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Upswell Podcast Episode 2: Michele Hodges & Wendy Butts

Republished with the permission of Upswell. View the original post here. 

Next time you walk down the street, take a look at the people around. There’s one thing that you hold in common with every single person: all of you – all of us – are affected by the environment. For the second episode of the Upswell podcast, we’re excited to introduce you to two changemakers who are changing lives by improving the health of the natural world.

Michele Hodges is president of the Belle Isle Conservancy, which protects and renews one of Detroit’s gems. Belle Isle sits between the United States and Canada on the Detroit River and has a remarkable history (and future).

Wendy Butts is CEO of the LA Conservation Corps, which enriches the lives of more than 26,000 young people annually through conservation and service projects. While the LA Conservation Corps is modeled after the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, Wendy weaves her international experiences with the Peace Corps into the organization.

So, while we all have the environment in common, Michele and Wendy have had very different experiences in Detroit and Los Angeles, respectively. Click play to find out what we mean!

Ready for Episode 3? Listen to it here.

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