Media Coverage

COMMENTARY: Sustain renewable resources, strengthen public process

December 7, 2016 – ADN

Alaska has been in crisis for the past several years — brought about by a failed financial model and a lack of long-term vision. Alaskans, including myself, are frustrated by a lack of solutions in addressing this crisis, and on Nov. 8 we voted for new state leadership. Alaska now has a state House that will work for solutions, which will be vital as the federal landscape shifts under the president-elect. [read more]

Protesters give “eviction notice” to coal mine planned 45 miles outside Anchorage

December 4, 2016 – KTUU

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) A protest in downtown Anchorage called on the State of Alaska to step in to stop the development of a coal mine 45 miles west of the city.

The applicants behind the Chuitna Coal Project have been working through their current permit with the Department of Natural Resources for at least a decade. Officials behind the project with PacRim Coal LP said the financial benefits and job opportunities from development could be huge for Alaska but protesters maintain any disruption to critical salmon habitat is not worth it. [read more]

COMMENTARY: Don’t let coal mine ruin salmon stream

December 2, 2016 – News-Miner Community Perspective:

As a born and raised Alaskan, I spent my summers dipnetting on the Kenai River and fly fishing on Resurrection Creek. I recall the smell of fish at the dock as my younger siblings and I fell into an assembly line, picking and filleting fish with the easy air of old fishermen. I remember the sizzle of fat on the grill as the bellies of silver salmon turned a succulent pink color that flaked apart in my fingers. For me, salmon came to mean summertime and good food.

This past summer, at 16, I spent a month living out of my kayak in Southeast Alaska, and salmon came to mean something new to me. After setting up home for the night, I would head out a few hundred feet from shore and drop a line from my hand reel. As I waited, I would listen to the silence of Alaska’s wild, knowing that I was in a place as untamed as it gets. I wouldn’t wait long before I was jolted from my wondering by a bite on the line, accompanied by whoops of excitement from my friends preparing a buttered skillet on shore as I reeled in the fish. After I returned to my home in Anchorage, salmon dinners recalled memories of the complete and untouched wilderness I experienced on that trip, and the awe inspired by the wilds of Alaska. [read more]

SPECTRUM: Young Alaskans excited for Ballot Measure 1

November 6, 2016 – Frontiersman

As a young Alaskan, I can’t overstate the importance of young people registering to vote and engaging in our elections. We are the next generation of leaders and deserve to have our voices heard on matters concerning our future.

Nonetheless, for people my age the process of registering to vote can be daunting. Without the guidance of friends, families, or mentors, many of my peers do not even know where to begin. Alaska needs to simplify this process and remove barriers for underrepresented populations, including people in my age group! [read more]


STUDENT VIEWS: Young people crucially important in this election

November 4, 2016 – Frontiersman

After almost two years of presidential candidates campaigning, politicians stumping, provoking national conversations, and endless drama, the time has come: it’s almost election day.  November 8th is upon us , and millions are preparing to exercise a long-venerated freedom to vote. The importance of young people in this election cannot be understated- we will play a huge role in determining the outcomes of the election as well as strengthening our democratic institutions. [read more]


Early Voting Begins in Anchorage

October 24, 2016 – KTUU

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Two Unalaska Teens Work to Make a Difference at Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Summit

September 12, 2016 – KUCB

Cade Terada and Brian Conwell, traveled along with 19 other youth from across the state to Chugiak, Alaska to attend an Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) summit.

AYEA is a youth led organization that was started in 1998 by six environmentally driven teens in Anchorage. Since then, it has grown into a statewide organization that has worked on many important environmental issues in the state of Alaska, such as the Pebble Mine. AYEA has been successful at encouraging youth to get involved in the political process, training youth on how to effect change, and creating lifelong friendships between participants. This year, there were 19 youth from 11 different communities at the summit. [read more]

Celebration of Alaska Wild Salmon Day includes emphatic ‘No’ to Chuitna coal

August 10, 2016 – ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS

I am Janie Standifer and I am 17 years old. I am from Tyonek, a village of 200 people right across the Inlet from Anchorage. We are Dena’ina Athabascan. Since I was little I watched my aunties and uncles cut fish. I helped prepare it for the smokehouse and for dinner. When I grew a little older I started cutting fish and pulling up nets with my family on the Chuitna River. Every summer I help with all this work, and it makes me happy because I know the salmon are returning home and we’ll have fresh fish for dinner. [read more]

New book features Alaska salmon stories

May 21, 2016 – Bristol Bay Times

“One of my first memories was when my grandma taught me when I around five years old to help pick fish out of the net,” he wrote in an email. “I wanted to let them go back into the water to survive. But she taught me the value of catching them—that they were there for us to eat and to sustain our family and people. Through that experience— I realized that we are truly Made of Salmon as the book title says. We’re not just made of salmon in the flesh— but culturally and spiritually too. I’ll never forget what my grandma, parents and family taught me about that. It’s why I’m fighting to protect our rich natural resources in Bristol Bay.”

