Posts Tagged ‘Annie Leonard’

Weekly Roundup: Annie Leonard, Arsalan Iftikhar, Raffi Cavoukian

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Happy December! Check out the latest news from some of our change-making speakers:


Annie Leonard shares her thoughts on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, signaling the importance of using a collective voice to create change and calling for us all to speak up for justice. Head over to  to read her post and get inspired!


A hearty thank you to Arsalan Iftikhar, who generously organized a gift package for a young boy who donated his savings for an iPad to help a vandalized mosque in his community. Read about this good Samaritan and wonderful donation here.


Did you grow up listening to Raffi Cavoukian’s catchy tunes and fun ditties?  Well, so did the adults who relived these cherished musical memories at Hamilton Place in Ontario, where Raffi recently performed some oldies but goodies.  Check out this clip and maybe you’ll find yourself singing along!


That’s all for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


Getting people to listen!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Jodi Solomon Speakers has been a strong supporter for the People’s Climate March which happened this past Sunday. So what is the next step?  Raising awareness is dependent on getting everyone to listen (governments, companies, and fellow citizens).


People's Climate Marchers including your very own, Jodi Solomon

People’s Climate Marchers, including your very own, Jodi Solomon


The throngs that marched in support of actions to prevent negative climate change got people listening due to the sheer number of people participating. When the hundreds of thousands of marchers like Michael MannChuck Collins, Sandra Steingraber Tim DeChristopherAnnie LeonardDavid Helvarg, and Emily Hunter, Robert Bullard, talked to their friends, family, co-workers, social media networkers and fans, you can imagine the multiplied effect of this awareness.   One person can make a difference.



Sandra Steingraber making her voice heard

Sandra Steingraber making her voice heard

Sandra Steingraber and Tim deChristopher rally support together

Sandra Steingraber and Tim deChristopher rally support together














How will you help to spread the word?


“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.” -Dennis Hall

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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We don’t need to convince you that the weather in Boston has been gorgeous these past few days. But year after year, days like this are becoming more and more scarce as our seasons become increasingly more extreme. While many of our fellow citizens have taken serious steps to try to prevent our situation from worsening, governments have moved at a glacial (no pun intended) pace. And that’s why we support the marchers in NY in two weeks.


On September 21, 2014, many will gather for the People’s Climate March in New York, NY in support of:


a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”-People’s Climate March Website 


Who wouldn’t want these things? Just in case you aren’t sold on supporting the march, check out the video below of biologist Sandra Steingraber explaining why she thinks the world needs an event like this to happen. Alongside fellow activists like Annie Leonard, Emily Hunter, Tim DeChristopher, and so many others, Steingraber is taking a stand that we think should be noticed.


Soak in the weather folks- if this march doesn’t move enough decision-makers to act, we may not have many more of these days.

On an (almost) completely different note, for all you Emory’s World lovers out there, I leave you this new cartoon:

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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Annie Leonard, Wade Davis

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

We hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Here’s the latest from some of our speakers who are making headlines:


Congratulations to Annie Leonard on being recognized as one of the 2014 Prime Mover Fellows.


You Can Play executive director Wade Davis spent a full day this week helping the St. Louis Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson had issues with the science in “Gravity,” but he’s holding off on any objections to the time travel in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.


Don’t miss the latest from Emery Jones!


That’s all for now – be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video.


Trending Now: David Quammen, Wade Davis, Annie Leonard

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Here’s the latest from some of our speakers who are making headlines:


Greenpeace USA has announced new leadership, tapping filmmaker, author, environmental activist and speaker Annie Leonard to serve as its next executive director.


Wade Davis, executive director of the You Can Play Project, speaks with PEOPLE Magazine as part of their exclusive portfolio of gay athletes in professional sports.


In response to the recent outbreak of the MERS virus, Spillover author David Quammen sits down with National Geographic to discuss the rise of zoonotic diseases and why they spread.


The Huffington Post welcomes Kathleen Hanna’s return to the spotlight and examines “9 Things Riot Grrrl Lyrics Can Teach You About Life”.


Don’t miss the latest adventure from Emery Jones Boy Science Wonder.


That’s all for us – be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


Weekly Round Up: NFL Helmet Bans and Tips for Getting Your Life in Order

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Already 2 weeks down in 2014 – be strong and stick to those resolutions! Here’s what our speakers have been up to thus far in the new year.


In the Memphis Flyer, Susan Douglas publishes a scathing condemnation of right-wing political spending.  “Among the many visionary goals of our nation’s right wing — impoverish older people, starve the poor, deny climate change, outlaw abortion and contraception, eliminate health care for millions — few are more foundational than defunding education in general, and higher education in particular.”


Houghton Mifflin named Daisy Hernández’ Before Love, Memory a notable essay of 2013.  Read her piece at Culturestrike about volunteering at a facility in South Florida for undocumented children separated from their families.


In response to the epidemic of concussions and degenerative brain disease among NFL players, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and her co-author of Newton’s Football: the Science Behind America’s Game, propose a ban on helmets.  “Hear us out.”


The battles and victories of Dr. Sandra Steingraber and her fellow fracktivists make Alternet’s list of 2013’s top progressive milestones.


Countercurrents sits down with Annie Leonard and hears her Story of Stuff journey, from the overwhelmingly positive response following its release to the death threats later on after Glenn Beck targeted her film with his vitriol.


Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann goes on CBC to talk about climate change and the polar vortex.


Dr. Stephanie Coontz at CNN talks about the Legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, and how we got to where we are now.  “The resurgence of poverty is not because government programs have ‘gotten in the way’ but because they have not done enough to get in the way of market forces going in the wrong direction.”


Comic Kate Clinton writes about intransigence during the holidaze in PTown, which is a snoozy place to be in the winter when the sun sets at 4PM.  She resolves, “with a bit of free time on my hands, I will think about changes I can make in my daily life to change the realities — poverty, hunger, homelessness, religious homophobia, transphobia, violence — for LGBT people in 2014.”


On Good Morning America, Justin Klosky creates order out of one family’s chaos.   Get Klosky’s tips for getting your own life in order!


Anticipating his appearance, the Santa Barbara Independent talks to Richard Rodriguez about his new book Darling, which centralizes women in its understanding of monotheistic desert religions.  “Male friends of mine are increasingly becoming atheists; they’re sarcastic, bitter, and angry toward organized religion. Many of the women I know are reconstructing religion.”


Sonia Shah is SUNY New Paltz’ 2014 visiting professor of journalism!


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the cover of Parade Magazine!  While having fun on his photo shoot, he also expresses his hopes that Cosmos’ prime time launch will land on fertile terrain.  Watch a preview of his appearance on Bill Moyers!


After the scandals in the news about bullying and anti-gay sentiment in the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Minnesota Vikings, Sporting News checks in with Wade Davis to get a more nuanced take on NFL culture.  “We sometimes talk about sports in a narrow, constricted way, but people keep playing because of the camaraderie.”

Wade Davis


Finally, we leave you with the latest Emery Jones: Boy Science Wonder Cartoon from author Charles Johnson.