighborhood in Virginia, and family farms from West Virginia to North Carolina. But from the mountains of West Virginia to Robeson County, North Carolina, people in communities are uniting to fight back, in a defining struggle for environmental justice.