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Feb 11,2014

Brooklyn Decker Is Using Her Legs To Support Vets! [INTERVIEW]

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Brooklyn Decker Is Using Her Legs To Support Vets! [INTERVIEW]
posted 02/03/2014 3:16:44 pm by joey parker in celebs, eco-friendly, green.
From the Arctic to Afghanistan, Brooklyn Decker is all about dat exploration life! Just recently, the actress, model and bulldog owner did some adventure hiking in Los Angeles. She teamed up with the Sierra Club to help raise awareness about veterans and the importance of taking time to immerse yourself in nature.
When many vets come back from serving, it can often be a really overwhelming experience adjusting back into civilian life. Connecting with nature is a way that the Sierra Club lends support to veterans. After Brooklyn’s hike, we caught up with her to talk about why we need to help vets, turn our computers off and never take long walks with an English bulldog.
MTV Act: What was it about the Sierra Club military outing that made you want to get involved?

Brooklyn: Sierra Club reached out to me a year ago because I post a lot on social media about being outdoors. Just because that’s how I naturally live. They luckily caught on to it and were like, “We love that you love the outdoors and we love being outdoors, and is this something you would want to get involved with?” so for me it felt like the most natural thing to do.

They are starting a new initiative called Sierra Club Outdoors, and they asked me if I would get involved. The biggest thing is pretty simple — it’s just getting people outdoors. There is a special focus in military families and people coming back from serving because it’s proven to be incredibly therapeutic for people with PTSD.

MTV Act: With nearly 22 vets committing suicide daily, this is clearly a huge issue. What were you most surprised to learn during your military outing ?

Brooklyn: What surprised me most, is the most important thing about getting outside: reminding people coming back from serving what they were protecting in the first place. I mean, when you come back from doing this incredible important job and you see an 8-year-old on an iPad, and not having a conversation with their parent, you may be like ‘What did I do this for?’ When you get outdoors, you realize what it’s all about and why you served. It really helps them acclimate back into civilian life.

MTV Act: Back in 2012, you and Chrissy Teigen traveled to the Middle East on a USO tour. What memory stands out the most for you during this trip?

Brooklyn: It’s a little bit morbid but we were there when U.S. Ambassador Stevens was killed, so we saw it at a turbulent time. It really added a lot of weight to what we were doing. You could see these men and women that are over there serving, you could really see their skills come into action. For us, it was also the week of 9/11, so it was a really interesting time to be there. We went over there with an enormous amount of respect for those serving, and after being there in a time where you actually saw them use the skills they have been training for, it really made it more meaningful for both of us.

MTV Act: What do you want fans to know most about this cause that you’re supporting?

Brooklyn: It’s so simple and seems almost silly because it’s a no-brainer: just get outside. Nowadays, we’re all on Twitter, Facebook, and on our computers, I think just getting outside is so good for the psyche, and so good physically. There are so many problems in the country that result in people not being active and out in the outdoors and it’s the simplest way to have a really good experience and a cool Instagram picture. You’re experiencing something that feels real, connecting you to nature and people. Once again, it’s simple but just get your butt off your computer!

MTV Act: Many feel Veterans get overlooked, and often forgotten. Do you feel we as a country do enough for veterans?

Brooklyn: We can always do more. There will always be a huge disparity between what they did for us and what we are doing for them. There are a ton of organizations that are incredibly supportive and try to make the transition easier. Do I think we do enough? No, because how do you repay someone who sacrifices their life? But there are many organizations trying their best.
MTV Act: We have to ask, did your beloved bulldog, Billie Jean, join you on your hike?

Brooklyn: Oh gosh, no! Are you kidding me? Bulldogs are little diva dogs, they could make it 10 steps and then be like, “OK, I want to hang out in the car.”

MTV Act: Random question: What did you wish you knew when you were 17 that you know now?

Brooklyn: I wish at 17, I knew it was OK to say no. I think at 17, I was such a yes person trying to impress, and scared to disappoint people so you say yes to everything. It’s OK to say no, and do what you want. The earlier kids learn the power of no, the better.

 

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Feb 06,2014

Brooklyn Decker Join the Sierra Club for the Launch of Sierra Club Outdoors Actress joins a group of military

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Brooklyn Decker Join the Sierra Club for the Launch of Sierra Club Outdoors

Actress joins a group of military veterans on a Sierra Club Outing to see how the powers of nature helped ease their transition back to civilian life.

