She loves to mountain bike. She loves kids. She cares about the environment. How did Marilyn Price meld her favorite things? She started Trips for Kids in 1988 to share her passions for mountain biking and the environment with urban kids who may never get the chance to get out into nature. Trips for Kids chapters are now found all over the U.S. and internationally. Maybe you would like to start a chapter.
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.
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.
Michael Murphy is a pioneer in the human potential movement. He co-founded the Esalen Institute with Dick Price in 1962 on the beautiful Big Sur coast in California. For some, Esalen was the "center of the universe" spawning a unique spiritual movement in the 1960s. Michael speaks about his beginning consciousness in environmentalism and how various individuals have informed his life's spiritual work, his concepts about nature, and his overall world view.
To some, our love of nature begins with catching a fish. Ane Deister experienced her love of nature this way and that love grew into a successful career in environmental engineering. As the Assistant Secretary of California Resources during the early Jerry Brown administration in Sacramento, Ms. Deister led the Resources Agency by applying the principles of net energy accounting. Ane explains how environmental engineering combined with the ability to clearly communicate are essential skills that can be applied to solve difficult problems.
Michael Wright, former director of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, shares a snapshot of his 35-years of experience in land conservation. In developing countries, how does conservation affect the poor and subsistence populations in areas targeted for parks? How can we better negotiate international conservation projects so that the projects balance competing interests? Michael has spent his career working on this issue and shares a few ideas.