The fight for the environment does not stop at the edge of Antarctica's icebergs. The front lines stretch from the WTO and South Korean farms to our shopping bags and gas tanks.
With so many simultaneous environmental combat zones, many questions arise. Who is fighting this war? And who is going to win?
We have compiled a panel of leading authors, each with a unique perspective on environmental battles.
They use stories to explain what is happening to the environment around the globe, and look at how we are being directly affected at home and how each of us can play a part- The Commonwealth Club of California
Sebastian Copeland serves on the Board of Directors of Global Green USA. An award-winning photographer and environmental activist, his photographs have appeared in publications including GQ, Elle, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic Explorer. Copeland earned the 2007 International Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year award in the book category for Antarctica: A Global Warning.
Claire Hope Cummings
Claire Hope Cummings is a print and broadcast journalist reporting on the environmental and political implications of food and farming and how they connect us to each other and the places we live. She is also a lawyer and author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds.
Jane Kay is the San Francisco Chronicle’s environmental editor.
Thomas M. Kostigen is co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Green Book. He writes the “Ethics Monitor” column for Dow Jones MarketWatch and the Better Planet column and blog for Discover Magazine. He is a longtime journalist and former Bloomberg News editor. Kostigen has been writing about global warming, the environment, social issues, and government policies for two decades. He lives in Santa Monica.
Jerry Mander is an American activist best known for his book "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" (1977), and for his contribution to a book on an unrelated topic, "The Great International Paper Airplane Book" (1971).
Mander worked in advertising for 15 years, including five as partner and president of Freeman, Mander & Gossage in San Francisco. In 1971 he founded the first non-profit advertising agency in the United States, Public Interest Communications, which worked on campaigns to prevent dams in the Grand Canyon, found Redwood National Park, and stop the American project to build a supersonic transport. He is currently the director of the International Forum on Globalization and the program director for Megatechnology and Globalization at the Foundation for Deep Ecology.
Christie Matheson is a lifestyle writer and editor specializing in green living, food, wine, fashion, health, and travel. Her work has appeared in several major magazines including Glamour, Body + Soul, Shape, San Francisco, and Boston Globe Magazine. Her fourth book, Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style, outlines easy tips to green living while maintaining a fabulous lifestyle.
Jerry Mander hopes a new sustainable lifestyle and economic model is adopted by American citizens before a total economic collapse leads the country into the grips of authoritarianism.
Mander says it's important that citizens "make it known that we want to achieve a sustainable system based on other principles besides never ending economic growth and personal accumulation of wealth and commodities as the primary goals of life."