Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she’s running 150 miles through three of our National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands. She will be accompanied by running companions – who represent diverse perspectives in what it means to be a public land owner.
Conservationists are no longer reading Walden and hanging on the words of John Muir. Women, people of color, indigenous peoples and their knowledges and perspectives have been ignored in the conservation conversation. That is changing. The face of conservation is changing. The voices involved are changing.
Those voices are speaking a new language and this is a new story. A story about land access told through a journey of empowerment. It is also a story about love – love for community, love for our country, and love for the spaces that have miraculously transformed the lives of these runners.
This short film is meant to act as both a powerful encouragement for those in the fight to find their place in the conservation effort and a tool to start these much-needed connections and conversations around public lands across our country.
An adventure and documentary filmmaker based in Truckee, California, Chelsea’s work is focused on social and environmental causes. With a background in graphic communications and design, her goal is to give an approachable voice to these important issues through a unique style of purposeful and creative storytelling. Chelsea’s most recent work based around developing tribal economies and carbon offsetting has been featured as a center piece at the United Nation’s Equator Prize ceremony. Some of her creative partners and clients include Patagonia, Merrell, CBC, Peak Design, Moonhouse, Yeti, Yakima, and Rivian.
Whit is a filmmaker and aerial videographer based in the Pacific Northwest. With a love for wild places and a passion for environmental advocacy and social consciousness, she has contributed her unique aerial and on- the-ground perspectives to a variety of brands and organizations including Patagonia, Yeti, Earthjustice, Nature Conservancy and Ocean Conservancy. With a background in ecology and conservation, she has shifted focus to communicate the human stories that tie us to our landscapes, and the power of film to ignite change.
Faith is a creative producer passionate about sharing contemporary stories from diverse communities. Throughout her studies at Yale University and the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, she has focused on representation and global citizenship. Working at the Discovery Channel piqued her interest in environmental documentary programming and environmental advocacy for the protection of at risk communities.
An avid runner who has always loved spending time outside, she left Discovery to travel the world with Columbia Sportswear. During a year of new experiences and adventures, she developed a sense of responsibility for the protection of our public lands.