To label Kylie Fly as any one thing would be a disservice to the person she is. Kylie is a muser, mountaineer, photographer, volunteer, triplet and writer amongst a host of other things depending on the day and time. She has spent years volunteering as a humanitarian filmmaker and photographer in places like Haiti, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala
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I was always under the impression that the Grand Canyon was totally protected as a National Park. What’s the current threat?
The Grand Canyon spreads over 1.2 million acres. Uranium mining and ore in the Grand Canyon region
It seems that the people leading the fight in Arizona were women. This seems to be a common thread in many environmental debates. Why do you think that is?
Both men and women lead the fight for environmentalism. When it comes to native tribes and fighting for rights, it has less to do with gender and more to do with passion (a human trait we all have access to). Environmental debates are led by people who want to take action. In both leadership and supportive roles, men and women fight to protect what is near and dear to them no matter who is at the helm. It could be safe to say that women lean more easily into their desire to nurture, protect and preserve—and with an altruistic approach to solution finding, I came across several self-empowered women who pursued this role with their work in conservation.
In the era of “influencers,” I always have a lot of respect for those with large followings to tell stories that actually matter. What inspired you to take on impact work?
When I was 18 I knew I wanted to do something with people. I didn’t quite understand how that looked or what it would be like, but it wasn’t until I moved to China at 20 that my eyes were opened to a world filled with conflict and imbalance. I began at this age to shift my focus towards sustainable development in third world countries and sought ways to create peace, protection
What do you feel is photography and film’s role in conservation and environmental work?
I learned at an early age the value of smiling through the pain, laughing through the heartache, and choosing positivity versus wallowing in despair. Crying is pretty painful and uncomfortable, whereas laughing just gives you the best kind of bellyache. Optimism is a choice, and I choose to focus on those things that are going right and how they can be improved rather than dwell on all that is going wrong. There is a fine line we balance to create just the right amount of optimism that leans more towards realism, always adjusting our expectations and actions to reflect the objectives we truly want to accomplish. Anger, resentment, frustration and other negative-emotive qualities never moved society forward for long. Passion, dedication, motivation, enthusiasm, and positivity certainly has a more lasting impact for change.
What are some of the other stories or causes that you’re most passionate about right now?
I feel a sense of urgency when it comes to melting glaciers. As a mountaineer, climber and skier I have seen firsthand the results of rapidly melting ice sheets, receding snow lines and the reduction and disappearance of glaciers and snow fields. Once these formations are gone, they are not likely to come back during our lifetime. I am also deeply concerned and passionate about conflict zones where there continues to be heavy issues that are no longer the headlines of newspapers and have thus fallen into lesser important news, perhaps even the back burner or forgotten. What needs to happen is the continuation of hard work in conflict areas that is invested in the long term rather than bandaid interventions that only extend into the next decade or less at best. I am passionate about investing in the long term, creating lasting solutions and fostering space for peace to reside for all those who desire it.
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