Actress Brooklyn Decker gets out with the Sierra Club.
“This program is very personal to me,” says actress Brooklyn Decker. “It fuses two of my great passions – our veterans and outdoor recreation.”
(PRWEB) February 03, 2014

Today, the Sierra Club announced the launch of Sierra Club Outdoors, a new campaign with old roots in the organization. The campaign works to get 250,000 people out into nature every year to explore and enjoy our planet, with a special emphasis on youth, military veterans and their families. Actress and Sierra Club Ambassador Brooklyn Decker joined an outing with Iraq war veterans in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, ending up beneath the iconic Hollywood sign where she heard the vets tell firsthand accounts of the transformative power of getting outdoors. Numerous studies show that exercise, physical activity and outdoor recreation activities can have positive effects on depression, stress, and self-esteem.

“This program is very personal to me,” says actress Brooklyn Decker. “It fuses two of my great passions – our veterans and outdoor recreation. It’s incredibly important to provide our heroes with healthy outlets to help them cope with any struggles they may be dealing with upon their return and to make their transition from soldier to civilian a little easier.”

Leading the outing was Stacy Bare, director of Sierra Club Outdoors, himself a veteran of Iraq and Bosnia who credits rock-climbing and the outdoors with helping him overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and rebuild his life.
“Life experience has left me believing in the healing power of time spent in nature,” said Stacy Bare. “Access to our nation’s outdoors spaces and wild places—around the corner and across the country—ought not to be exclusive. I look forward to leading Sierra Club Outdoors and ensuring that access to nature is available to anyone who wants and needs it.”

About Sierra Club Outdoors: Sierra Club Outdoors offers numerous programs across the country — from day hikes to mountain ascents — that assist veterans and military families who want to enjoy and explore the great outdoors, and to share that experience with other veterans. Across all of its programs, Sierra Club Outdoors reaches across economic lines, cultures, and communities to engage all Americans with the outdoor opportunities. Each year Sierra Club Outdoors gets over 250,000 people outside to explore and enjoy the natural world – and many for the first time. Please visit http://www.sierraclub.org/sco

 

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Mar 14,2013

Brooklyn Decker: Protect the Arctic

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“Fasten your seatbelts and no smoking on the plane.” I’ve heard these words a million times before, but this time it was different. I was strapping myself into the smallest airplane I’ve ever been in, a de Havilland Beaver affectionately known as “Pumpkin,” and I was about to fly over some of the wildest country in America—the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I was joining the Sierra Club for a weeklong adventure through the Arctic.

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Alaska, it is the largest and wildest refuge in the country. I had heard about the beauty and wonder of this place, but nothing can compare to experiencing it firsthand. As we flew north, crossing over the Arctic Circle, I watched spruce trees give way to rugged mountains. Further north the mountains turned to sweeping tundra, wild rivers, coastal lagoons and finally the bays of the Arctic Ocean.

These areas are home to some of our most amazing wildlife. In fact, the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains the greatest diversity of animal life of any protected lands in the entire region. Polar and grizzly bears, musk oxen, wolves and wolverines all call the refuge home. On our visit we saw Dall sheep, caribou, red fox, hawks and golden eagles.

Each year, the lush tundra of the Arctic Refuge acts as the birthing grounds for much of this wildlife. Birds I see in my own backyard in Texas begin their lives in the Arctic Refuge before migrating to my hometown and others in all 50 states.

This area is also essential for mother polar bears to build their dens and for the Porcupine caribou herd, which travels hundreds of miles each year to the coastal plain to birth their calves. For these animals, and others, there is no alternative to this place they have depended on for millennia.

Wildlife are not the only ones who depend on the Arctic Refuge. The Gwich’in people, whose cabins we could see from the airstrip in Arctic Village, have lived off this land for centuries. The Gwich’in are the caribou people and they rely on Arctic bounty for their livelihood.

During the trip, I was able to swim in a freezing Arctic river, explore a remote and unnamed slot canyon with a 50-foot waterfall, and go white-water rafting through the most rugged portions of the Brooks Range. I was even able to see the spectacular Northern Lights.

Getting outdoors has always been an important part of my life. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of camping with my family, but this trip was truly an enlightening experience. It was an opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors in a place of unparalleled wonder, and it made abundantly clear the importance of protecting our country’s natural treasures.

