Andrew R. Halloran is a primatologist and professor of Environmental Studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He studies primate behavioral ecology, primate vocal communication, and human-environment interactions. He is the author of the book, Song of the Ape.
Bill Giebler is a freelance writer based in Longmont, Colorado. His writing on food and farming has appeared in the Edible Communities magazines, Denver’s 5280 Magazine, and Organic Spa Magazine.
Kate Dougherty is a freelance writer, researcher and geographer. She has written about science, technology and the environment for Next City, ideaCONNECTION, Healthy Times Indonesia magazine, and EnvironmentalScience.org. She lives in Philadelphia.
Pete Dronkers is the Southwest Circuit Rider for Earthworks
Peter Rugh is a facilitator for Occupy Wall Street Environmental Solidarity and chairs the Action Committee of Shut Down Indian Point Now! He has written for The Indypendent, Terraspheres.com, Common Dreams and Socialist Worker. Pete blogs at EartoEarth.org.
Rhone Resch is the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industry.
Aaron Cantú is an investigative journalist based in New York City.
Aaron Mintzes is a policy advocate with EARTHWORKS, an advocacy group that focuses on the negative impacts of mineral and energy extraction.
Adam Calo is a PhD student in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. He is studying how participatory research methods might create improved and innovative agricultural systems.
Adam Federman — Contributing Editor, Earth Island Journal
Adam Federman is a contributing editor at Earth Island Journal. He is the recipient of a Polk Grant for Investigative Reporting, a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and a Russia Fulbright Fellowship. You can find more of his work at adamfederman.com.
Adrian Brune is a shoe-leather journalist who has written for The Nation, the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and various other national publications, including a well-received blog for the Huffington Post. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, less than a mile from the Gowanus Canal. Her work can be seen at www.blindfolio.com.
Alan Septoff is Director of Strategic Communications at Earthworks.
Alex Carr Johnson is a writer who lives and works in the high country of the Sierra Nevada.
Alex Johnson's writing has appeared in Orion, Astrobiology, Camas, and elsewhere.
Alexander Reid Ross works with Bark in Portland,Oregon, and is a co-founding moderator of the Earth First! Newswire. He is the editor of Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab, featuring Noam Chomsky and Vandana Shiva, and hosts a podcast with Elona Trogub called Mutiny in Cascadia .
Alison Hawkes is a freelance reporter based in San Francisco. She primarily covers environmental stories and has contributed pieces to public radio programs at KQED and KALW in San Francisco, The World, and NPR’s Morning Edition. In a former life, she was a newspaper bureau chief covering the Pennsylvania state capital, then moved into radio at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany. She has a master’s in science journalism from Columbia University. Alison spends her off-time hiking the Bay Area and snooping around farmers markets for something tasty to eat.
Amanda Koehn is a freelance science and social science reporter in the Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @AKCountryRose
Ambika Kandasamy is a reporter and an assistant news editor at the San Francisco Public Press, where she reports on international development, scientific research and local culture. She was awarded the Women Immigrants Fellowship by New America Media this year. Her work has appeared on KQED News, Christian Science Monitor, GreenBiz, Shareable, World Journal and other news websites. She received her master's degree in Journalism from Boston University in 2010.
Amy Larkin is the author of the new book, Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and environmental activist who has launched cultural institutions, co-founded one of the first affinity-marketing businesses. She has been involved with Greenpeace for 30 years as a board member, advisor, and, from 2005 to 2012, Director of Greenpeace Solutions.
Amy Trainer is Executive Director of Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.
Amy Westervelt — Journalist
The former Managing Editor of the Journal, Amy is associate editor for The Faster Times and This Week in Earth, a columnist for Forbes, and contributes to an assortment of other magazines and websites. In 2007, Amy won the Folio Eddie for excellence in magazine editorial for her feature on algae as a feedstock for biofuel, which was published in Sustainable Industries magazine.
Andrew Lam is an editor with New America Media and the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora (Heyday Books, 2005) and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. His next book, Birds of Paradise Lost, is due out in 2013.
Andrew Lewis is a New York City-based journalist. His work focuses on travel and the environment. He is a regular contributor to Outside magazine.
Andrew Nikiforuk writes regularly for The Tyee about the politics and economics of the energy industry. His latest book, The Energy of Slaves, examines the vulnerabilities of high-spending energy cultures.
Andrew Stelzer is a Producer at Making Contact, a weekly social justice radio program that’s been on the air for more than 20 years. He’s also reported or written for NPR, Living on Earth, The Progressive, Latino USA, In These Times and other publications. Find him at andrewstelzer.com.
Anirvan Chatterjee is a bibliophile, technologist, and climate activist from Berkeley, California.
Anisha Desai — Director of the Brower New Leaders Initiative at Earth Island Institute
Ann and Steve Toon are UK-based photojournalists specialising in wildlife and conservation. They are most at home in the savanna and semi-desert regions of Southern Africa, and say that their rainy season expedition to the tropical forests of South East Asia took them out of their comfort zone both mentally and physically.
Anna Lappé Earth Island Journal’s new regular columnist, is co-founder of the Small Planet Institute. and director of the Real Food Media Project. She is a strategic advisor to Corporate Accountability International.
Anna Vignet is a photographer for the San Francisco Public Press. She has photographed for the Daily Californian and San Francisco Chronicle and is particularly interested in how people use public space.
Antonella Ciancio is a freelance journalist, based in Washington, DC. She has covered politics, business, finance and lifestyle for Reuters in Italy, Paris, Dublin and London. Her articles have been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, the Chicago Tribune, and many other news outlets across the globe. She tweets as @ciancioreporter.
Antonio Roman-Alcala is an urban farmer, community organizer, musician, and film maker in San Francisco. Learn more about his work here.
Arielle Klagsbrun is an organizer with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment and Rising Tide North America. She is a 2013 recipient of the Brower Youth Award. Arielle graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012.
Ashley Blacow is the Pacific Policy and Communications Manager for Oceana, an international marine conservation group.
Audrey Haynes — Journal intern
Audrey is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University in Earth and Environmental Science. She can most reliably be found boppin around the mountains and wilderness.
Audrey Webb — Journalist
Audrey Webb was Journal Associate Editor through tremendous growth during the for nearly a decade.
Barbara Grady is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area and former staff reporter for Reuters and the Oakland Tribune.
Barnali Ghosh is a is a California based landscape architect, climate activist and educator. She presents regularly on climate and transportation justice as part of the Year of No Flying project and organizes with Brown and Green: South Asians for Climate Justice. She is a board member of TransForm, a California transit, walking and biking advocacy group.
Ben A. Minteer, an environmental ethicist and conservation scholar, holds the Arizona Zoological Society Endowed Chair at Arizona State University in Tempe. His newest book (co-edited with Steve Pyne) is After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans (University of Chicago Press).
Ben Corey-Moran is the president of Thanksgiving Coffee and serves on the Advisory Council of The Resilience Fund, an Earth Island Institute-sponsored project that helps coffee farmers adapt to global climate change. Lean more about The Resilience Fund at www.theresiliencefund.org.
Ben Goldfarb is an environmental writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, OnEarth magazine, Yale Environment 360, and elsewhere.
Benjamin Preston is Associate Editor at the Telluride Daily Planet in Southwest Colorado. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he contributes regularly to Miller-McCune Magazine and sporadically to a number of other publications.
