“I grew up in an industrial and heavily polluted city in China. I had no idea what undisturbed #wilderness
looked like, had never felt the thrill of witnessing #wildlife
, had never known the taste of fresh, clean air under a vast blue sky. These are things I immediately came to love when I began exploring America’s #publiclands
, and I could never take them for granted. ⠀
When I visit places like Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante national monuments, I feel gratitude—for the magnificent cliffs and canyons that support my weight and provide a feast for my eyes as I climb and hike—and awe for the sacred sites and the ancient cultures that lived and left their marks on these striking, desolate landscapes. I am determined to fight to protect every inch of these special places so that everyone has the opportunity to marvel in their boundaries.” - Earthjustice attorney Yvonne Chi on why she’s fighting in court to protect our national monuments. Photos by Nathan Leefer.