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A girl with long black hair, wearing a bright orange life jacket takes a photograph with an SLR camera. Behind her are light grey waters, a rocky coastline, and a stand of evergreens.

Jennifer Cuyuch takes a photo while aboard a zodiac boat in Alaska on the 2022 Storyfest trip with Lindbald Expeditions. (Delaney Graham/SUNY-ESF)

George Washington University
Jennifer Cuyuch, one of our 2022 Storyfest travelers, shares her thoughts about the experience aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion for a week with Lindblad Expeditions.
Sr. Editor & Education Lead, Planet Forward
Part of the Planet Forward team has been traveling in Alaska with our wonderful partners, Lindblad Expeditions, and our 2022 Storyfest winners. Here's a preview of what they experienced!
Man stands in water holding a bushel of oysters in a net.

Michael Doall holds a bag of oysters in Shinnecock Bay, Long Island in the fall of 2021. He was part of an oyster reef monitoring project that also involved setting up a predator exclusion experiment to evaluate the effects of predation on hard clam restoration efforts. (Courtesy of Michael Doall)

Georgetown University
Through regenerative aquaculture, Michael Doall is using the ecosystem services of oysters and kelp to clean up our oceans and our plates.
Orange and red fires burns up from browning green grass below under a smokey blue sky.

(Matthias Fischer/Pixabay)

George Washington University
Wildfires are increasing in severity as climate change worsens, and our forests may not be able to grow back like they once could, scientists say.
Planet Forward
What does it mean when ground that has long remained frozen begins to thaw? How can communities respond to the shifting of their very foundations? Research scientist Kelsey Nyland explained at the 2022 Summit.
A researcher points out coral polyps growing on a net-like structure.

A researcher points out coral polyps growing at ONDA’s on-shore nursery facility in Florida. (Image courtesy of ONDA Design)

Northwestern University
ONDA Design is working to counteract coral disease and bleaching by developing technology for coral restoration and rehabilitation, Catherine Odom reports.
Student in a GW sweatshirt smiles while holding up a decorated blue water bottle.

Student shows off their newly decorated Didómi bottle. (Brian Bishop/Didómi)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
George Washington University kicked off its campaign to distribute 30,000 reusable water bottles to the GW community through a partnership with Didómi.
Planet Forward
Throughout his incredible life, Tom showed us that species depend on one another to survive, that biological diversity supports the web of all life, and that powerful narratives can drive meaningful change.
Person in mask sits in a church pew looks forward at a presentation. The presenter stands in front of a screen which reads "HOW INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHIES CAN SAVE THE WORLD."

Northwestern history professor Doug Kiel shares practices of Indigenous philosophy that can save the world as part of the Generations of Environmental Justice program in Vail Chapel. Kiel is a member of the Oneida nation of Wisconsin. (Catherine Odom/Medill)

Northwestern University
Earth Day was cold and rainy this year. But that did not stop the Northwestern University student organizers of Generations of Environmental Justice from hosting an all-night teach-out on April 22 and 23.
Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
The manatee population on Florida’s East coast has suffered from an “unusual mortality event” since December 2020. Wildlife officials and conservation groups have responded to the crisis with emergency policy innovations and lawsuits respectively.

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