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Our Environment speakers & programs addressing the environmental issues of the day

Gro Brundtland

The former Prime Minister of Norway and Chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development, Brundtland serves as UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, seeking ways to balance human enterprise with the planet’s limits. As the force behind the “Brundtland Report” on sustainability over 20 years ago, she continues to focus on climate change and global warming.

Ralph Nader

Nader is one of the world’s most important activists, without whom the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts may have never existed. The former Green Party candidate for President makes it his life’s purpose to improve quality of life, challenging corporate America on such issues as energy consumption, global warming, and the exploitation of the environment.

Alexandra Cousteau

A passionate environmentalist and water policy expert, Cousteau is also the granddaughter of celebrated French explorer Jacques Cousteau. As the co-founder of Blue Legacy International and the co-host (along with brother Philippe) of Blue August on Planet Green, she has devoted her life to helping preserve the waters of our planet.

Raj Patel

A food policy expert, journalist, and author of the international bestseller Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel offers an intelligent, thought-provoking examination of the growing worldwide food crisis, explaining the steps it will take to regain control of the global food economy and rebalance global sustenance.

Steve Curwood

We all know the doom and gloom about our lifestyles and the planet. But Curwood, host and executive producer of “Here on Earth” on NPR, details how we have the power to keep Earth’s Armageddon from happening: All we have to do is act smart about how we live, and transform challenges into opportunities for change.

Vandana Shiva

A world-renowned environmental leader, Shiva is the Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology who has been recognized by Time as an “Environmental Hero.” One of India’s leading physicists, she has also written such books as Water Wars: Pollution, Profits and Privatization and Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis.

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Joseph P. Kennedy, II

After over a decade of service in the US House of Representatives, Kennedy founded Citizens Energy Corporation, a nonprofit with an aim to provide low-cost heating oil to the poor and elderly. As chairman and president, he grew the organization by incorporating the largest energy conservation firm in the US.

Sheryl WuDunn

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, WuDunn is wellknown for her reporting on the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and her best-selling book, Half the Sky, which she co-authored with husband Nick Kristof. However, she also has a keen focus on the preservation of the environment; an advocate for renewable energy, she works to raise awareness of its importance.


speakers & programs addressing the environmental issues of the day

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Mark Bittman A leading voice in the food movement, Bittman has been called a visionary for his rallying cry to change the way America eats. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Food Matters, which broke new ground in exploring the links between food, health, and the environment.

Judith Levine After 30 years as a journalist, activist, and author, Levine became environmentally motivated to cut her consumerism back to the basics. She spent one year buying only the necessities in life, and then penned her experiences in the memoir Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping.

Richard Carmona As the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Carmona worked to shift the nation’s focus from being reactive to proactive with its citizens’ heath. He addresses the impact unhealthy homes, offices, and schools have on general wellbeing and what can be done to improve them.

Alexander Likhotal A former adviser to President Mikhail Gorbachev, Likhotal is now president and CEO of Green Cross International. A wise and experienced voice on the social, economic, and political future of an increasingly climate-conscious world, he offers insight into managing the global environmental crisis.

Robin Chase As a founder of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online-ride sharing community, Chase has had a profound impact in changing the way people think about traditional auto transportation.

Bill Nye You may know him from Bill Nye the Science Guy, but Nye is also the host of Planet Green’s Stuff Happens, a show examining the everyday “stuff ” of our lives and the far-reaching effects our actions have on the planet. He is the author of Bill Nye the Science Guy Considers the Big Blue Ocean.

César Gaviria The former President of Colombia and OAS Secretary General, Gaviria is also a staunch advocate of environmental issues. He serves on the Board of Directors of Oceana, a global organization that works to reduce pollution and prevent the irreversible collapse of marine populations.

Summer Rayne Oakes Ringing in a new eco-movement, Oakes is an eco-model, environmental researcher, activist, and the co-founder/ CEO of Source4Style, an online destination to search and source sustainable design materials. She is the author of Style, Naturally: The Global Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty.

Mikhail Gorbachev One of the most pivotal world leaders in history, President Gorbachev influences global policy as founding president and member of the Board of the Directors for Green Cross International, a worldwide environmental protection organization.

John Passacantando As former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, Passacantando leads the fight for clean air, clean water, and the preservation of the earth. Offering a chilling “State of the Planet” address, he works to raise awareness, proposing solutions to save our planet.

Graham Hill Hill helped push the sustainability movement to the mainstream with his respected environmental website, TreeHugger.com, a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. He authored Ready, Set, Green: Eight Weeks to Modern Eco-Living and Weekday Vegetarian, a TED Book.

Mary Robinson Robinson, Ireland’s first female president and a Time magazine Hero and Icon, adds a unique perspective to the worldwide sustainability and environmental movement: she promotes “climate justice,” working to manage climate change through the lens of human rights.

Antonia Juhasz A policy analyst, author, and activist, Juhasz is also the director and founder of the Energy Program at Global Exchange, a human rights nonprofit organization. She wrote Black Tide, a book about the BP Gulf oil disaster, and is the author of The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report.

David Suzuki An award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster, Suzuki has produced influential documentaries on the environment for PBS and The Discovery Channel. As a reputable voice in promoting sustainable ecology, he encourages balance between society and the natural world.

Naomi Klein An award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist, Klein is also the author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. She is currently writing a book about climate change, examining the issue through the lens of bipartisan politics.

Peter Thum Inspired by what seemed like an impossible vision to provide clean drinking water to developing nations, Thum founded Ethos Water. The brand has now donated millions to nonprofits that fund safe water projects for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

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