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.
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 Writer, Earth Island Journal
Adam Federman is a frequent contributor to Earth Island Journal. 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.
Alex Johnson's writing has appeared in Orion, Astrobiology, Camas, and elsewhere.
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.
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.
Anirvan Chatterjee is a bibliophile, technologist, and climate activist from Berkeley, California.
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and the co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund. She currently directs the Real Food Media Project and its Food MythBusters initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — Intern, Earth Island Journal
Daniel Adel is studying Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University, with a major-emphasis in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice. He has a strong interest in how our environments feed into society, which he likens to as "the places that inhabit us." He is driven by a desire to inform the greater public and inspire people to become the agents for essential, transformative change. In addition to writing at the Journal, he has a passion for pushing for sustainable development initiatives in cities, both as a way to curb climate change and other immediate ecological concerns, and also to set the impetus for social change. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, it was the sense of place he developed from it at a young age – its open spaces and vibrant places, and the sights of tall, arching bridges and hills giving away to the great blue expanse that binds the region together – that inspired him to pursue the environmental field.
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 Kessler is communications director of 350.org.
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.
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.
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.
Ed Rampell is an LA-based film historian and critic and co-author of The Hawai’i Movie and Television Book, to be released by Honolulu’s Mutual Publishing on November 25.
Eilís O'Neill is a radio, print, and multimedia reporter based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She covers primarily poverty and the environment.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Ido Liven is an independent journalist based in Israel. Covering mainly the environment and international affairs for over seven years his stories have appeared in a range of international publications including IPS, Die Welt, Swissinfo, Haaretz and others.
Ishmael Akahoho is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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).
Jason Mark — Editor, Earth Island Journal
Jason Mark is a writer-farmer with a deep background in environmental politics. In addition to his work in the Earth Island Journal, his writings have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The Progressive, Utne Reader, Orion, Gastronomica, Grist.org, Alternet.org, E magazine, and Yes! He is a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots and also co-author with Kevin Danaher of Insurrection: Citizen Challenges to Corporate Power. When not writing and editing, he co-manages Alemany Farm, San Francisco’s largest food production site.
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 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.
Jeremy Kryt — Contributing writer, Earth Island Journal
Jeremy Kryt is a Chicago-based journalist.
Jo Miles is an online organizer with Education and Outreach team.
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 previously wrote about White Nose Syndrome for Earth Island Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Laura Bridgeman has long been interested in environmental issues. After graduating from university in Canada, she came to work with the Earth Island Institute to follow her passion. She works closely with Ric O'Barry's Save Japan Dolphins project and is also involved in fostering youth leadership with Earth Island Institute's New Leaders Initiative.
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
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 great outdoors. He is deputy editor of the green building magazine Passive House Plus, and writes regularly for The Irish Times. He is currently working on a radio documentary about Ireland's ocean ecosystems. His personal website is at lennyantonelli.ie.
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.
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.
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 J. Palmer is Associate Director of the International Marine Mammal Project.
Mary Catherine O’Connor is a seasoned freelance writer who covers topics ranging from adventure sports to clean technology. Her recent work appears in Fast Company, Wired.com, The Bold Italic, Entrepreneur, Earth2Tech, WorldChanging, Women's Adventure magazine, Greener World Media and Triple Pundit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a journalist, she has contributed to publications such as the UB Post of Mongol News Group (Mongolia), the Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia), and international publications such as Inter Press Service and Global Post.
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.
After teaching English for three years in Russia and on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Nicky now writes for the Earth Island Journal.
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.
Panagioti Tsolkas is an editor on the Earth First! Journal and an organizer with Everglades EF!. He has fought dozens of corporations and state agencies, participating in blockades, occupations, paper-wrenching lawsuits and mass mobilizations across the US and abroad. He's been arrested 18 times as a result of direct actions between 1997 and 2013, and was named “Troublemaker of the Year” in New Times magazine, 2009. This article is one of a collection of writings on the basics of direct action. The EF! Media Project, which he is also a part of, is in the process of coordinating to release an updated version of the Earth First! Direct Action Manual. It is due out early next year and will include details on carrying out many tactics mentioned in the above article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riki Ott — Project Director for Ulitmate Civics
Riki Ott, PhD, has written two books on the Exxon Valdez oil spill impacts on people, communities, and wildlife, including the recently released Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. A marine toxicologist and former fisherma’am, she is project director of Ultimate Civics, a project of Earth Island, and a national spokesperson with Move To Amend, a grassroots campaign advocating Constitutional amendments to restrict corporate power.
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.
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.
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 a newspaper reporter in California, but enjoys writing about social justice and sustainability for magazines in her free time. She is an avid soccer player and recently planted her first vegetable garden.
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.
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.
Simon Arms is a Berlin-based freelance writer.
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.
Steven DeWitt is an Eagle County, Colorado based photographer focused on lower-impact outdoor adventure activity and environmental activism.
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.
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 is the director of EcoEquity and a member of the Greenhouse Development Rights authors group. His interests focus on distributive justice within a context of global environmental emergency. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and reports, including The Right to Development in a Climate Constrained World, Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming, and Divided Planet: the Ecology of Rich and Poor. He is currently developing a new book, the working title of which is A New Deal for the Greenhouse Century.
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.
Vanessa Kellerhals is a young Swiss journalist currently based in Beirut, Lebanon, where she works for a local newspaper.
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 email@example.com or williamhfunk.weebly.com
Winnie Bird is an environmental reporter living in Japan, where she writes about science, nature, and architecture for Yale Environment 360, Science, Dwell, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. Recently she has reported on the environmental impacts of nuclear decontamination projects, Japan's alternative energy scene, and how hundreds of chemical factories were destroyed by the tsunami last March. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and nature editor at Kyoto Journal. Articles and info at www.winifredbird.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.
Zoe Loftus-Farren is an intern at Earth Island Journal. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and has experience working on issues concerning climate change, environmental justice, food policy and endangered species.