Beth Terry blogs at MyPlasticFreelife.com, where she's been collecting and tallying her personal plastic waste and reporting on plastic-free solutions for the past 5 years. A founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Terry gives presentations on plastic-free living and why, despite what some critics assert, our personal actions do matter.
Bevan Chignell is a keen observer of humans and animals and has spent a lifetime exploring the mountains and hidden places of his beloved homeland, New Zealand. His extensive global travels have brought him a wealth of experience, which he puts to good use in his career as a writer. You can read more about his work as a writer at styluswriter.com
Bill Chameides is the dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. His research focuses on elucidating the causes of and remedies for global, regional and urban environmental change and identifying more sustainable pathways forward. He has authored or co-authored 140 peer-reviewed papers and eight books. He also blogs at TheGreenGrok.com, ScientificAmerican.com, The Huffington Post, the University of Minnesota’s digital magazine Ensia, TheEnergyCollective.com, and National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge blog. Visit Bill’s blog TheGreenGrok and keep up with him on Twitter @TheGreenGrok.
Bill Kovarik is a journalist, historian and a professor of communication at Radford University in Virginia. He has covered the Appalachian region for a decade and is the author of the Environmental History Timeline. His latest project is Brilliant, a book about the history of renewable energy.
Bill Patenaude is an environmental engineer and regulator. He holds a masters degree in theology and is a special lecturer in theology at Providence College. He writes at CatholicEcology.net.
Björn Philip Beer is writer, in Charlottesville, VA. Follow him on Twitter at @BjornPhilipBeer
Bjorn Dihle is a Juneau writer. He can be reached at bjorndihle at yahoo.com.
Bob grew up in Silicon Valley as urban sprawl was absorbing the natural playgrounds of his youth. This profound experience was the catalyst for his career in conservation. He has worked for 30 years as a researcher, teacher, and advocate working on issues ranging from Yellowstone wolf restoration to stopping coal exports through the Pacific Northwest. In his spare time he looks for that perfect trout stream and is creating an urban homestead with his green architect and artist wife.
Bonnie is based in Missoula, Montana, and has been leading campaigns at Earthworks reduce the destructive impacts of mining since 2001. Bonnie blogs at: http://www.earthworksaction.org//earthblog/byauthor/5
Brian Scoles — Intern, Earth Island Journal
When not writing for the Journal, Brian pursues all sorts of interests not at all related to his degree. He is passionate about intentional community living, wilderness exploration and leadership, and most recently, activism. He also works with Applied Mindfulness and is a contributor at Sustainablog.
Brihannala Morgan is director of The Borneo Project, an Earth Island Institute sponsored project that brings international attention and support to community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights in the island of Borneo.
Brittany Patterson is a freelance journalist and a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, Mother Jones and KQED. Follow her on Twitter @amusedbrit.
Bron Taylor is a professor of religion and nature, environmental ethics, and environmental studies at the University of Florida, and a fellow of the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany.
For the past decade, Brooke Williams has been exploring routes connecting wild places in southern Utah, Alaska, and southwestern Wyoming with those hidden in his own psyche.
Camilla Fox is Executive Director of Project Coyote, an Earth Island Project, and a Wildlife Consultant for the Animal Welfare Institute. She is co-author of Coyotes in Our Midst and co-editor and lead author of Cull of the Wild ~ A Contemporary Analysis of Trapping in the United States.
Carly Nairn is a freelance audio and print journalist. She has created work for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, J. The Jewish Weekly, and KQED, among others. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and currently lives in San Francisco.
Carole Knight is a futurist and freelance investigative writer with specializations in sustainability, emerging trends, and adaptive leadership. She lives in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Carolyn Heneghan is a New Orleans-based freelance writer, blogger and journalist who works with businesses as well as regional and national magazines, including Loews Magazine, Draft, BeerAdvocate, Where Y'at magazine and Destinations Travel.
Cathy McMullen is president of Denton Drilling Awareness Group.
Chad Hanson, the director of the John Muir Project (JMP) of Earth Island Institute, has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis, and focuses his research on forest and fire ecology in the Sierra Nevada. He can be reached at email@example.com, or visit JMP’s website at www.johnmuirproject.org for more information, and for citations to specific studies pertaining to the points made in this article.
Charlotte Du Cann is a writer, editor, and community activist based in Suffolk, England.
Chelsea Skojec is a natural resources conservation student based in Gainesville, FL. Her writing has appeared in the New York Observer, Huffington Post, and LiveScience. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ChelSkoj
Chris Clarke is a former editor of the Earth Island Journal. He's a natural history writer and environmental journalist currently at work on a book about the Joshua tree, living in Joshua Tree, California.
Chris Milton — Contributor
Chris Milton is a UK based freelance journalist specialising in all things sustainable. His work regularly appears in The Ecologist and other notable scalps include The Washington Post (Foreign Policy) and republication by Scientific American. He was Society and Business Editor of Sideways News before “that money thing” happened and is currently working on a project about reducing the working week. In between times he blogs in a number of places on the Guardian’s Environment and Sustainable Business networks and spends far too much time on twitter.
Feel free to have a look at his (usually out of date) portfolio and investigate the truth of the twitter jibe.
Christine Keogler is a writer and graduate student of Environmental Sustainability at Long Island University at C.W Post. She lives in Long Island, NY.
Christopher Clark is a British journalist and wanderer based in South Africa. He writes for a range of local and international publications on travel, conservation and international affairs and has twice been featured among South Africa’s best writers and thought leaders by The Big Issue magazine.
Christopher D. Cook is an award-winning investigative journalist who writes for Mother Jones, Harper’s, The Nation, and elsewhere. He is author of Diet for a Dead Planet: How the Food Industry Is Killing Us. His website is www.christopherdcook.com.
Christopher Johnson is a writer on conservation issues who is based in Evanston, Illinois. He has published articles in a variety of magazines, including Appalachia, Chicago Wilderness, Chicago Life, E: The Environmental Magazine, and Snowy Egret. In 2013, Island Press published Forests for the People, which Johnson co-authored with David Govatski. His previous book was This Grand and Magnificent Place: The Wilderness Heritage of the White Mountains (University of New Hampshire Press, 2006).
Christopher “Toby” McLeod directs the Sacred Land Film Project. His most recent film series, the award-winning Standing on Sacred Ground, tells the stories of eight embattled indigenous communities around the world struggling to protect their sacred places. It is now airing on PBS stations around the country. Read more at StandingOnSacredGround.org.
Claire Perlman is Earth Island Journal's summer intern. She is an English major at the University of California, Berkeley and is the lead Research and Ideas reporter and a senior staff writer at the student newspaper, The Daily Californian.
Claire Schoen is a media producer who comes from the documentary tradition, giving voice to the opinions and experiences of everyday people. Her work includes: Greenbacks, a radio series about the economic promise of green energy; An Abundant Land, a 45-minute audio tour about protecting the agricultural greenbelt of San Francisco; and Mad River, an hour-long film for PBS about logging and environmental protection in northern California’s redwood forests. Learn more about the other film producers here.
Clara Rowe first came to coastal communities in Greece through her graduate studies at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She finished her masters in environmental management in May and is off to the Netherlands to work in international conservation.
Clive Hamilton is the author of Earthmasters: The dawn of the age of climate engineering (Yale University Press) and Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change (Earthscan), among other books. He is professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.
Colleen Morton Busch is the author of Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire.
Corey Hill is a human rights activist, community arts supporter, and freelance journalist. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Corinne Pinfold is a British writer recently returned from the West Bank. She has written articles for Birzeit University, Key Insights, Pink News, and her own blog Somewhere Slowly.
