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Ideas
B I G A C T I O N
HIlary Hutcheson
wants to connect
to a larger audience
on climate action.
The Power of
One Drop
Hilary Hutcheson is a fly-fishing guide,
business owner, climate advocate, and
badass steward of wild places-and she
is going to show you how one drop of
water tells the story of a troubled planet.
By Ryan Michelle Scavo
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOUR
recipe calls for equal parts fly-fishing
guide, entrepreneur, climate
activist, and environmental advocate?
Her name is Hilary Hutcheson.
With her Montana roots, it's
no surprise she has a passion for
the outdoors. Hilary is helping
lead the charge on both land
and water stewardship, and her
latest project, the film Drop, is yet
another testament to her passion
for protecting wild places and the
resources they hold.
You released Drop early this
year-Earth Day, to be exact-
give us the deets.
The idea behind the film is that
if you are the drop [of water],
if you're the fly on the wall, and
you're going from the top of the
system all the way to the end of
the system, who do you meet along
the way? And how can you learn
something from them?
How did it all come together?
My buddy Liam, who guided at
Glacier Raft Company where I first
started and where I actually still
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work as a fly-fishing guide, called
me up and said, 'you know, I don't
have a ton of time and I don't have
any money, but I wanna do something
that's related to our water
and climate... What are your ideas?'
And my partner, Ebon, had always
had this idea of following a drop of
water from the top of the Continental
Divide to the Pacific ocean.
So that's what we did-we hiked
on snow to the top and snowboarded
and skied down to where the
snow becomes the Middle Fork of
the Flathead. And then we cruised
out along through the Flathead
system and made our way into the
Columbia system and all the way
down to the Pacific ocean, meeting
a lot of cool people along the way.
Why now? Why the urgency
around climate change?
I think the reason for wanting to
do something more meaningful
is because, at a certain point, you
realize that you've climbed some
good mountains, you've skied
some good runs, you've caught
some great fish, and you get this
feeling that not only is there a
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THE IDEA OF MEETING THE COOL PEOPLE
ALONG THE WAY WASN'T JUST SO THAT THEY
COULD GIVE TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT
THE PLANET. IT WAS TO WITNESS WHAT
THEY'VE INCORPORATED INTO THEIR LIVES
AS THESE SMALL PROCESSES THAT CAN
SCALE UP INTO A BIGGER SYSTEMIC CHANGE.
sense of time running out, but that
you haven't necessarily done your
part to help... there is this sense of
just wanting to use your powers
for good.
This intersection of society and
environment serves as a critical
theme in Drop...
The idea of meeting the cool
people along the way wasn't just
so they could give tips on how
to protect the planet. It was to
witness what they've incorporated
into their lives as these small
processes that can scale up into
a bigger systemic change. And so
that's what we wanted people to
take away from it.
In the film, you talk with a wide
range of people-including Dr.
Daniel Fagre, a United States
Geological Survey (USGS)
COURTESY HILARY HUTCHESON

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