This past March I was honored to speak on a panel regarding "Unintended Consequences of Energy Production" at an Inspire Seattle citizens forum. It was invigorating to participate in a forum driven by citizen engagement in local and global issues. About 15 members of the group subsequently participated in a book club discussion of Downwind.
Co-panelists on the "Unintended Consequences of Energy Production" panel included:
Darrin Morgan, the director of Boeings Sustainable Biofuels Strategy, where he leads Boeing s Sustainable Aviation Fuels Program. He is a co-founder of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, whose goal is to diversify aviation's fuel supply and reduce carbon emissions. Darrin has served as co-chairman of the world's first global algae-for-energy trade association and on the National Academies of Science Transportation Review Board Panel on alternative fuels integration.
W. Douglas Smith, an environmental scientist, environmental diplomat, explorer and educator. As a Senior Compliance Investigator in the U.S. EPA, he conducted inspections and investigations, developed protocols and training materials for EPA, the World Bank Institute, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From 1962 through 1992 he was the owner/operator of an adventure travel company that began the concept of eco-trekking in the Himalayas and around the world. Check out his research on climate change here!
Michael Foster, M.Ed. has counseled individuals and families since 1995. Currently he offers Carbon Recovery Counseling to break addictive, abusive patterns of thinking and consumption on the long road to climate recovery. He is honored to serve on the Steering Committee for the International Transitional Resilience Coalition, a new organization of mental health and healthcare professionals whose mission is to prepare resilient communities for climate impacts already in the pipeline . He is an active speaker on climate topics for all audiences, including all schools and colleges. Mostly he volunteers by organizing children and teens who speak out for their future, Plant-for-the-Planet, Our Children s Trust, 350.org, and The Climate Reality Project. Check out his work here!