Miho Aida

Miho Aida

Synopsis: In 2010, Miho produced an award-winning short film called “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins: Gwich’in Women Speak.” This film was created to amplify the Gwich’in women’s voice in the mainstream environmental campaign to protect the Arctic from oil development.In 2014, Miho embarked on a film tour by bicycle, from Seattle to San Francisco, called “1,000 Miles for 1,000 Allies”. In 2015, she repeated the tour, this time from Washington, DC, to Bar Harbor, Maine, and in 2017 she rode the equivalent distance of the entire coast of Maine. . Rooted in a spirit of “If She Can Do It, You Can Too,” the tour was designed to show the world that one woman, one bicycle and one film can make a difference in this movement. On the tour, the initiative conveyed the message of the following:

  • Promote adventures that are founded on social change, activism and justice
  • Encourage outdoor experience that benefits not only the adventurer but also the community that faces environmental challenges and the society at large
  • Advocate for reducing carbon footprint when recreating
  • Target different community and interest groups to form a strong public support for the Refuge outside of typical conservation crowds
  • Break down stereotypes of women in the outdoors
  • Challenge a social norm by role modeling that women are capable to go on adventures by themselves and solve problems on their way


 
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