Dayna Reggero is an award-winning filmmaker, creative activist, and founding director of the Climate Listening Project. In 2019, scenes from her Climate Listening Project film series will be included in a nationwide PBS series. In 2018, Dayna was selected for a National Geographic expedition and by Woman’s Day Magazine as an “Earth Mother: an Artist Activist who isn’t just fighting for cleaner air and water, but protecting a community’s most precious resources – its people.” In 2017, Salon.com wrote: “By trade, Dayna Reggero is an environmentalist. Her work spans over two decades and ranges from filmmaking to beginning her career as a spokesperson. However, her most skilled work might come in the form of organizing conversations, or simply starting them.”
She has been interviewed by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX networks and coordinated with Animal Planet, TLC, and the Food Network for features. Dayna collaborated with the Sierra Club on the Emmy Award winning series “Years of Living Dangerously”; produced an international video series with the Environmental Paper Network and Ian Somerhalder to launch a new Global Paper Vision to protect forests with more than 130 large and small organizations from six continents; and partnered with Discovery and Chevy Volt to film a tour of California’s sustainable farmers, community gardens, and food experts including backyard chicken farmer Michelle Branch and food myth buster Adam Savage. Dayna launched Woody Harrelson’s Step Forward Paper in the United States to help forests; and shared the inspiring voices of Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def and Talib Kweli on an album connecting children and nature. Dayna has worked on the ground to advance environmental engagement and action throughout the United States and around the world for 20 years, including with the Sierra Club to help communities move beyond coal in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida; with Dogwood Alliance to protect forests throughout the Southern United States; and with the Pentagon and U.S. Army on the greening of Fort Bragg communities. A short video she directed with Climate Interactive was used as an instrumental tool for the Paris Climate Agreement and U.S./ China climate agreement.
In her Climate Listening Project work, Dayna traveled across the Unites States in collaboration with NRDC, listening and filming stories of farmers who are creating solutions to climate change for a web series, “Cultivating Resilience”. She traveled to Belize in collaboration with National Audubon Society to follow a bird that is connecting people around the world for a documentary feature “The Wood Thrush Connection”. Dayna then went on a national listening tour, filming women fighting pollution and climate impacts in eight states in collaboration with Moms Clean Air Force for a documentary film series, “The Story We Want”. These films have screened at local events and won awards at film festivals around the globe, reaching more than 10 million people. The impact continues: Dayna’s “Faith in Action” film in collaboration with EcoAmerica was shared with a DIY action toolkit at 4,000 churches across America and “The Wood Thrush Connection” is being used as an elementary school curriculum.
Dayna holds master of applied science and bachelor of communications degrees and works locally and internationally to weave science and stories and connect hopeful conversations on climate and community. Her most prized effort is her ability to listen without judgement, allowing people to be their whole selves. Dayna hosts listening workshops at events and universities across America. She recently worked with 90 ninth graders on how to listen and create their own Climate Listening Project podcasts. All of her films are available online for free to listen, connect stories, and use to accelerate climate conversations in your community.