A major component of the Western Hemisphere Project is linking students directly with people along the route. Students get to experience the cultures and environment in real time from their classroom. Resources are available to those who are not in classrooms, and want to learn more about these important issues. Some examples of issues discussed this summer from Alaska, Yukon, British Colombia, Washington, Oregon, and California:

  • Oil fields in Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Exploitation of Indigenous people including forestry, fisheries, mining, and development
  • Watershed quality of the Pacific Northwest
  • Small scale organic farming, vegan, and vegetarian movements
  • Ideas for positive change including cycling, buying locally, and making conscious choices that reflect personal ethics