Audrey Peterman On The Impact Our National Parks Have On Individual Lives
Audrey & Frank Peterman have toured some 170 units of the National Park System and scores of Forests and Wildlife Refuges in lives dedicated to showing how the National Parks in the U.S. have impacted and continue to influence lives for good. Here she and our parks correspondent John Poimiroo talk with Paul about the value of our parks and they share personal experiences in the parks that have helped shaped their lives. Here’s some background on one of our most fascinating guests: Audrey Peterman is President and Co-founder of Earthwise Productions, Inc., an environmental consulting and publishing firm focused on connecting the public lands system and the American public. Since 1995, Earthwise has generated multiple stories in media ranging from the African American-focused National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Tom Joyner Morning Show to Audubon magazine and MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt. From Wall Street to small rural neighborhoods, Audrey and her husband Frank are credited with making millions aware of the National Park System and its relevance to their lives. Having crisscrossed the country visiting close to 170 of the spectacular natural, cultural and historic treasures in our country’s 401–unit National Park System, the national -award winning environmentalist is a role model for the citizen involvement that she promotes. She brings a unique understanding of what motivates people of color at the grassroots level to reconnect with the outdoors. She has been instrumental in helping break down some of the systemic barriers which perpetuate current conditions of inequitable use and benefits, with Americans of color on the low end of the scale.