takayna: Running to Save a Rainforest

takayna / Tarkine in northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world, and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere. Yet this place, which remains largely as it was when dinosaurs roamed the planet, is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. Weaving together the conflicting narratives of activists, locals and Aboriginal communities, and told through the experiences of a trail running doctor and a relentless environmentalist, this documentary, presented by Patagonia Films, unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last truly wild places.

I’m certainly not an advanced athlete. I’m slow as anything; I wouldn’t say “lazy” up hills but I pace myself; my biomechanics are pretty shot, so my strengths definitely lie in my ability to handle discomfort and exhaustion. To stay the distance and keep going no matter what.

Nicole Anderson has the mindset we all need to adopt in order to successfully protect the places most important to us all.

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