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Simon Jackson

D. Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson founded the 6 million-strong Spirit Bear Youth Coalition in the process of helping create the largest land protection measure in North American history.

For his efforts, Simon was named a Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine and was the inspiration for a made-for-TV movie, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story.

Today, Simon is focused on putting forward a multi-partisan, 21st Century vision for the environment as a speaker and strategist; as well as co-running Ghost Bear Photography, which seeks to help people fall in-love with nature again. |
Hope Decoded: A Social Science Experiment Gone

Hope Decoded: A Social Science Experiment Gone Right

No one person or one group has the capability to solve hopelessness in our society, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. How do we begin to tackle an issue as all encompassing and unwieldy as hopel...
04/23/2015 05:43 EDT
The Importance of Tackling mog via Getty Images

The Importance of Tackling Hopelessness

Why can't we seek a world where we rise to the occasion and confront our failings as a society? Why can't we demand better of ourselves and of our communities to create a place where all life is respected? Why can't the ingenuity of the human brain -- and limitlessness of the human heart -- foster a world where hope triumphs over hopelessness?
03/04/2015 05:39 EST
Why I Love Shooting Bears (With My PA

Why I Love Shooting Bears (With My Camera)

But within communities of passionate wildlife advocates, few topics are as divisive as the perception of wildlife photography. And for good reason. Yes, at times wildlife photography can hurt the subjects we're trying to capture. But seeing bears in the wild is a remarkable experience and positive bear (and wildlife) encounters are critical to creating a culture that appreciates and supports balanced conservation.
04/08/2014 12:36 EDT
Spirit Bears Are Safe Thanks to Youth Todd Mintz via Getty Images

Spirit Bears Are Safe Thanks to Youth Leaders

The campaign to save the spirit bear is a full-fledged movement, owned not by the Youth Coalition, but by millions around the world. And having done all we can to take the issue this far, it is up to all of us, as individuals, to take on the responsibility of continuing to make sure that the spirit bear isn't just safe, but will forever be wild and free.
04/01/2014 10:38 EDT