The Bison and the Blackfeet

“The species biologists call Bison bison is known in the Blackfoot language as iinnii, in Arapaho as bii or heneecee, and in any Indigenous plains language as a synonym for life itself.”

Source: Sierra Magazine
Published: Jun 14, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,660 words)

John Muir in Native America

“Muir’s romantic vision obscured Indigenous ownership of the land—but a new generation is pulling away the veil.”

Source: Sierra Magazine
Published: Mar 2, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,210 words)

Once Upon a Tree

“Before a disastrous blight, the American chestnut was a keystone species in eastern forests. Could genetic engineering help bring it back?”

Source: Sierra Magazine
Published: Feb 25, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,685 words)

Nevertheless, They Persisted

The EPA approved a plan to pump enormous amounts of fracking wastewater under a rural Pennsylvania township, potentially poisoning residents’ groundwater and ruining their health and property values. The township has no public water service, only private wells. In opposition, residents created a Community Bill of Rights stating that “all residents of Grant Township, along with natural communities and ecosystems within the Township, possess the right to clean air, water, and soil.”

Source: Sierra Magazine
Published: Dec 17, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,615 words)

To Have or Not to Have Children in the Age of Climate Change

An environmental journalist struggles to reconcile her desire to be a mother with the effect procreation has on the warming planet she writes about.

Source: Sierra Magazine
Published: Nov 1, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,521 words)

Alaska’s Incredible Shrinking Village

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and for the 600 residents of Shishmaref, that means waves and erosion threaten to swallow the island.

Source: Sierra Magazine
Published: Jun 16, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,384 words)