May 10, 2020 | By:

Episode 47: Laiken Jordahl Documenting The Destruction Of The Borderlands

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Laiken Jordahl, Borderlands Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity

About Laiken

Laiken Jordahl, Borderlands Campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity, works to protect wildlife and communities across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands from border wall construction and militarization. Before joining the Center, Laiken worked with the National Park Service researching threats to wilderness character at five National Park Service wilderness areas. He studied the impacts of border activity on wilderness resources at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Big Bend National Park, which led him to become an advocate against border walls and militarization. Laiken has also worked as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, a bike mechanic, and a clam farmer in Washington State.


  • Border wall construction and its effects on wildland connectivity, water, communities, and wildlife
  • The laws that are being “waived” to construct the border wall by the Trump administration
  • Up close and personal with the wounds this wall construction is causing
  • What it’s like to be a “disaster tour guide”
  • What can be done about restoring the wildlands affected by the wall once Trump is out

Extra Credit

Follow Laiken on Twitter

Read Laiken’s article:Trump’s wall is destroying the environment we worked to protect

“Imagine dedicating your entire life to protecting a place. Then imagine watching everything you’ve worked to protect be bulldozed by a desperate, self-serving president.

That’s what’s happening right now to career scientists and conservationists at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on Arizona’s border with Mexico.

I used to work there too. It breaks my heart.” [Read more…]

The tweet that really got me and made up my mind that Laiken needed to be our next guest on Rewilding Earth podcast:

Spread Rewilding Around the Globe!
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