Craig Childs is the author of several books on wilderness and science, including his most recent, Apocalyptic Planet.
Dan Chu is the director of the Sierra Club "Our Wild America" campaign.
Daniel Imhoff is the author of Food Fight:The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill and numerous essays and books, including CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories;Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches; and Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World. He is the co-founder of Watershed Media, a nonprofit research institution and publishing house, and co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a national organization that promotes farming systems that accommodate wild nature. He lives on a small homestead farm in northern California.
Dana Drugmand is a freelance environmental journalist from western Massachusetts. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mt. Holyoke College and has interned at the Worldwatch Institute and YES! Magazine. See more of her writing at www.oneearthnow.org and follow her on Twitter @Dana_Drugmand.
For over a decade, Dana Frasz has worked to inspire, support, and create social change through her work on college campuses, with businesses, and at Ashoka. She is the Founder and Director of Food Shift, an Earth Island Institute-sponsored project based in Oakland, CA dedicated to developing long-term sustainable solutions that reduce food waste, feed the hungry and provide jobs.
Daniel Adel — Contributor, Earth Island Journal
Daniel Adel, a former Earth Island Journal intern, is studying Environmental Studies, with concentration in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, at San Francisco State University.
Daniel Grossman has been a print journalist and radio and web producer for 25 years. He has reported from all seven continents including from near to both the south and north poles. View a selection of his work at dangrossmanmedia.com
Daniel J. Newcomer is an American journalist and writer currently living in southern Italy. His past work has been published in 34th Parallel, Crack the Spine, Howl Magazine, Elite Daily, and Indonesia Expat.
Daniel Kessler is communications director of Citizen Engagement Laboratory's Climate Lab.
Daniel Moss has worked in community-based resource management in the US and Latin America for 30 years. He writes on water issues for a variety of journals and blogs and coordinates Our Water Commons. He recently published a study entitled, “Urban Water Utilities and Upstream Communities Working Together”, about how Latin American water operators collaborate with upstream communities for watershed protection and water governance.
Daniel Nzohabonimana is a blogger and freelance journalist. He's a member of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters and the Society of EnvironmentalJournalists. He has written articles for The African Report and other online platforms. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Kenya University, a diploma in Internet Journalism from London School of Journalism, and a diploma in Freelance Journalism from The Writer’s Bureau.
Danielle Nierenberg is co-founder of Food Tank. She is an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She recently spent two years traveling to more than 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia looking at environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger and poverty. Her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 3,000 major publications including The New York Times, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, The Guardian(UK), the Mail and Guardian (South Africa), the East African (Kenya), TIME magazine, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Voice of America, the Times of India, and other major publications. Danielle worked for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.
Daryl George is a writer, as well as a current member and former executive board member of the Environmental Awareness Group, a leading Caribbean conservation group based in Antigua and Barbuda. He has first-hand experience in conservation work, including endangered species such as the Hawksbill turtle and the Antiguan Racer.
Dave Blanton is cofounder of Serengeti Watch, an Earth Island Institute project
Dave Foreman is one of North America’s leading conservationists, co founder of the Rewilding Institute, and author of eight books. Laura Carroll, a veteran editor and nonfiction author, collaborated with Dave Foreman in the development of the new edition of Man Swarm.
David Kroodsma is a climate researcher, environmental consultant, and author of the new book The Bicycle Diaries. Beginning in Fall 2005, Kroodsma rode his bicycle 21,000 miles – from California to the southern tip of South America, then across the United States – over two years to raise awareness of climate change.
David Lee Drotar's nature stories appear in USA Today, The Globe & Mail, New York Post, The Buffalo News and numerous other publications. He is the author of seven books including Steep Passages: A Worldwide Eco-Adventurer Unlocks Nature's Spiritual Truths.
David Osborn is a climate organizer with Rising Tide North America. He is also a faculty member at Portland State University.
Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 27 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.
David Volz is a freelance journalist who has written a variety of publications including the Sun Sentinel, South Florida Business Journal, Miami Herald, Parklander Magazine and Physician’s Financial News. He has a Masters in Communications from Florida Atlantic University and teaches Speech Communications at Miami Dade College and Broward College.
Dawn Starin, an honorary research associate at University College London, spent years studying the social behavior of the endangered red colobus monkeys in the Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia, West Africa. Some of her non-academic articles have been published in publications as varied as The Ecologist, The Humanist, In These Times, Natural History, New Internationalist, New Statesman, The New York Times, and Philosophy Now.
Dayton Duncan is an award-winning writer and film producer. He was one of the co-producers and co-writers of the PBS documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Buy a copy of Seed of the Future here.
Diego Ponce de Leon Barido is a MS/PhD student at the Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley. His research is in low-carbon (low-impact) economic development, modeling high renewable energy future scenarios, and finding ways of bringing the smart grid, and other disruptive ICTs to the rising south. His current work is in Nicaragua developing the SWITCH model – optimizing the penetration of renewable energy into the country’s electric power system, with the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (ERG/UC Berkeley). Read more about Diego: dleonb.com.
Donna Lisenby is the Upper Watauga Riverkeeper and the Waterkeeper Alliance Coal Campaign Coordinator from Boone, North Carolina. Donna is one of the most experienced Waterkeepers in the world with 15 years of history advocating for the protection, preservation and restoration of waterways. She plays a key role in investigating the coal industry and working with coalitions to end their illegal pollution. She appeared in the film Wal-Mart, the High Cost of Low Price where she exposed the retailers appalling failure to protect the environment. She also contributed to the National Geographic mini-documentary Clean Coal: Water Pollution at the Light Switch which recounted her research and response to the largest industrial spill in U.S. history. She was named an environmental hero in a video by the University of NC School of Journalism in 2009. Donna is the recipient 12 awards for her work to engage citizens and reduce industrial, sewage and sediment pollution into waterways. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and two beautiful grandchildren who motivate her work to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.
Doug Scott spent 40 years lobbying to persuade Congress to protect more national parks and wilderness areas. He is the author of The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage Through the Wilderness Act (2004) and Wild Thoughts: Short Selections of Great Writing about Nature and Wilderness and the People Who Protect Them (forthcoming 2015).
Dustin Wicksell is a freelance writer currently residing in Saratoga Springs, NY. Follow him on Twitter @drwicksell.
Ed Rampell is the co-author of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book. His Progressive Magazine interview with America’s former Poet Laureate is included in the new book Conversations with W.S. Merwin.
Eddie Bautista is an award-winning community organizer and urban planner who serves as executive director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance.
Eilís O'Neill is a freelance radio and print reporter based in New York City. Her work has appeared in The Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, and Sierra and has aired on many public radio shows. She has an MA in health and environment journalism from Columbia University.
Eliza Murphy writes from the Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Elizabeth Claire Alberts is a writer and environmental activist based in Australia. Her website is www.elizabethclairealberts.com
Elizabeth Gower is from a small suburb outside the Kansas City area. She graduated this past spring with a Bachelor of Journalism and a business minor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her goal is to educate Missourians on renewable energy while advocating for energy efficiency policies. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, traveling and hanging out with her dog.
Elizabeth Grossman — Contributing Writer, Earth Island Journal
Elizabeth Grossman is the author of Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health and the Promise of Green Chemistry, High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health, Watershed: The Undamming of America, and other books. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Salon, The Washington Post, The Nation, Mother Jones, Grist, Earth Island Journal, and other publications.
