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Caught Doing Something Good: Alicyn Bahnke and Zoe Okleasik

Zoe Okleasik and Alicyn Bahnke in Nome. Photo courtesy of Alicyn Bahnke, used with permission.

Welcome to Caught Doing Something Good, where KNOM shines the spotlight on youth in Western Alaska. In this show, we interview students from the region and chat about the things they’ve been doing to positively impact their community.

In this episode, we meet two girls with a shared vision for a healthier planet: Zoe Okleasik and Alicyn Bahnke, both juniors at Nome Beltz High School. The duo was instrumental in writing a resolution, recently passed at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference, to declare climate change a state of emergency in the state of Alaska.

Hear from Zoe and Alicyn about the steps, big and small, they’re taking in their own lives to try and slow down climate change.

Image at top: Zoe Okleasik and Alicyn Bahnke in Nome. Photo courtesy of Alicyn Bahnke (2019).

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