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WEEK 1 - Changing the Dream

WEEK 2 - Feeding the World

WEEK 3 - Saving Our Vanishing Species

WEEK 4 - Ensuring Clean Water

WEEK 5 - Building an Economy That Works

WEEK 6 - Slowing Climate Change

WEEK 7 - Shifting Our Energy Reality

WEEK 8 - Transforming Corporate Control

WEEK 9 - Awakening the Dreamer

Vanishing Pollinators
Recorded on May 13, 2014
With Scott Hoffman Black: Executive Director for The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Chair of the IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group & Dr. Jennifer Sass: Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University & Dr. Jody Johnson: Associate Scientist, Pollinator Partnership & Paul Kaiser: Ecologoical Farmer, Singing Frogs Farm & Susan Holmes: Endangered Species Coalition Board Member, Wildlands Connectivity Coordinator for Wildlands Network
Hosted by Susan Holmes
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Scott Hoffman Black is an ecologist and Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. He has extensive experience working to conserve butterflies, and other pollinators. He speaks on these topics to thousands of people each year, has authored over 200 scientific and popular publications, co-authored two books and contributed chapters to several others, and his work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, books, and on radio and television. He also serves as the Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Butterfly Specialist Group, Chair of the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, Vice Chair of the Monarch Joint Venture, and as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Invertebrate Conservation Subcommittee. Scott has received several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award and the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award. Check out Scott's book Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies

Dr. Jennifer Sass is a Senior Scientist in the Health and Environment program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She is an expert in US chemical policy and regulations. In her work with NRDC she reviews the science underpinning the regulation of toxic chemicals, and advocates for health-protective regulations consistent with the environmental laws. Dr. Sass publishes in peer-reviewed journals on the regulation of toxic chemicals and emerging contaminants such as nanomaterials. She provides testimony and scientific briefings for the U.S. Congress and regularly participates in stakeholder and expert scientific federal advisory committees. She holds a doctoral degree in Cell Biology from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and a post-doctoral certificate in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Josephine (Jody) Johnson graduated with a degree in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2012. For her doctorate she studied the sublethal effects of several pesticides on honey bees at the USDA lab in Beltsville under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Pettis. Currently she is researching a literature review of the attractiveness of ten US crops to honey bees and other bees. She is developing a website that will provide literature references on several topics of toxicological interest including pollinator decline, animal-pollinated plant decline, climate change, and heavy metal contamination in urban environments.

Paul Kaiser is a leader in ecological agriculture who was recently recognized with a local Leadership in Sustainability Award as well as an international Farmer/Rancher Award for his work in biodiversity and pollinator conservation on his farm, Singing Frogs Farm. Besides being one of the first certified Bee Friendly Farms, Paul continues to be a practitioner and advocate for his unique, non-mechanized no-till, and ecological farming practices that benefit and support pollinators, significantly enhance the soil biology and ecology of his farm landscape and create year-round job security for his employees. Paul began his career in agroforestry in the tropics working to convert degraded lands into economically viable and biologically diverse and resilient farmland. Since then Paul has received dual Masters Degrees in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development from American University and the United Nations University for Peace. In the last eight years, Paul and his wife Elizabeth have married sustainable land management with local food production at their biodiverse, no-till, and family friendly Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California.

Susan Holmes is currently the Wildlands Connectivity Coordinator for the Wildlands Network, Yellowstone to Yukon and Center for Large Landscape Conservation.  Over the past twenty years she has worked on a range of wildlife and land protection campaigns. Previously, she was the Washington, DC representative for the Save our Wild Salmon Coalition and for over 12 years, the Senior Legislative Representative at Earthjustice in Washington, DC where she worked to protect endangered species and wildlife as well as to defend the Endangered Species Act.  Before moving to Washington, DC she worked for the Sierra Club on campaigns to protect New York’s Sterling Forest and Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, to safeguard the New York City Watershed and to protect wildlands in the Adirondacks.  Before working in conservation advocacy, she was the program officer at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for the Study of the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. She created and managed a program to educate students about environmental issues in Russia and designed and managed a program to protect wildlife and cultural heritage in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. She presently serves on the board of the Endangered Species Coalition.  She also served on the board of the Wildlands Project from 1998 to 2003 and was a director of the national Sierra Club from 1996-1998.  She has received a number of awards, including a meritorious achievement award from the American Planning Association for work to protect Sterling Forest and the 2002 Nelson A. Rockefeller award for excellence in public service from Dartmouth College.