In 1974 Elaine was the first (and only) woman to lead the Black Panther Party. So what did the Black Panthers and Huey Johnson, an environmentalist, have in common? A lot, as we will learn in this interview between Huey and Elaine. Elaine shares the lessons she learned from Huey Johnson and how they have influenced her life's work. She explains her current project aimed to create opportunities for those with "extreme barriers to employment" such as former inmates, disabled people and others. Her passion and spirit should inspire us all.
A lifelong activist for wilderness, a wholesome environment, and peace and social justice, Michael Frome, at age 95, has stories to tell. A strong and principled journalist since the 1960s, he is one to tell the truth about our public lands and parks. He has always been passionate about telling stories about the management of federal public lands. His stories and reports have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He is also a prolific author of many books as well. Because of his outspoken views on the threats to public lands, he was fired from several jobs. However, he would not be silenced, he continued to report on topics such as clear cutting forests and the influence of logging, grazing, mining and hydropower threats to public lands.
Ken tells the story of how he started his career to become one of the foremost environmental writers today. As the eldest son of environmentalist, David Brower, Ken developed an early love of wilderness and was able to convey his thoughts eloquently in writing. In this video, Ken talks about his writing, some ideas concerning wilderness, and reminisces about his famous father.
Among Ken's published environmental works are two very unique biographies: one about the scientist Freeman Dyson and his son, George (The Starship and the Canoe) and the other, a biography of his father (The Wildness Within), which kicked off a one-year celebration of David Brower's 100th birthday.
Robert Garcia shares his story about The City Project, which he founded in Los Angeles in 2000. The City Project exists to build support for city parks as a civil rights issue for communities of color. The City Project is based on the idea that children in the inner cities deserve to have a safe, green, place to play. In order to appreciate nature, children must first experience it for themselves. Robert explains why this issue is important to him.
For over 30 years, Joanna Rogers Macy has been teaching in workshops and trainings that help people move through their despair and denial about nuclear proliferation and ecological destruction and to act with a renewed sense of purpose. In this interview, she highlights the paradox of our material worldview, and the joy of greening the self, seeing ourselves as part of earth's ecology, which she has written about extensively.