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Hi, my name is McKay! Welcome to the Sustainable Climber Podcast, a one of a kind open mic podcast where I and hopefully others will speak our written word, including poetry, music and short essays about a sustainable future on planet earth; all from the lenses of climbers and other wilderness dwellers alike. I found my passion for preserving and protecting the earth's wildness from escaping into the vertical wilderness through rock climbing. Since being re-introduced to climbing as a 21 year old I've found that my desire to be an environmental advocate has grown simultaneously with my desire to climb. This desire has lead me to use my voice in various ways to make a real difference in the trajectory of our future as human beings and climbers on our beautiful home; planet earth. One of those ways is this podcast which I hope will be a place I can share my thoughts, feelings and anxieties about all this stuff. Like I said at the beginning, this is an open mic podcast. Think of it as an actual open mic night at your favorite coffee shop. Please share your thoughts, feelings and anxieties with me in whatever art form you'd like and I will share them on the podcast as if you were here with me, standing up at the mic, letting your voice be heard.

The Sustainable Climber Podcast McKay Williams

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Hi, my name is McKay! Welcome to the Sustainable Climber Podcast, a one of a kind open mic podcast where I and hopefully others will speak our written word, including poetry, music and short essays about a sustainable future on planet earth; all from the lenses of climbers and other wilderness dwellers alike. I found my passion for preserving and protecting the earth's wildness from escaping into the vertical wilderness through rock climbing. Since being re-introduced to climbing as a 21 year old I've found that my desire to be an environmental advocate has grown simultaneously with my desire to climb. This desire has lead me to use my voice in various ways to make a real difference in the trajectory of our future as human beings and climbers on our beautiful home; planet earth. One of those ways is this podcast which I hope will be a place I can share my thoughts, feelings and anxieties about all this stuff. Like I said at the beginning, this is an open mic podcast. Think of it as an actual open mic night at your favorite coffee shop. Please share your thoughts, feelings and anxieties with me in whatever art form you'd like and I will share them on the podcast as if you were here with me, standing up at the mic, letting your voice be heard.

    Ep. 3: The Desert is Calling

    Ep. 3: The Desert is Calling

    On this episode I share my poem, The Desert is Calling, that I wrote after recent bikepacking trip in the desert of southern Utah. I share a bit of my history with Utah as well as my frustration with the way Utah politicians have handled public land and indigenous land management. 

    Here are some links to organizations that you can get involved with to protect America's public lands as well as contemporary indigenous issues:

    Patagonia Action Works
    https://www.patagonia.com/actionworks/home/choose-location/

    The Access Fund
    https://www.accessfund.org/take-action/campaigns

    Outdoor Alliance
    https://www.outdooralliance.org/

    Protect Our Winters
    https://protectourwinters.org/join-team-pow/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwr-SSBhC9ARIsANhzu174NT_iYww34cgnQO-0Kl17-MyFm-1x_nX-7HwbzQQF-avRJfG1nVMaAlCKEALw_wcB

    Natives Outdoors
    https://natives-outdoors.com/

    Indigenous Climate Action
    https://www.indigenousclimateaction.com/

    Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition 
    https://www.bearsearscoalition.org/

    The Desert is Calling Poem:

    The desert is calling
    From its deep red heart 
    Cathedrals and temples towering 
    It is there our dreams start
    What a delicate ecosystem
    Of sand, sage and spirit
    We must change our own system 
    If we want to protect it
    For desert dwellers
    It feels like a home
    Whether a climber, runner or peddler
    We make it our own
    The desert is sacred
    A space to be shared 
    Not to be divided by greed and hatred 
    A place for hearts to be mended and souls repaired

    Original Artwork by McKay Williams
    Music by Sugar Lime Blue

    • 30 min

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