Elle Kurancid is an interdisciplinary newsgatherer from Peace River, Alberta, Canada, and is currently based in London, England. Portions of this article originally appeared on the VICE website. Kurancid did the reporting and photography for that article, which Michael Toledano wrote.
Emily DeMarco is a PublicSource fellow. She has been an independent journalist for Rustbelt Radio and worked in non-profit advocacy and media relations. She is originally from Pittsburgh and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in fine arts.
Emily Kirkland is a senior at Brown University.
Emily Zak is a Santa Fe-based freelance writer. Her work has also appeared in Ms. Magazine, Ms. Online, xoJane, Time.com and various newspapers.
Erica Etelson is a Berkeley-based community activist and journalist.
In more than 10 years on the environment beat, Erica Gies has covered energy, water, climate policy, green business, green building and urban planning, waste of many kinds, ecosystem biology, and more. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and on Grist.org. She lives in San Francisco and, in her spare time, travels and raises vegetables and native plants.
Erik Assadourian is Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute and co-director of State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? He is author of the book’s “Chapter 10: Re-engineering Cultures to Create a Sustainable Civilization” and “Chapter 27: Building an Enduring Environmental Movement.”
Eunice Blavascunas is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Whitman College in Washington.
Fabíola Ortiz is a Brazilian journalist reporting about human rights, politics, international affairs, sustainability, gender and social issues.
Gabriel Furshong writes from Missoula, Montana. His essays and reporting have appeared in High Country News, Earth Island Journal, Montana Quarterly, and the Cobalt Review, among other publications. He is the State Program Director for the Helena-based Montana Wilderness Association. Follow him on Twitter @gfurshong
Gar Smith is editor emeritus of Earth Island Journal and author of the new book Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth (Chelsea Green).
Gary Wockner is the Colorado program director for Clean Water Action. He is an award-winning environmental writer and advocate.
Genna Marie is a bilingual travel writer, blogger and photographer based in Costa Rica. She specializes in covering Latin American and conservation issues. You can see more of her writing and photography at www.gennamarie.com.
George Lavender is an independent radio and print journalist. He is a producer of Making Contact, a weekly half-hour public affairs program. He has worked as a radio reporter for several outlets, including Radio France International, Free Speech Radio News, and the Pacifica Network. His work has also appeared in The Guardian, New Internationalist, In These Times, Journal of Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Truth Out, and local newspapers in the US and UK. Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeLavender
Haley Zaremba is an undergraduate Media Studies student at the University of San Francisco where she helps lead Active Minds, a student group that works to destigmatize mental illness. In her free time, she enjoys reading and eating burritos.
Hanna Morris is an intern at Earth Island Journal. She is studying Society and Environment with a focus in Global Environmental Politics at the University of California, Berkeley. Hanna is the communications director for the UC Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center and founder of the Communicating Sustainability DeCAL.
Harvey Wasserman works for the permanent shutdown of the nuclear power industry and the birth of Solartopia, a democratic and socially just green-powered Earth free of all fossil and nuclear fuels. He writes regularly for a wide internet readership through solartopia.org, freepress.org and nukefree.org, which he edits. His current radio show, “the Solartopia Green Power Hour,” runs at TalktainmentRadio.com
Heather is the day-to-day director of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund where she guides the organization’s strategies to pass priority legislation.
Hilary Lewis is the online communications coordinator at Earthworks. Her broader commitment to protecting the environment has led her in a variety of directions, most notably to found her own organization, Composting Toilets International, which seeks to spread the critical, inexpensive technology around the world.
Ido Liven is an independent journalist based in the UK. Covering mainly the environment and international affairs for over eight years his stories have appeared in a range of international publications including IPS, Die Welt, Swissinfo, Haaretz and others. Twitter: @IdoLiven
Ishmael Akahoho is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jack Wax is a freelance writer living in Columbia, Missouri. His focus is the environment and agriculture.
Jacques Leslie writes narrative nonfiction about global environmental issues. His book on dams, Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for its “elegant, beautiful prose.” His latest work is an ebook, A Deluge of Consequences, that portrays a heroic high-altitude project in Bhutan to counter the effects of climate change.
James McVey recently rafted the Río Baker from its source to the sea. He is the author of The Wild Upriver and Other Stories (Arbutus Press) and The Way Home: Essays on the Outside West (The University of Utah Press).
James William Gibson writes regularly for Earth Island Journal. Among his books is The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam (1986).
Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife, is the former head of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Janika Oza is from Toronto, Canada and is currently studying at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Jared Bernard has a B.Sc. in Biology and a keen interest in the conflict between humans and the environment. His writing has recently appeared in American Forests and History Today.
Jason is a 25-year-old conservation scientist and writer. His goal is to become an ever more effective environmentalist.
Jason Halm is a Chicago native and a millennial; he likes to travel with an open mind and a deep heart, cook with no recipe and a cup of coffee, and get outside as much as possible.
Jason Mark — Editor, Earth Island Journal
Jason Mark is the longtime editor of Earth Island Journal and author of the new book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man. In addition to his work in the Journal, his writings on the environment have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, TheAtlantic.com, The Nation, The Progressive, and Salon.com, among many other publications. He is also a co-founder of Alemany Farm, San Francisco’s largest urban farm.
Jeff Conant — writer and social justice activist
Jemma Williams has an Honours degree in International Studies and specialises in sustainable development. She writes about social justice and environmental issues. Jemma is currently based in Sydney, Australia.
Jennifer Castner is Director of The Altai Project, an Earth Island Institute-sponsored project. She has been involved in civil society in Russia and Ukraine for 20 years. You can follow her on Twitter @jennifercastner. You can follow The Altai Project on Twitter @thealtaiproject or on Facebook.
Jennifer Kennedy is an independent journalist living in Central America. She reports on the environment and human rights.
Jennifer Krill — Executive Director, EARTHWORKS
As program director at Rainforest Action Network, Jennifer Krill helped lead campaigns to protect old growth forests and break America’s oil addiction. She is currently the executive director of EARTHWORKS, an advocacy group that focuses on the negative impacts of mineral and energy extraction.
Jennifer Meszaros and Gabriele Stoia form the perfect marriage as a writer-photographer duo. Based in Southeast Asia, they are always on the hunt for extraordinary stories not yet told. To learn more about their ethnography work around the globe, visit: www.gabryandjenny.com
Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor is a professor of Women's Studies and English at Penn State University. She is active member of and writer for the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which she is pleased to serve as a public ambassador. She lives in central Pennsylvania, a region that's currently under severe duress by the natural gas industry.
Jeremy Kryt — Contributing writer, Earth Island Journal
Jeremy Kryt is a Chicago-based journalist.
Jettie Word is the director of Earth Island Institute's The Borneo Project
Jim Yuskavitch is a conservation writer and photographer based in Sisters, Oregon. He is also editor of The Osprey, a journal published by the International Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee that advocates for wild Pacific salmon and steelhead conservation.
Jo Miles is an online organizer with Education and Outreach team.
Joe Harless is a freelance writer based in Tampa, FL. His work has focused on the area's history and politics.
Through his work with the Wildlands Network and the Rewilding Institute, John Davis has hiked or paddled across much of North America. Learn more at www.wildlandsnetwork.org
John Frederick Walker is the author of Ivory’s Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants. He has written on ivory trade issues for The Washington Post, National Geographic News, World Policy Journal, and other publications.
John Mulrow is the Interim Executive Director of Plant Chicago, a nonprofit organization working to develop closed-loop systems of food production, energy conservation and material reuse. Plant Chicago seeks to empower people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient.
