Raven Gray is a visionary writer, educator and activist. A permaculture designer for over 15 years, she is a pioneer of the Transition Towns Movement. In 2007, she founded Transition US, a nonprofit that inspires the emergence of resilient communities that can thrive in the face of today’s environmental and social challenges. Raven holds a BA in “Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community” and an MSc in “Ecological Education”. She lives in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern California.
Doug Zachary. He is 65 years old was born to Okie migrant farm laborers in California in 1949. From age 4-13 he lived in an ultra-nationalist orphanage near Dallas, Texas whose politics and pedagogy was informed by the John Birch Society. Like all his fellow male “inmates”, Doug wound up in the Marine Corps where he was awakened to a lifetime of radical curiosity, resistance and struggle.
Lee Lakeman has spent her adult life working against violence against women, and continues to do so past retirement. She worked in the earliest rape crisis centers since 1973, and raised a son on her own to adulthood.
Stella Strega Scoz is an Italian scientist who worked as an activist for the anti-nuclear campaign in her teens, then for radical feminism, racism & disability awareness in her twenties, before discovering permaculture design and bringing her radical & campaigning spirit into building award-winning community-run urban permaculture projects, during the mid 90s, in South London. For the last 15 years she has lived in the Canary Islands & has focused on mentoring young activists and creating better support systems for change-makers, radicalizing the permaculture curriculum and studying how to design for collective intelligence, better participatory democracy and effective bioregional eco-economy systems. She is currently coordinator of the 8thLife ecovillage project and the Integral Permaculture Academy.
Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. She is called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking. She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine. She made her writing and directing debut producing the documentary film Eggsploitation, which has been awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries. She is also Director, Executive Producer, and Co-Writer of Anonymous Father’s Day, a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. Her latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? on surrogacy, was released January 2014, and completes the trilogy of films exploring the ethics of third-party reproduction.
Stephanie McMillan’s award-winning editorial cartoons and comic strips have appeared in hundreds of publications and venues. She is the author of seven books, including Capitalism Must Die!, which combines comics with text in a basic overview of capitalism and revolution, and The Beginning of the American Fall, about the Occupy mobilizations. Stephanie has also been an organizer against capitalism all her life. Today we talk about her newest project, a calendar called “365 Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants.”
Trista Hendren is the author of the Girl God series. You can read more about her projects at www.thegirlgod.com
Dr Gerardo Ceballos is one of the world’s leading ecologists, and is a professor at the Institute of Ecology at National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is the author of numerous books, including The Skin of the Rainforest, Mammals of Mexico, and The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. He is also known for his fieldwork on prairie dogs, jaguars, and others. He proposed the first Mexican endangered species act, that includes roughly 4000 species of plants and animals in the country. He has seen through to establishment more than 20 protected areas that cover almost 2% of the Mexican land territory and protect thousands of plants and animals, including around 15% of all endangered species. No other Mexican scientist – perhaps no other individual scientist in the world — has accomplished so much in hands-on conservation. Today we talk about prairie dogs as a keystone species.
Jay Barlow received a B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. He has been a researcher at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla California since 1982. His research has primarily involved evaluating and mitigating human impacts on cetaceans and pinnipeds along the US West Coast and in Hawaii. International work has involved surveys of cetacean abundance in the Colombian Amazon, the Yangtze River and the northern Gulf of California. Today we talk about vaquitas, the smallest and most endangered of the cetaceans.
Jaclyn Lopez is the Florida Director for the Center for Biological Diversity. She holds a master of laws degree in environmental and land-use law from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Denver, and coordinates campaigns in the Southeast and Caribbean, focusing on protecting imperiled species and ecosystems. Today we talk about manatees