Soul River Inc will work in collaboration with the Gwich’in community to protect rugged landscapes, adventure through story and culture, witness nature’s global conditions, awaken our voice, stand sideby-side as youth leaders and veterans assist in making a lasting supportive change. We will establish an environmental, educational basecamp to engage, build, and advocate for one of our planet’s few remaining pristine ecosystems - the Arctic.
This deployment is the pinnacle of joint efforts, combining veterans and young leaders of tomorrow into a folding partnership with the Gwich’in community. Through a cultural immersion and environmental engagement, SRI will lead a joint task effort into building and developing a constructional experience based on needs of the Gwich’in community. This deployment will essentially reveal a larger, more communal image of this Arctic tribal community’s reality due to global warming. We will implement an interactive, non-traditional classroom in the village where SRI will observe and discuss concerning issues and gross impacts both environmentally and socially, with the Gwich’in community. SRI will partner with conservation and environmental justice influencers, such as members of the Wilderness Society and USFW allies, to build a bridge between SRI youth leaders and congressional leaders and policy change-makers. Together, we will be the voice in the Lower 48 for the Gwich’in community in order to support the efforts of protecting the Arctic and it’s refuge system.
• Take grassroot efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues
• Create links among Gwich’in youth and community and SRI youth and community.
• Discuss impacts of climate change, wildlife, ecosystems, culture, etc.
• Instill community-building leadership skills in youth
• Build and repair side-by-side amongst multiple, diverse communities
• Apply conservation-minded practices
• Provide a platform for public policy and advocacy (post-deployment)