John Quinn is a teacher and writer, focusing on environmental and community resource issues. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.
John Soltes is an award-winning journalist based in New Jersey. He has previously written about White Nose Syndrome killing of bats across the United States, ambassador wolves, and wild turkeys for Earth Island Journal.
Jonathan Mingle's writing on the environment, climate and development has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a former Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism, a recipient of the American Alpine Club's Zach Martin Breaking Barriers Award, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. He lives in Vermont.
Josh Coates — Contributor
Josh Coates is a campaigner for the Wilderness Society Australia. Coates is a qualified marine biologist and experienced conservation advocate who has been working for many years for the protection of Australia’s Kimberley region--one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. The Wilderness Society in Australia has no formal association with the US Wilderness Society and is one of Australia's largest environmental groups.
Josh Schlossberg is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and editor for The Biomass Monitor (TheBiomassMonitor.org), the leading publication in the U.S. covering the health and environmental impacts of biomass energy. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and encourages you to contact him at thebiomassmonitor [at] gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @BiomassMonitor.
Joshua Kahn Russell has trained thousands of young activists in nonviolence, civil disobedience, and campaign strategy. He is an organizer and trainer for 350.org and the Program Manager for Global Power Shift. For the last two years he has been focused on fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Joshua Zaffos writes on science and the environment from Fort Collins, Colorado. His work has appeared in High Country News, Wired, Pacific Standard, Daily Climate, and other print and online publications, and can be viewed at joshuazaffos.com. Support for this article came, in part, from COMPASS.
Julia Butterfly Hill gained international attention for living over two years in an over 1,000-year-old redwood tree without touching the ground in order to protect the tree from being cut down and to draw attention to the plight of the world’s old growth forests. She continues to work to help bring attention and support to crucial issues all over the world. www.juliabutterfly.com
Julie Dermansky is a multimedia reporter and artist based in New Orleans. She is an affiliate scholar at Rutgers University's Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Her work deals with climate change and social injustice. Her website at www.jsdart.com.
Juliet Grable is a freelance environmental writer based in Southern Oregon.
Justin Gerdes is an acting contributing editor for Earth Island Journal. He is an independent journalist specializing in energy issues whose work has appeared at the Guardian, Yale Environment 360, Forbes.com, Smithsonian.com, Ensia, City Lab, and MotherJones.com, among others. Follow him on Twitter @JustinGerdes
Justin Guay is the Program Officer, Climate at the Packard Foundation. He was formerly the Associate Director for the Sierra Club's International Climate Program, where he focused on energy lending reform at international financial institutions and global efforts to transition energy systems beyond coal to clean energy. He is based in San Francisco, California. Follow him on Twitter @guay_jg
Karen Hoffmann is a freelance journalist covering human rights and the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean. Follow her on Twitter at @karhoff.
Kathleen Braden is a Professor of Geography at Seattle Pacific University who has written on nature reserves and wildlife conservation in Russia.
Kendra Pierre-Louis is a researcher, strategist and independent journalist based in Queens, New York. The author of Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet (Ig Publishing), Kendra is obsessed with travel, language, nature, and human behavior. Kendra has worked for the United Nation’s Environment Programme, written for a number of publications including Newsweek, and appeared on CSPAN. You can find her on twitter @kendrawrites and on the web at morethanstuff.com/writing.
Ken Brower is the author of many books, including Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great American Mistake and Freeing Keiko: The Journey of a Killer Whale from Free Willy to the Wild. A regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, he is a member of the board of directors of Earth Island Institute.
Kevin Bailey is a Seattle-based writer and scientist. He is author of Billion Dollar Fish. His latest book: The Western Flyer: Steinbeck's Boat, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries releases in March 2015.
Kim Delfino is the California Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife.
Kit Duane — editorial intern at Earth Island Journal
Koohan Paik is Campaign Director, Asia-Pacific Program, International Forum on Globalization, as well as a writer and filmmaker. She is co-author with Jerry Mander of “The Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii’s Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism and the Desecration of the Earth” (Koa Books, 2009).
Kyle Thiermann is a 22-year-old pro surfer and creator and host of the hit YouTube series, Surfing For Change. A 2011 Brower Youth Award winner, Theirmann combines surfing great waves with making a series of short films about current issues that focus on the power we have to create a better world through everyday decisions.
Lana Straub is a freelance journalist living in the middle of West Texas, which at the moment is oil boom country. She focuses her efforts on energy related issues in the area, as well as groundwater conservation and contamination. She is trained paralegal with a bachelor's degree in political science, emphasis in legal assistant studies from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has taken several distance education sources to hone her journalism skills. She is a member of several professional journalism organizations, including SEJ, IRE, SPJ, AIR, NASW, JAWS and SABEW, and has written for the National Ground Water Association and ABC-Clio. She is also a radio producer for KXWT, West Texas Public Radio.
Laura Kiesel is an environmental freelance writer who lives in the Boston area. Her essays and articles have appeared in Earth Island Journal, E Magazine, Mother Jones, and Z Magazine
Laura Moser is a freelance writer based in Sacramento, California. She is primarily interested in environmental issues, and her work in climate change includes co-authoring a Sacramento region transportation climate adaptation plan.
Lauren Markham is a writer and educator based in Northern California. She was a 2011 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism, reporting on issues of climate migration in East Africa.
Lenny Antonelli is a journalist based in Ireland who covers the environment, science and the outdoors. He is deputy editor of the green building magazine Passive House Plus. His first book, East of Ireland Walks: on River and Canal has just been published by the Collins Press. His personal website is www.lennyantonelli.ie.
The Paris Climate Project asks writers, scientists, artists and others to predict the outcome of the Paris talks (the success or failure and what came subsequently) as if writing to their children’s children, six generations hence. In the letters, they tell future members of their own family or tribe, living at the turn of the century, what it was like to be alive during and after the historically crucial events of the upcoming U.N. climate talks.
Linda Wells is the associate director of organizing at Pesticide Action Network. Follow her @LindaatPAN
Lisa Owens Viani is co-founder of Raptors Are The Solution, an Earth Island Project working to educate the public about the dangers to children, pets, and wildlife from rodenticides.
Liz Cunningham is currently at work on Ocean Country, an adult non-fiction book which examines ocean conservation issues in four regions of the globe, the Carribean, the Coral Triangle, the Eastern Pacific and the Mediterranean. She is the author of Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age (Praeger), a series of oral-history interviews with top television journalists such as Tom Brokaw, Larry King, Robin MacNeil, and Bernard Shaw. To learn more about her work, visit lizcunningham.net.
Louella Hill is a cheesemaking instructor and the author of Kitchen Creamery, a book on home cheesemaking. She also serves as president of the California Artisan Cheese Guild. For more info, visit: www.sfmilkmaid.com.
Madeline Kovacs, Project Survival Media Co-Coordinator, has been a youth climate movement organizer and leader for five years, attending regional Midwest youth movement-building summits and events like Powershift ’07 and ’09. In college, she helped to develop campus renewable energy projects, received a Lilly research grant to study labor/environment coalition building, presented at the 2008 Pawlenty Governor’s Forum, and studied Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology in Brazil. In 2009, she served as the Midwest Outreach Coordinator for the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions. She has a degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies from Macalester College, where she received the Dean of Students Community Recognition Award for co-organizing a Focus the Nation 2008 campus event that drew 600 people. Madeline presently also serves as the Working Films Community Engagement Coordinator for Dirty Business, a new documentary film by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Marc Yaggi is Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance.
