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Vote for Riki Ott as #1 Game Changer in Green

Author, scientist and activist Riki Ott has been nominated for Huffington Post’s Game Changer award in the environmental category. She’s in great company, along with Robert Redford, Ric O’Barry, and Steven Colbert. Vote for Riki and learn about the other top Game Changers! From Huffington Post:
HuffPost’s Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to look at things and take the risk of saying, “I think I have a better way.” Now it’s up to you to pick the Ultimate Green Game Changer. Click through the slideshow below, get the lowdown on why we chose each Game Changer, then VOTE for your favorite! We’ll reveal your picks in October. Changed the game by … walking the Gulf Coast to uncover BP’s cover-up attempts. Ott is an activist and trained marine toxicologist who has for many years worked to expose the public health problems caused by oil spills. This past spring, she took her camera and expertise to the Gulf of Mexico, gathering stories and images of the damage wrought by BP. When the Coast Guard stonewalled would-be observers, when BP destroyed evidence of animal carcasses, when the public health dangers piled up and clean-up workers were told to avoid health precautions, Ott sounded the alarm by going on television and posting her reporting online. How it all started: Ott decided to become an activist after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska; she was working in the region as a commercial “fisherma’am.” Must-click link: Riki’s blogs
Riki is the author of two books, Not One Drop, and Sound Truths and Corporate Myth$. Find out more in our bookstore!


A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Plants & Pests: Will Bonsall’s Advice on “Wee Beasties” in the Garden

“From a plant’s point of view there is little difference between a cutworm, a woodchuck, a blight spore, and, for that matter, us.”“These are all things that in one way or another prey upon it. It is an inevitable constraint of all living things: We escape one peril only to ultimately succumb to another,” so […] Read More

To Create Climate-Secure Foodscapes, Think Like a Plant

The techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change contained in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and […] Read More

The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More
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