Voices for Mother Earth: Interviews with Environmental Activists and Earth Lawyers
In 2016 I interviewed leading thinkers in the field of environmental justice for Marjorie Silver's book Transforming Justice, Lawyers and the Practice of Law.
Interviewing these lawyers, academics and activists was truly a joyful enterprise. While all of them came from a place of concern with regard to the state of our planet and in no way “sugar-coated” the reality of widespread environmental destruction and climate change, what dominated our conversations was a feeling of hope supported by an intelligent vision for change. These thinkers put their bright minds in the service of their love for our beautiful planet and work steadfast to put their vision into practice.
In my chapter, Voices for Mother Earth.pdf, I talk to Eradicating Ecocide advocate Polly Higgins; former International Executive Director of Greenpeace and now Secretary-General of Amnesty International Kumi Naidoo; Wild Law expert Cormac Cullinan, law professor Burns Weston and journalist David Bollier, engaged academic Peter Burdon and environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey.
It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or a woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he (or she) sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
- Robert F. Kennedy, 1966