Margo Pierce is a freelance writer exploring STEM subjects. She's particularly interested in the impact of diverse perspectives on the development of new knowledge and communicating those discoveries in a way that everyone can understand. More of her work can be found at www.writerdiva.com
Mark Andrew Boyer wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas and practical actions. Mark is a photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has appeared in GOOD, Inhabitat, and Mindful Metropolis.
Mark D. Jordahl is communications specialist for TreeViver.
Mark Dowie is an investigative historian living in Willow Point, CA.
Mark J. Palmer is Associate Director of the International Marine Mammal Project.
Award-winning journalist Mark Schapiro explores the intersection of the environment, economics, and political power, most recently as a correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has been published in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360, and other publications. He has reported stories for the PBS newsmagazine Frontline/World, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio's Marketplace. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Mary Catherine O’Connor writes about the environment, adventure sports, and technology. www.mcoconnor.com
Matthew Hirsch is a freelance journalist living in Berkeley, CA. You can reach him at
Matthew Sherman is a Blackfoot Indian of the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia and a certified chemical dependency counselor in Ohio. He serves as a Federal Native American Spiritual Advisor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and is an American Indian Movement organizer. An activist against mountaintop removal mining, his life work has been to organize fellow American Indians to fight for human rights and against social and environmental injustices.
Maya Silver is a writer based in Golden, Colorado, and an editor at DiningOut magazines. She is the co-author of My Parent Has Cancer And It Really Sucks. For more about Maya, visit her blog at livingenius.com.
Maywa Montenegro studies the politics of sustainable agriculture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a former editor of Seed magazine and enjoys reading and writing about movements at the intersection of environment, development, and food.
Maywa Montenegro de Wit is a PhD candidate in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, with a masters degree in science writing from MIT. Her writings on the politics of agriculture and food have appeared in Gastronomica, Earth Island Journal, Seed Magazine, Grist, and the Boston Globe. Alastair Iles is a professor at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. He researches regulatory science in green chemistry and sustainable food, and is currently writing a book on the subject.
Melina Watts recently launched an environmental consulting firm and is developing a new edition of Living Lightly In Our Watersheds: A Guide to Living in the Santa Monica Mountains for an array of cities and agencies at the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, where she has raised more than $14 million to implement community-based watershed goals. She is shopping for a publisher for her environmentally-themed novel.
With the Center for Safe Energy, a project of the Earth Island Institute, Melissa organizes two-way environmental exchanges between the U.S. and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Her most recent exchange took place this summer, when she brought three environmental delegations to Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Russia’s Siberia. In Ukraine, together with the city of Berkeley’s Climate Action Coordinator the group met with local government and NGO leaders. In Kazakhstan, Melissa brought the city of San Francisco’s recycling coordinator to address issues of waste management and recycling. In Siberia, together with an EarthCorps volunteer and trails expert Melissa visited Lake Baikal’s two major National Parks to help promote regional ecotourism.
Michael Berry is a freelance writer and a long-time science fiction and fantasy columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon.com and a wide range of other publications.
Michael Carl is a lifelong angler as well as a freelance writer and photographer. His writing and photography have been published in American Angler, Bay Nature, Northwest Fly Fishing, Outdoor Life, Salmon & Steelhead Journal, Southwest Fly Fishing and TROUT Magazine. A goal of his work is spotlighting the struggle of native and wild fish to survive in the American West where freshwater and healthy ecosystems are becoming scarce.
Michael Dax is a regular contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News. His first book, Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in the Mountain West, will be published next year by University of Nebraska Press. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Cultural anthropologist Michael French Smith first worked in Papua New Guinea in 1973 and in Kragur Village in 1975. His most recent book, A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea is a story of Papua New Guinea village life in the new millennium, and is due out in 2013.
Michael Sainato is a freelance writer from Albany, New York, currently residing in Gainesville, Florida. His work has appeared at The Huffington Post, Miami Herald, Miami Times, and Gainesville Sun. Follow him on Twitter @msainat1
Michael Silverstein is a former senior editor at Bloomberg’s Markets magazine. His most recent book is Gorilla Warfare Against The Bureaucratic State (Confessions of a Lefty Libertarian).
Michele Hertz is an artist, sculptor, very enthusiastic gardener and an environmental activist.
Michele Simon, JD, MPH, is a public health lawyer specializing in legal strategies to counter corporate tactics. She is president of Eat Drink Politics, a corporate watchdog consulting firm. She has been writing about the politics of food since 1996 and her book, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, was published in 2006 by Nation Books. Her groundbreaking 2007 report on alcoholic energy drinks led to a federal ban. Simon has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Michelle Tolson has an MSc in community development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked on research projects in New York City and Cambodia. As an international correspondent, she has written from the Asia Pacific and U.S. for publications such as Inter Press Service, The Diplomat, and RH Reality Check.
Mick Sweetman is a journalist and communications specialist. His articles and photos have also been published in Alternet, Basics, The Calgary Straight, Canadian Dimension, Clamor Magazine, Industrial Worker, Linchpin, The Media Co-op, New Socialist, Northeastern Anarchist, They call it struggle, Vox Magazine and ZNet. He calls Toronto home and is unabashedly a supporter of Toronto FC. You can follow him on Twitter @Mick Sweetman.
Mike Murphy is an environmental activist, citizen journalist, and educator. Murphy and his elementary school students study ecoliteracy in San Francisco. He lives with his family a couple of blocks from Pacific Ocean in San Francisco’s La Playa neighborhood. He and his 6-year-old son, Finn, are community gardeners actively working to protect their urban environment.
Mike Van Abel is the executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, which since 1988 has worked to create, enhance, and preserve the mountain biking experience.
Minda Berbeco is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education and a Visiting Scholar at the UC Museum of Paleontology. You can follow her on Twitter at @MindaBerbeco or online at ncse.com/blog.
Morgan is a wandering climate activist and an editorial board member of It’s Getting Hot in Here. He organized at Williams College until his aprubt and unfortunate graduation in 2008. There, he was a Chinese major, student body co-president and one of the leaders of Thursday Night Group, the campus climate action group. Since graduating, in no particular order, Morgan has worked on a community energy efficiency campaign in western Mass, co-directed NH SPROG for the SSC and worked on Power Vote in Cleveland. He also traveled in China, networking with youth climate activists and learning about the solar hot water business. He worked on Long Island for a solar and wind company doing home evaluations and sales. And he spent the better part of a year in DC at the Avaaz Action Factory causing trouble for a good cause.
Nancy Averett is a freelance science journalist who writes for a variety of national publications and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Nathan Heintz, is a change agent, storyteller, and social scientist passionate about Indigenous rights and Latin American social movements. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences issued jointly by Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. He has also studied at the Center for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.
After teaching English for three years in Russia and on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Nicky now writes for the Earth Island Journal.
Nicole Ellena is the founder of MVMT, an environmental communication collective based in Santiago, Chile. Her love for the environment has driven her to work on conservation efforts in both Chile and California, and she specializes in conservation and new media.
Niki Beigi is a fourth-year Environmental Studies major studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a passion for environmental journalism, and is interested in keeping the public informed on the global issues of today.
Nityanand Jayaraman is a Chennai-based writer and volunteer with the Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle
Nora McDevitt is a documentary filmmaker, writer and owner of Little City Pictures. She is in post-production on a feature documentary on climate change’s collateral damage and the race to save planet Earth. She blogs at: littlecitypictures.wordpress.com.