The area’s significance to wildlife, native cultures, and sheer untamed beauty are unmatched and irreplaceable. I believe the marvels of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, especially the coastal plain, should be safeguarded—and I’m not alone. Polling shows that four out of five Americans believe the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should receive stronger protections.

The natural wonders of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge deserve the strongest levels of protection possible to ensure that this amazing place remains unmarred for future generations. I’m grateful for the chance to reconnect with the wild lands that make America great, and I want others to have those opportunities too.

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Oct 05,2012

Where I Go: Brooklyn Decker

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Where I Go: Brooklyn Decker

If she’s not on a film set or at a cover shoot, the beautiful model turned actress and wife of Andy Roddick trades the glitz for the great outdoors. Her tips for camping on an Alaskan wildlife refuge (bring red wine!).

 Anthony Rotunno and Dana Mathews

To get away from it all, I go to . . .The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. I recently went on a Sierra Club outing there.

My favorite way to travel there is . . . It took about four planes to get to the Brooks Range, which was our base. We were about as “off the grid” as one could get.

My favorite place to stay is . . . Some of my best nights of sleep have been in a tent. I really love being outdoors. The third night there I woke up to the Northern Lights, which was one of the more spectacular things I’ve experienced.

My ideal travel companions are . . .My little brother came with me on this trip. He might be the only person I know who is more adventurous than I am.

 

My favorite travel pastime is . . . I recently switched from traveling with books to using iBooks. I’m still conflicted, but it definitely makes travel a bit easier.

When I’m in the mood for room service, my favorite order is . . . There’s no room service in the Arctic. That being said, it’s surprising how good camp food can taste when you’ve been hiking and rafting all day. My biggest indulgence on vacation is red wine, and I don’t discriminate—I’ll try any kind.

Upon arrival, I most look forward to . . . I try to read books about the places that I travel to, and I almost always have music playing. I love vacation, but folk, rock, and a bit of country always take me home and that makes me happy on a trip.

To stay in shape, my on-the-go fitness regime is . . . Rafting, kayaking, hiking—you name it, I’ll try it. If I’m not active on vacation I find it to be a bit dull; so wherever I go has to have rigorous outdoor activities.

My suitcase must absolutely contain . . . My music. I’ve been known to make trip playlists. There’s nothing better than taking a moment for yourself on vacation and playing your favorite tunes. The songs will always take you back to that beautiful time and place.

When it comes to luggage, I’m an . . . Underpacker, which sounds low maintenance, but it actually ends up being really expensive!

My favorite best-kept secret about Alaska is . . . The entire Alaskan Arctic is our country’s best-kept secret, in my opinion.

When I’m in the mood to paint the town red, I go to . . . Camping trips are actually great for “painting the town red.” You’re in the middle of the woods, and can pretty much do whatever you want with very little consequence. As a kid I remember my parents having a grand ol’ time. Now I just have to convince my friends that it’s fun being grimy for a few days!

Upon departing Alaska, I am most happy to leave behind . . . Dry shampoo. You have no idea how nice a shower feels after almost a week in the wilderness.

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Sep 01,2012

Brooklyn visits the Arctic

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Brooklyn Decker’s Northern Exposure
By Tom Valtin | Green – Thu, Aug 30, 2012 2:18 PM EDT

Brooklyn Decker overlooking the Marsh Fork of the Canning River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Supermodel and actress Brooklyn Decker, recently in the news for her co-starring role in the hit romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting, spent a week this summer on a Sierra Club Outing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Roughly as large as the state of South Carolina, the Refuge is America’s largest and wildest wildlife refuge.
“Getting outdoors has always been an important part of my life,” Decker says, “and going on a Sierra Club Outing to the Arctic was a particularly enlightening experience.” She learned from Outings leaders about conservation, climate change, the continual threat of oil exploration and development in the region, and the Sierra Club’s efforts to secure national monument designation for the area so it will be permanently protected for future generations to enjoy.

In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Among the highlights of Decker’s week in the Arctic were floating down the Canning River through a deep glacier-carved valley, whitewater rafting in the Brooks Range (the northernmost mountain range on earth), swimming in near-freezing Arctic rivers, and hiking every day. She explored a remote, unnamed canyon with a 50-foot waterfall, saw the northern lights, and viewed wildlife including dall sheep, caribou, red fox, and golden eagles.
“This outing gave me a chance to really reconnect with nature,” Decker says. “Anyone who spends time enjoying our planet knows exactly why it’s important to protect places like the Arctic.”

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