Reshaping the Environmental Movement
Conversations with entrepreneurial leaders and social visionaries
Welcome to our blog, an environmental journalism project maintained by five graduate students at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Here you will find conversations with environmental leaders and social visionaries around the need to evolve the environmental movement.
Learn more about the writers and our inspiration for this project.
Bill Eichner on coffee farming in the Dominican Republic
June 26, 2012
Bill Eichner is an ophthalmologist and farmer living in Vermont. He is married to American-Dominican novelist Julia Alvarez. For the last fifteen years they have been helping coffee farmers in the Dominican Republic organize and grow organic, shade-grown, specialty coffee (Café Alta Gracia) for U.S. …More »
William Cronon and Donald Waller: Conservation in the Anthropocene
May 16, 2012
On the afternoon of May 10, the cramped hall on the fourth floor of Memorial Union hummed with the energy of more than a hundred enthralled minds.
For the first time since “The Great Wilderness Debate” of the 1990s, two University of Wisconsin-Madison luminaries, William Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of history, geography and environmental studies, and Donald Waller, professor of botany and …More »
Shalini Kantayya: Storytelling and activism in the new environmental movement
May 14, 2012
On a rainy day in March in Madison, filmmaker Shalini Kantayya sat down with us to discuss her views on the environmental movement, the power of storytelling and strategies for moving forward.
Actually, Kantayya does not consider herself an environmentalist, but an eco-activist.
She feels that this term is more inclusive, and it doesn't separate the planet from the people. But the difference is more than one of semantics because it belies a …More »
Bhutan Minister Yeshe Zimba: Environment is top priority
May 7, 2012
Who better to give a keynote address at a conference focused on sustainability, security and happiness on a finite planet than a leader from Bhutan? With its alternative economic measure of "gross national happiness," the small Himalayan kingdom has been showing the world how to grow sustainably and how to monitor success based on happiness rather than finances.
The Doris Duke Fellows had the honor of speaking with Lyonpo Yeshe Zimba, …More »
Juliet Schor: Environmentalism through the lens of consumers
May 3, 2012
As Doris Duke Fellows, we have been charged with engaging in environmental leadership in our communities. Sometimes, this means figuring out how to integrate seemingly disparate ideas and tell an interesting and compelling story. At the Nelson Institute’s Earth Day Conference on April 16, we found ourselves in just that position. We spoke with several guests in rapid-fire succession, all of whom had unique and fascinating takes on the idea of …More »