S2E54: Survivorman in an age of climate trouble—w/ Les Stroud, survival expert

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Extreme weather can cause desperate situations. So, what can survival experts teach us about navigating wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and severe winter storms? Can we prepare for these natural events without turning into full-fledged preppers or giving into the assumption of doom? How do we adapt to a changing climate?

Les Stroud is a filmmaker, musician, and author best known for Survivorman, the pioneering documentary series that launched Survival Television as a genre. He is also the author of the new children’s book Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman and the creator of the forthcoming PBS special Surviving Disasters with Les Stroud. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Les joins Ross to share his mission around connecting people with nature and using film as an outlet to teach bushcraft and primitive earth skills.

Les explains how his work is ‘changing into the future’ to help people adapt to climate change, stressing the general skills of resilience and ingenuity, and reminding us that the truth of survival is in community. Listen in to understand how Wild Outside encourages kids to have adventures in their own backyard (be it the back forty or an urban park) and learn how to prepare for natural events so that they don’t turn into disasters.

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Resources

Survivorman Les Stroud on YouTube

Les Stroud’s Website

Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman by Les Stroud

Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere—Alive by Les Stroud with Michael Vlessides

Les Stroud’s Wild Harvest

Surviving Disasters with Les Stroud

The 10 Bushcraft Books by Richard Graves

Primitive Technology on YouTube

Max Brooks

Survivor Man on The Office

Ray Mears

Bush Tucker Man

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