Save Our Wild Selves: Love in an Age of Extinction

Special Guest: Steve Hawley

This talk will parse the joys and sorrows of my 20 years as an environmental activist. Even a casual glance at what’s happening to the planet reveals that most environmental causes and campaigns are failing. In biology, it is worth noting that most organisms, most species (if not all, eventually) fail—that is, they go extinct. “Success,” at least in its most standard definitions, may not be an adequate response to life. What might be some compelling (or even inspiring) reasons to persist in “fighting the good fight” in spite of the long odds against winning?

Steven Hawley is an environmental journalist and activist focused for the past twenty years on Snake River salmon, the lower Snake dams and, most recently, the endangered chinook salmon-dependent southern resident orcas of the Salish Sea. He is author of “Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities” and scriptwriter of the 2019 documentary “Dammed to Extinction.”


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