Owen Poindexter is a freelance journalist, covering technology and politics. His work has appeared in Alternet, the Huffington Post, and FutureStructure, among others. Follow him on Twitter @owenpoindexter, and see his work at owenpoindexter.com.
Pamela Flick is Defenders of Wildlife's California representative, based in Sacramento.
Panagioti Tsolkas is the program coordinator of Human Rights Defense Center’s burgeoning Prison Ecology Project. He is also a former editor of the Earth First! Journal, a father and a community organizer based currently in Lake Worth, Florida.
Paul Koberstein is editor of Cascadia Times, an online environmental journal published from Portland, Oregon. Koberstein has been a staff writer for The Oregonian, a daily newspaper published in Portland, and Willamette Week. In 2004 he won the John B. Oakes Award for distinguished environmental journalism for articles on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Paul Koberstein is editor of Cascadia Times, an environmental journal published in Portland, Oregon. He has written previously about open-air GMO experimentation in Hawaii for PR Watch. Eliza Murphy is an independent writer based in Eugene, Oregon.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias is a freelance journalist who regularly covers Latin America and environmental issues for international print and broadcast media, French public television and Swissinfo. Born in New York, Paula has worked and lived in Peru, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Peter Dreier is professor of politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, was recently published by Nation Books. Barry Commoner is one of the people profiled in that book.
Phil Radford is the executive director of Greenpeace-USA.
Prathap Nair is a Bangalore, India-based independent writer keen on writing about wildlife conservation, sustainable livelihoods and offbeat destinations. His travel blog can be accessed at thesunlitwindow.wordpress.com
Rachel Smolker is codirector of Biofuelwatch and a climate justice activist. She has a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan, and worked previously as a field zoologist.
Ravindra Krishnamurthy is a freelance science writer based in Bangalore, India. He writes regularly for Permaculture News on environment, sustainable living, renewable energy, organic farming, permaculture, global warming and climate change.
Ray Mwareya is an international reporter for the Global South Development Magazine.
Rebecca Heisman is a naturalist, writer, and educator who lives in Walla Walla, Washington. For more of her writing, visit her website at http://rebeccainthewoods.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @ twitter.com/r_heisman.
San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the award-winning author of 13 books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. They include November 2010’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, a book of 22 maps and nearly 30 collaborators; last year’s A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, and many others, including Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities and, Wanderlust: A History of Walking. Solnit has worked with climate change, Native American land rights, antinuclear, human rights, antiwar and other issues as an activist and journalist. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a contributing editor to Harper’s and frequent contributor to the political site Tomdispatch.com and has made her living as an independent writer since 1988.
Rebecca Tarbotton is the executive director of the San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network, www.ran.org.
Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva received the Brower Youth Award in 2011 for their campaign to reform the Girl Scouts’ palm oil purchasing policy.
Ric O’Barry — Campaign Director, Save Japan Dolphins, Earth Island Institute
Climate activist, social entrepreneur, and online journalist Richard Graves is founder and director of Fired Up Media, a project of Earth Island Institute. He served as the blogger/online campaigner for the Global Campaign for Climate Action, the Editor for It’s Getting Hot in Here – Dispatches from the Youth Climate Movement and served as a Program Director for Americans for Informed Democracy. He is a member of the international committee of the Online News Association, as well as the Society of Professional Journalists, and contributes to numerous online news outlets. He is a recipient of the International Youth Foundation’s Global Fellowship for 2008, was a semi-finalist for Echoing Green, and received the Project Slingshot award.
Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow at Post Carbon Institute and is the author of 11 books, most recently Snake Oil: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future. More at www.richardheinberg.com.
Author-activist Rick Bass has written more than 20 books. He’s a board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council: www.yaakvalley.org.
Riki Ott — Project Director for Ulitmate Civics
Riki Ott, PhD, directs the ALERT Project, a project of Earth Island Institute. For more information about the EPA rulemaking, please visit the Federal Register. Comments on EPA’s rulemaking must be received by April 22.
Ritu Bharadwaj is Project Survival Media’s team leader in India. An independent filmmaker based in New Delhi, Ritu is a zealous storyteller. She wants to use the power of visual media to build a stronger climate change movement and documentary production is a means by which she derives greater meaning in her work. Project Survival Media is a project of Earth Island Institute.
RL Miller (@RL_Miller on twitter) is a climate blogger, chair of the California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus, and founder of the Climate Hawks Vote SuperPac. The author’s opinions expressed in this piece do not represent the views of any of those organizations.
Robert Bateman is an author as well as an avid sailor and enthusiastic environmentalist. He lives in Gloucerstershire, England.
Robert Fulton is a Los Angeles based writer, living in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz neighborhood with his wife and two cats. Fulton writes about health care, housing, sustainability, entertainment, music, sports and pretty much everything under the sun.
Robert J. Cabin is a professor of ecology and environmental science at Brevard College. He is the author of Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice (Island Press, 2011) and Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press, 2013)
Robert Rogers is an intern at the Mattole Restoration Council, a wildlife restoration non-profit located along the Mattole River in Northern California. He is currently a senior at San Francisco State University studying natural resource management and journalism, and solemnly swears that he has never smoked weed, like, ever.
Robynne Boyd began writing about people and the planet while living barefoot and by campfire on the North Shore of Kaua‘i, Hawaii. Over a decade later, and now fully dependent on electricity, she continues this work from her home in Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, is the author of the seminal books Wilderness and the American Mind (re-issued this year by Yale University Press) and The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics.
Ron Engeldinger is a freelance writer living in Portland Oregon. He is an avid outdoorsman and international traveler. His writings focus on culture, history, travel, and environmental issues.
Is based in Toronto, Canada, where he is an editor for Post City magazines and contributes to The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The National Post and the London Business Times.
Sam Worley is a writer and editor in southwest Ohio. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Awl, Next City, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter @samuel_worley.
Sandra Cuffe is a freelance journalist reporting on environmental, Indigenous, and human rights issues in Central America and Canada. Follow her on Twitter: @Sandra_Cuffe
Sara Santiago is a Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Future 500, a global nonprofit specializing in stakeholder engagement and building bridges between parties at odds — often corporations and NGOs, the political right and left, and others — to advance systemic solutions to urgent sustainability challenges.
Sasha Harris-Lovett is a freelance environmental journalist and a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group.
Scott Faber is Vice resident of Government Affairs at Environmental Working Group.He leads a team working to improve food and farm legislation, chemicals policy and a host of other issues important to EWG and its supporters.
Sena Christian is an independent journalist based in Sacramento, California. Find her on Twitter @SenaCChristian.
Shadia Fayne-Wood is a founder and director of Project Survival Media, a global youth media network (sponsored by Earth Island Institute) producing photo and video stories of survival and ingenuity in the face of climate change. Shadia is also a member of the Energy Action Coalition Board of Directors.
Sharla Stone is a freelance writer and blogger, focusing on green living, environmental and humanitarian issues. She is an advocate of our planet and its citizens (including non-human ones) and she volunteers with Earth Cause Global.
Sharon Kelly is a Philadelphia-based lawyer and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Legal Intelligencer.
Sharon Wilson is the Gulf Regional Organizer of the watchdog group Earthworks. Most people know her as TXsharon, author of the blog, Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS that focuses on local and global drilling issues.
Shem Oirere is a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya with an interest in Africa’s energy, water and construction sectors and has covered the sector for both national and international publications.
