Mary DeMocker is the author of the new book The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 ways to build a fossil-free future, raise empowered kids, and still get a good night’s sleep. Mary studied at Eastman School of Music and University of Oregon’s School of Music and has performed widely, including solo appearances at major music festivals. She toured with the original interactive musical “The Incredible Earth Circus” in schools for Earth Day 1990, and was later commissioned to write six children’s plays, three of which are still regularly performed across the U.S. and abroad. Mary uses the arts to fight for a livable planet, and is cofounder of 350.org’s Eugene, Oregon chapter and became its creative director, specializing in interactive art protests. She lives with her family in Eugene, and speaks frequently about creative ways to make the world more healthy, just, and fun.
Kate Davies is the author of the new book, Intrinsic Hope: living courageously in troubled times. Kate has worked on environmental and social issues for her entire career. She is emeritus faculty at Antioch University, senior fellow at the Whidbey Institute, and clinical associate professor in the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. Her written work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and journals, and she is the author of The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement. She is an author, meditation teacher, and what she calls an eco-spiritual pilgrim.
Mark Sheehan is a guiding force in the SHAKA movement. Their goal is to educate the public on the dangers of GMOs and to curb the abuses of industrial/chemical agriculture. Their focus is on Maui, but their message is relevant to environmentally aware citizens everywhere. Mark works for the Shaka Foundation and Maui Tomorrow, two non-profits that are fighting for the future of the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Our current lifestyle, including buying water in disposable bottles, allowing the government to ignore global warming, and massive overconsumption, etc, will not preserve the planet. To nurture our world, we must rethink our lives and stand up for a healthy planet.
We must move towards what he calls a “new normal” lifestyle.
Our guest today is David Wann, an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. His newest book is The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. His previous book, Simple Prosperity, is a sequel to the best-selling book he coauthored, Affluenza, which is now in 9 languages.
Helena Norberg-Hodge is an author, speaker, filmmaker, and producer of an award-winning documentary entitled The Economics of Happiness. Helena is the founder and director of International Society for Ecology and Culture. She is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, and has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. Her ground-breaking work in Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, earned her the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ and her book, Ancient Futures, along with a film of the same title, has been translated into more than 40 languages.
Gary Ferguson is the author of the new book The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness. Over the past twenty-five years Gary has established himself as an expert chronicler of nature, having written for a wide variety of publications from Vanity Fair to The Los Angeles Times. He is the author of nineteen books on science and nature, including the award-winning Hawk’s Rest.
Vicki Robin is author of the new book, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Vicki is a prolific social innovator, writer and speaker. She is coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence. It was an instant NY Times best seller in 1992 and steadily appeared on the Business Week Best Seller list from 1992-1997. It is available now in eleven languages. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine’s book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.
Bill McKibben is author of the new book, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. Bill McKibben is also the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and numerous other books. He is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and 350.org, and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize. He lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.
Alan Weisman discusses his book, The World Without Us. Alan is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and on NPR, among others. A former contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. His essay “Earth without People” (Discover magazine, February 2005), on which his new book expands, was selected for Best American Science Writing 2000 – 2007.
Paul Hawken discusses his book, Blessed Unrest; How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. Paul is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and best-selling author of six previous books. He is the architect and leading proponent of reform with respect to ecological practices. Starting at age 20, he has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment.