Dayna Reggero is an award-winning film director, conservationist, listener, and founding director of the Climate Listening Project. Dayna’s work started at 19, when she began appearing on television with animals to promote conservation.
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.”
In a print feature, Woman’s Day Magazine showcased Dayna 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.”
Dayna has been interviewed by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX networks and coordinated with Animal Planet, TLC, and the Food Network for features. Her efforts have been featured on hundreds of outlets including NPR, Univision, The Atlantic, and Jane Goodall Institute. Her work was selected by National Geographic as an Open Explorer Expedition and featured in the nationwide PBS series EcoSense for Living.
Dayna’s first film effort was a tour of California’s sustainable farmers in collaboration with Discovery Communications. She then produced an international video series with the Environmental Paper Network to launch a new Global Paper Vision with more than 130 large and small organizations from six continents. She then collaborated with the Sierra Club on the Emmy Award-winning series “Years of Living Dangerously” before founding the Climate Listening Project.
The Climate Listening Project connects hopeful conversations on climate change impacts and community solutions. In her Climate Listening Project work, Dayna traveled to Belize in collaboration with National Audubon Society to listen to birders across borders connected by a common goal to protect a beloved songbird for a documentary short film “The Wood Thrush Connection”. Dayna went on a national listening tour, filming women throughout the United States fighting back and winning against a culture of extraction in collaboration with Moms Clean Air Force for a documentary short film, “The Story We Want”. Dayna traveled across the Unites States in collaboration with NRDC and Cultivating Resilience, listening and filming stories of farmers taking risks and innovating to adapt to a changed climate for a documentary short series on Resilient Agriculture. Then in collaboration with Wordfest, she listened to poets including Joy Harjo, bringing stories, histories to light with the power of our words and our connection to the earth and each other for a short art film, “Earth•People•Words”.
The Climate Listening Project has reached more than 10 million people. All the films continue to been shown at local and international screenings, from universities to the Paris Climate Talks. The “Faith in Action” short film in collaboration with EcoAmerica and Disciples of Christ was shared with a DIY action toolkit at 4,000 churches across the United States. Dayna has partnered with high school students to make their own Climate Listening Project podcasts; college students to create their own Climate Listening Project art; and the “Wood Thrush Connection” film is being used as an elementary school curriculum.
Master of Science, Environmental Management and Policy
Bachelor of Arts, Communications