Shepherd Bliss has operated the Kokopelli Farm for two-dozen years in Sebastopol, CA. He, teaches part-time at the Dominican University of California, and has contributed to 24 books.
Shirley G. Koelling is a writer, educator, and enjoys photography. She has a Masters of Science in Education.
Simon Arms is a Berlin-based freelance writer.
Simon Davis-Cohen is a freelance journalist. He is reporting on issues affecting the citizens' initiative process in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Follow him @SimonDavisCohen.
Sonia Luokkala is an environmental journalist from Finland, where during the past ten years she has written about issues such as the civil and land rights violations against the indigenous Sámi people of Finnish and Swedish Lapland. She moved to the States two years ago, and is currently leading a nomadic lifestyle with her baby daughter, dog and husband.
Spencer Fleury is a former geography professor who lives and writes in Florida.
Stephen Kretzmann is Founder and Executive Director of Oil Change International, a research and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of our addiction to fossil fuels. Learn more at priceofoil.org.
Stephen is an independent journalist who covers international environmental issues in the public interest. He's reported from every continent in the world over the past 20 years. The bulk of his journalism in recent years has been for the Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) as senior correspondent for science and the environment. IPS is a non-profit news service headquartered in Rome with a focus on events and issues affecting the developing world. His work also appears in National Geographic NewsWatch, New Scientist, Mo Magazine (Brussels), The Guardian (UK), Al Jazeera, Reuters, The Toronto Star, Common Dreams, Alternet and many others. To continue this work at a time of severe cutbacks and closure of many media, Leahy launched Community Supported Journalism, please visit the link and offer your support.
Stephen Quirke is a community organizer and journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He has worked with Bark – Defenders of Mt. Hood National Forest, and actively organizes with Portland Rising Tide. He is currently the community organizer at Portland-based Neighbors for Clean Air.
Steve Blank is a retired serial entrepreneur-turned-educator who is changing how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is being taught. He created the Customer Development methodology that launched the lean startup movement, and wrote about the process in his first book, The Four Steps to the Epiphany. His second book, The Startup Owner's Manual, is a step-by-step guide to building a successful company. Blank teaches the Customer Development methodology in his Lean LaunchPad classes at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, Columbia University and the National Science Foundation. He writes regularly about entrepreneurship at www.steveblank.com.
Steven DeWitt is a Colorado based outdoor adventure and conservation photographer.
Sumana Narayanan has worked in a wide range environmental fields, including medicinal plant conservation and traditional knowledge; livelihood and sustainability in fisheries; journalism; urban waste management; and energy policy. She is also a freelance writer, covering the environment, culture, and history, among other topics.
Tao Orion is a permaculture designer, teacher, homesteader, and mother living in the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon. She teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho, a 40-acre nonprofit sustainable-living educational organization. When she is not writing, she is busy keeping up with her toddler and wrangling a diverse array of plants and animals on her 6.5-acre homestead, Viriditas Farm.
Tara Holmes is the Communications Coordinator at The Borneo Project, an Earth Island Institute-sponsored project that, for more than 20 years, has worked with Indigenous communities to protect the rainforest and support fights for land rights.
Ted Nace — Author and director of Earth Island Project CoalSwarm
Ted Nace is the author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy and the director of CoalSwarm, a collaborative information clearinghouse on U.S. and international coal mines, plants, companies, politics, impacts, and alternatives.
Teri Shore is program director at the Turtle Island Restoration Network.
For over twenty years, The Borneo Project has worked with indigenous communities in Malaysian Borneo to protect their rainforests and land rights.
The Christensen Fund is a nonprofit that promotes biocultural diversity. It seeks to support the resilience of living diversity at landscape and community level around the world in partnerships with Indigenous peoples and others.
The Guardian UK, one of Britain's top daily newspapers, provides coverage of international environmental issues. Earth Island Journal is a member of the Guardian's Environment News Network.
The Media Consortium — Contributing group
The Media Consortium is a network of the country’s leading independent journalism organizations, including Earth Island Journal, as well as several other outlets (click here for a full list). The Media Consortium is creating a solid cooperative infrastructure that will serve a 21st-century audience and offer a sustainable future for independent media. Millions of Americans are looking for honest, fair, and accurate journalism-We’re finding new ways to reach them.
Tina Gerhardt is an independent journalist and academic who covers international climate negotiations, domestic energy policy and related direct actions. Her work has appeared in Alternet, Grist, The Nation, The Progressive and the Washington Monthly, as well as Business Green and Climate Progress.
Tom Athanasiou — Author and director of Earth Island Project EcoEquity
Tom Athanasiou, the director of the Earth Island projectEcoEquity has been a close observer of the climate negotiations since 1999. He codirects both the Climate Action Network’s Equity Working Group and the Climate Equity Reference Project. His principle interest is distributional justice within the context of an emergency global climate mobilization, which he hopes to live to see.
Author and photojournalist Tom Clynes covers environmental issues, science, and extraordinary personalities for magazines such as National Geographic, Popular Science, Men’s Journal and GQ, and is the author of the book “Wild Planet.” Tom’s magazine stories often appear in Houghton-Mifflin’s “Best American” series of magazine-writing anthologies.
Tom Kuglin is a graduate student in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism at the University of Montana where he tells the stories of wildlife and wild places. A Montana native, Tom has called Missoula, home for the last 10 years, taking full advantage of the outdoors with his wife Dusty and their lab Karma.
Tracy Mann leads an all-volunteer staff as Project Director for Climate Wise Women, platform for grassroots women’s leadership on climate change action. She is a New York-based public relations and business development professional with over 25 years' experience developing opportunities for international creative industries and technologies and is a long-time consultant to SXSW. Mann served as a communications specialist for the Global Campaign for Climate Action during the UN General Assembly and Climate Summit where her work on high-level women-focused events led to the formation of Climate Wise Women, which is also an Earth Island Project.
Trish Riley covers environmental issues for national and international publications. She is a founding directorof the environmental film festival Cinema Verde and publisher of www.GoGreenNation.org.
Vanessa Kellerhals is a young Swiss journalist currently based in Beirut, Lebanon, where she works for a local newspaper.
Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) is an attorney, author, activist, law professor, and tribal judge. He represents Indian tribes on important legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights, and repatriation rights. He is the recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s Lawrence Baca Lifetime Achievement Award. More at: www.walterechohawk.com
William H. Funk is a freelance writer, documentary filmmaker and environmental lawyer living in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. His work explores the confluences of the natural world, history, culture, law and politics, and as an attorney he has had broad experience with land preservation and endangered species. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or williamhfunk.weebly.com
William Ryerson is the CEO of the Population Institute and founder and President of Population Media Center, which has pioneered ways to use television and radio dramas to spread effective messages about family planning.
Winifred Bird is a freelance journalist and translator focusing on the environment and architecture. From 2005 to 2014 she lived in rural Japan, where she covered the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disaster for publications including the Japan Times, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Yale Environment 360. When she’s not writing she can usually be found in her vegetable garden. She currently lives in the California Bay Area.
Woody Hastings is the Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Sonoma County-based Climate Protection Campaign. He can be reached at email@example.com
Yao Li, a graduate student majored in communication in Pepperdine University, concentrating on science communication. She used to be an editor of Chinese National Geography for two years and published more than 20 science reports on Geography E-weekly and dili360.com/
Yotam Marom is a political organizer, activist, educator, musician, and writer based in New York City, and a founding member of the Organization for a Free Society. His writing can be found at www.ForLouderDays.net.