Ethan Stewart

Ethan Stewart is Editor-at-Large for the Santa Barbara Independent and an occasional contributor to The Cleanest Line. Born and raised on Cape Cod, he’s called Santa Barbara home off and on since the great El Niño winter of 1998.

The Paris Project: COP21 concludes with historic climate treaty and a future full of questions
The Paris Project: COP21 concludes with historic climate treaty and a future full of questions
The Paris Project: COP21 concludes with historic climate treaty and a future full of questions
Ethan Stewart

This is the second installment from our man on the ground in Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change, Santa Barbara Independent Editor-at-Large, Ethan Stewart. Catch up with part 1 if you missed it. Above: 350.org founder, Bill McKibben (glasses and Red Sox hat), joins an impromptu protest in Le Bourget towards the end of the…

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The Paris Project: Looking back at week one of the United Nationsʼ Conference on Climate Change
The Paris Project: Looking back at week one of the United Nationsʼ Conference on Climate Change
The Paris Project: Looking back at week one of the United Nationsʼ Conference on Climate Change
Ethan Stewart

For the past month, the entire world has been focused on Paris. First, an act of pure and peace shattering barbarism brought the City of Lights directly into focus in the hearts and minds of all of us just two weeks before Thanksgiving. And then, with the hurt still raw and hemorrhaging in worldwide waves…

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Re-Imagining Rubber: PLUSfoam’s Flip-Flop Recycling Revolution
Re-Imagining Rubber: PLUSfoam’s Flip-Flop Recycling Revolution
Re-Imagining Rubber: PLUSfoam’s Flip-Flop Recycling Revolution
Ethan Stewart

Even the most tender-footed outdoor enthusiasts amongst us are familiar with the scenario. You are walking back to camp from a quick creek swim, or perhaps making your way home after a day spent chasing the hollow insides of pitching lumps of salt water, and your trusty flip-flops decide to blow out. Maybe the strap…

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The Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka: An Origin Story
The Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka: An Origin Story
The Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka: An Origin Story
Ethan Stewart

Editor’s note: The creation of our new Encapsil™ Down Belay Parka is a big deal for all of us at Patagonia. In the midst of getting everything ready for launch, we asked our friend Ethan Stewart to tell the story of how Encapsil down and the parka came to be. Though he handled the writing…

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Meet the Photo Documentarians Behind 70 Degrees West
Meet the Photo Documentarians Behind 70 Degrees West
Meet the Photo Documentarians Behind 70 Degrees West
Ethan Stewart

They say journalism is dead and, well, who can blame them. More and more of us are content to find out about the world via half-cooked news stories pulled from the fires of research way too soon in the name of feeding the beast of this brave new world’s 24-hour news cycle. The masses prefer…

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Rick Ridgeway Makes the Case for Freedom to Roam at Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
Rick Ridgeway Makes the Case for Freedom to Roam at Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
Rick Ridgeway Makes the Case for Freedom to Roam at Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
Ethan Stewart

Before all the memories from Copenhagen fade from our collective consciousness, Santa Barbara Independent reporter Ethan Stewart and freelance photographer Kodiak Greenwood remind us of one very positive presentation they witnessed at the conference. Last month, the whole world was watching Copenhagen as the United Nation’s held their much hyped Framework Convention on Climate Change.…

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Tear Gas for Breakfast: Scenes from the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change
Tear Gas for Breakfast: Scenes from the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change
Tear Gas for Breakfast: Scenes from the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change
Ethan Stewart

You met them first on the Obama Express. Now, Santa Barbara Independent reporter Ethan Stewart and freelance photographer Kodiak Greenwood are in Copenhagen to cover the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change. This morning the boys — who’ve dubbed themselves “Operation Copenhagen” — awoke to violence in the street and tear gas in the…

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