Our Heroes is a weekly series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food, water and/or energy.
Silent Spring, Carson's fourth book and her third best-seller, "played in the history of environmentalism roughly the same role that Uncle Tom's Cabin played in the abolitionist movement. In fact, EPA today may be said without exaggeration to be the extended shadow of Rachel Carson.
A recent report by the Center for American Progress, authored by investigative journalist Jennifer Washburn, examined ten large-scale, long-term contracts that govern corporate-funded energy research at several major universities and concluded that these partnerships fail to establish adequate safeguards for scientific objectivity and academic independence.
Brian Gotreaux never made the conscious decision to become an organic farmer-- it was simply a matter of getting healthy. After years of hard work, Brian and his wife Dawn successfully run an organic farm, a CSA and a farmer's market all while educating their community about the benefits of organic farming.
Kristine Uhlman is a nationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in aquifer characterization, environmental site remediation, water resource management and protection, compliance and groundwater modeling. Kristine also does water outreach and education. Once upon a time, she wanted to be a Lutheran pastor until a geology course changed her life - and her life story.
Lucy Postins worked tirelessly in her own kitchen to develop quality food for her puppy, Mosi, that would also support a local and sustainable food system. Eight years later, The Honest Kitchen is a burgeoning green business.
Come spring, Jack Algiere won't have much time to talk; he'll be too busy teaching apprentices and Farm Campers, and overseeing the hundreds of varieties of crops growing at Stone Barns. Good thing we caught him before the thaw.
Michael E. "Aquadoc" Campana's story is a testament to the fact that at times something can be found unexpectedly--like a career in hydrogeology. Dr. Campana is a Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State Univ., the president of a professional water resources association and a prolific blogger.
Joan Gussow is known as the matriarch of the local food movement. In 2010, Joan's garden was devastated by a massive storm and flood. The story of its rebirth is a story about grit, hope and living a purposeful life.
Leah Mayor is the sweetest force to be reckoned with you'll ever meet. A community leader in food sustainability and eco-travel, Leah has just launched her newest project combining the two, Taking Root.
The debate raging around fracking is very familiar to Greg Swartz: Fracking offers a potential economic boost for landowners, but carries with it potential health and safety hazards and risk of severe environmental degradation.
For young farmers nationwide, Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a fearless leader. A farmer, activist and organizer based in the Hudson Valley, New York, Severine speaks for a generation of young farmers, yet is acutely aware of the need for each farmer to tell his or her own story.