In January 2013, I prepared the map as a good colleague, Marty Sunu, and created the first printed and interactive map for the Batagonia National Park project.
I'm almost 23 years old and just spent most of the year raising money with Marty to plan a mapping adventure to the park.
The idea of this project began with a whisper between the walls of our old work and later became a reality, with Chris and Doug Tompkins who died last week conveying their need for high demand
High-quality, beautiful maps that can match the beauty of the park they strive to create.
I look back on this experience as a turning point in my work on 21st Century protection.
Chris and Doug instilled in me that we can't sit back and take protection for granted;
We must protect the place we love with the time we have.
Their work in Patagonia made me understand that we usually only save the places we love and only love the places we know.
Now, I hope that through my work, people can get to know a place and connect with it so that we have a better chance to protect it.
Doug likes wild places very much, but he knows it's not enough to fall in love with a place;
You have to work on protecting it.
As part of the next generation of environmental activists, we must continue the work of past environmental leaders and find ways to collectively commit to protecting the places we love.
Most of my time I am not hiking in beautiful remote areas;
They were spent behind a computer, recently in a cold office with a temperature of no more than 55 degrees.
As part of my work, I am honored to be able to explore the outdoors, but working with people who work hard every day to protect the critical landscape is a greater honor.
That is why I have been doing this work all the time.