• Sowing seeds for justice, from church gardens to the campaign trail

    Michelle Estelle Lewis ties together seemingly disparate identities with the threads of faith, justice and environmental stewardship.

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  • Melissa Cronin and Erika Zavaleta standing together on a sunny balcony

    Making science safe for everyone: fellows launch FieldFutures

    Co-founded by Melissa Cronin and Erika Zavaleta, FieldFutures works to prevent harassment and assault in field settings.

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  • A Kiwikiu, a small greenish yellow bird with a hooked beak, sits on a branch.

    Plan to save Hawaiʻi's forest birds engages community from the outset

    Mosquito control plan to stop avian malaria builds on community engagement, led in part by Switzer Fellows.

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The book cover for Kaiȧulu: Gathering Tides

The InCommon Podcast recently interviewed Switzer Fellow Mehana Blaich Vaughan, exploring the themes and stories illuminated in her book Kaiȧulu: Gathering Tides. The discussion ranges from Mehana’s memories of crafting lei with her grandmother, to describing kuleana and other related terms that “form a network of understanding for a worldview that is quite different from the dominant bureaucratized, westernized position.”

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May 17, 2023
"You can go for a walk and under your feet are millions of seeds just sitting there in the seed bank. That potential for beauty in a landscape that is otherwise essentially barren in a non-good year is so freaking cool.”Read more >
May 17, 2023
Tying together geology, ecology, biology, soil, evolution, conservation, and more, Noah Charney’s new book shows how and why landscapes appear in their current forms.Read more >
May 17, 2023
“The Eco Fair is a way for us to celebrate Earth Day and to teach environmental science concepts… [it] encourages students to think about solutions to environmental issues in a way that they themselves can impact and change the Earth positively.”Read more >
May 17, 2023
As environmental justice goes mainstream, advocates and practitioners must remain grounded in our political history and steadfast in our commitments to advancing outcomes and solutions, not just improving processes.Read more >

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