Marty Krasney is the Executive Director of the Dalai Lama Fellows. He is severely nearsighted and sees things differently. Not only is Marty a successful executive, but also a literary scholar. Marty shares his insights about literature, philosophy, and environmental and political writers. He explains how many authors of classical literature were often writing about some of the earliest environmental themes. Marty shares his personal "lessons learned" including those that have helped him "think outside the box."
Jodie Evans is a real life superhero! Where does the co-founder of CODEPINK find her courage and voice to fight for peace and justice? Jodie shares stories about three of her mentors and what she has learned from each of them. She speaks about finding her voice, sharing "the message" and describes how her work has enriched her life and has unleashed a profound joy.
Malcolm Margolin is an author and publisher, whose deep curiosity about California Native American culture in the 1970s helped rekindle its importance to all cultures. He begins with an endearing story about his early childhood experience with nature. He tells us a bit about publishing and the founding of Heyday Books. Malcolm then shares some examples of what he has learned about sustainability and alternative ways of being from the native people's perspective.
Lloyd G. Carter, a former UPI and Fresno journalist, broke the 1982 news story about the selenium poisoning at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. Lloyd divides his career as pre-Kesterson and post-Kesterson because of the impact this issue has had on his life's work. His story, told in biblical terms, enlightens all of us about the selenium soil contamination in this important agricultural area of the Central Valley. Lloyd's story is about politics, soils, drainage and what the future holds for California agriculture, water, and wildlife in the San Joaquin Valley.
How does a wildlife field biologist become the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service? Jack Ward Thomas, a wildlife biologist, professor, and former Chief of the USFS talks about his love of public lands, his role in securing critical habitat for the endangered Northern spotted owl and the serious tradeoffs that were a consequence of this scientific and political decision.
Here is a story about the power of media and how it changed the course of history in the Grand Canyon. Jerry Mander understands media and corporate influence and he shares his thoughts about how media sways society. As a longtime advertising professional and media expert, Mander was the first to use his intimate knowledge of the media to affect nonprofit campaigns for environmental and social changes. He tells us how his creative ad campaign had an unprecedented outcome and successfully halted several dams in the Grand Canyon.