Wilson, who has crewed commercially, now works as Bristol Bay Native Association’s director of natural resources. Wilson said he’s been telling the story of his relationship with salmon since he was a teen involved with the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. Wilson said that work led him to connect with Lord, the book’s editor, and eventually get involved in this project. But salmon also tied him to home when he attended college, and later graduate school, in New England. [read more]


Environment action critical to state’s future

May 10, 2016 – Fairbanks News Miner

For the past couple of months, the phrase “budget deficit” has been everywhere. In late March, I spent a week in our state’s capitol with a group of dedicated teenagers to talk about conservation with our legislators, but finances took priority in our discussions. Urgent environmental issues, especially the threat of climate change, are consistently neglected by Alaska’s politicians. As an 18-year-old whose future depends on this state’s well-being, it is shocking for me to witness people in power who are blind to the fact that Alaska’s environment and Alaska’s economy are dependent on each other. Because the climate and finances are intrinsically linked and must be considered with equal weight to ensure our state’s security, we must be proactive against climate change as we discuss the budget and the future of Alaska. [read more]

Massay draws national film festival, outdoor enthusiasts

November 10, 2015 – Frontiersman

PALMER — It’s no secret that Mat-Su College’s Glenn Massay Theater is quickly becoming a hot spot for entertainment.

As appropriate for a college, the theater also creates opportunities for education.

On Friday, Nov. 6, those two roles came together when the Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE) hosted the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, one of the longest running film festivals in the country. ACE staff selected 12 films from 61 available for the tour based on entertainment and educational value, as well as relevancy.  [read more]



Hometown U: Polaris students find plastic in Aleutian seabird bellies

October 5, 2015 – ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS 

“If only animals could talk,” said Veronica Padula, a UAA graduate student researching seabird decline in the Aleutian Islands, “then they could tell us what’s wrong with them.”

Instead, Padula and ecology professor Douglas Causey must take the long path to an answer — research that involves lengthy and stormy boat treks through the Aleutian archipelago right to its very tip, the Near Islands (so called because of how close they are to Russia). [read more]

Young Leaders Lend Their Voices on Culture, Climate Change

September 23, 2015 – INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

James Chilcote, Gwich’in Athabascan and a student at University of Alaska Fairbanks, worked with Alaska Youth for Environmental Action and the Alaska Wilderness League, and wants to keep the porcupine caribou safe from environmental harm.

Haley Fischer, Inupiat, is an accomplished Eskimo dancer, competes in the Native Youth Olympics, interned at Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, and participated in the Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress. [read more]

The Arctic Matters

September 15, 2015 – UAS WHALESONG

Recently, I attended the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference in Anchorage as an Arctic Youth Ambassador. Hundreds of scientists, activists, and international dignitaries gathered at the Dena’ina Center to discuss and learn about the many issues that face us in a changing Alaska and a changing Arctic.

I serve as one of five inaugural U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors that have brought the stories of our changing homes to world leaders. With the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Geographic we met with Secretary Kerry, Secretary Jewell, Senator Murkowski, and many other leaders to bring our diverse perspectives. This program is continuing for the next two years over the course of the U.S Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Ten to fifteen more ambassadors from around the state will join us to engage with the Arctic Council. [read more]

Volunteers clean up Anchorage parks and streams

September 13, 2015 – KTVA

ANCHORAGE – More than 300 miles of streams run though Anchorage. Each one supports a vibrant, and delicate, ecosystem. That’s why the Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE) hosts the Creek Cleanup.

“Our waterways in and around the municipality of Anchorage are some of the greatest pride and joy we have as residents of this city” said Polly Carr, who works for ACE. “And so keeping those natural assets preserved and healthy just makes Anchorage a better place to live.” [read more]

Teens Campaign for Climate Change Awareness

July 10, 2015 – KTBY

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action focus on one environmental issue each year. The 2014-2015 year was solely dedicated to climate change and will continue into next school year as well. Twenty high school aged teens have been involved in this year’s program, planning and conducting a statewide campaign since Fall of last year. [read more]

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Summer camp lets Alaska kids learn in the skies over Fire Island

July 9, 2015 – KTUU 

FIRE ISLAND — Summer camp Is an experience some kids will have during their childhood, and the Alaska Center for the Environment wants to see more kids create memories and learn through summer programs.

Trailside Discovery Camp strives to do that, giving local kids from all sorts of backgrounds a place to learn and grow when school is out, keeping kids engaged with hands-on activities. [read more]

Teens clean up Campbell Creek for baby salmon

June 26, 2015 – KTVA

ANCHORAGE – With rain coming down, most teenagers might be concerned about spending all morning outside, but not 13-year-old Mia Elias and her friends at Trailside Discovery Camp — they had work to do.

“We’re picking up trash and making sure the birds and the fish don’t eat it,” Elias said. [read more]

Photos: Little Campbell Creek cleanup

June 26, 2015 – Alaska Dispatch News

Students got down into the mud and water at Little Campbell Creek on Friday, June 27, to clean out garbage. The creek is home to baby salmon, but many don’t realize there is a creek at all because of its size. The students were part of Trailside Discovery Camp’s service project and were in the TNT (teacher naturalist in training) group. [view the slideshow]

Teens press for climate change task force

April 23, 2015 – KTOO/KYUK

A Yukon Kuskokwim Delta teen travelled to Juneau over his spring break to be part of the annual Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Civics and Conservation Summit. He and 21 others took their activism straight to the capitol building to ask Governor Bill Walker to create a climate change task force.

Joseph Phillips entered the program with one goal: help his community battle climate change. It wasn’t until just last year that he realized that this was an issue, but he says winters are getting warmer and in the summer there aren’t enough berries to go around. He says it’s hurting his people’s way of life. [read more]

Spotlight on Youth: Teens fight against climate change

April 3, 2015 – KTUU

Bending the ear of lawmakers, some local teens are demanding action when it comes to climate change. [watch the segment]