We are two westerners returning to Utah after living in Washington D.C. for two years. Our "cultural exchange" with the Beltway made us appreciate what we took for granted living in the west--wild places, public land, and open space. Living inside the Beltway also taught us that if we want social change, we must participate in the process by raising our collective voices. That is why we are taking 350 miles worth of symbolic steps to urge our leaders to address climate change and protect wild places.
. Ryan Pleune, Teacher Ryan has spent too much time in the classroom. His mission is to get teachers and students outdoors and connected with their place in the ecological web of life. He tries to help community groups and leaders become involved in local schools because he believes that education is a public responsibility.
Jamie Pleune, Environmental Law Attorney Jamie is a sixth-generation Utahn. Until moving to Washington D.C., she had never lived more than a bike ride away from some type of public land. Her mission is to figure out a way for the legal system to recognize the inherent value of environmental health.