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The 7th annual Ampersand LIVE
Credit: Courtesy of Forterra

Connection and restoration in the PNW, Ampersand-style

A recent poll found that 82% of voters want the United States to prioritize a transition to 100% clean energy. The vast majority of -- politically speaking -- a deeply divided nation support legislation to decarbonize the economy over the next few decades.

That seems optimistic. How will we get there?

In the Puget Sound region, part of the answer to that question is through the efforts of organizations like Forterra, a Washington-based land, resource and community stewardship nonprofit.

“We started as a land conservancy, but quickly learned that to save this place meant looking beyond our scenic landscapes. We will act with immediacy to protect, enhance, and steward the land and real estate that are the foundation of our region’s most precious resources—its communities and its ecosystems.”

Forterra publishes a biannual magazine called Ampersand.

“Ampersand celebrates people and place in the Pacific Northwest. It explores the scientific and the quirky found in our natural and built environments. It highlights the art, ideas and stories that elevate our region.”

Every year for seven years now, the magazine’s staff and contributors have put on Ampersand LIVE, an event that brings the spirit of their good work alive on stage. This year, that event had to be virtual, but the spirit is alive and well.

The theme this year was restoration, with an eye and ear toward “the renewal and healing qualities of nature and community connection.” Seattle-based composer and musician Tomo Nakayama curated the program.

This Ampersand LIVE event streamed on October 29.

Please note: This recording contains unedited language of an adult nature.