Brady Robinson is a climber and a leader of the outdoor recreation conservation movement. He serves as executive director of the Access Fund and chair of the Outdoor Alliance.
In the last few decades, support for conservation has been waning. Where will the future political and social support for conservation come from? Brady is part of the recent rise of human powered recreation groups within the more traditional conservation movement. Climbers and mountain bikers, he says, are a powerful force for changing the way we, as a nation, value our public lands. The new ways that people are connecting with nature will have a powerful impact on the future of conservation.
NOTE: On December 19, YouTube took down the original posting of my TEDx video because "its content violated YouTube's terms of service." This was apparently collateral damage from a widespread crackdown on artificially inflated view counts. The original YouTube version (youtube.com/watch?v=j8dT1w5sp74) had 26,497 views before it was taken down. I hope it is restored there soon, but until then you can view my talk here. You can read more about this on the blog of one of my fellow speakers: redheadwriting.com/missing-one-or-several-tedx-talks-from-youtube