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Game-Changers: How Can We Make a Difference Together - Part One
Recorded on Apr 22, 2014
With Laurel Sutherlin: Communications Manager of Rainforest Action Network & Mary Anne Hitt: Director of the National Coal Campaign for the Sierra Club
Hosted by Leda Huta

We need to have a big-picture strategy for achieving The Great Turning. This panel representing organizations on the forefront of sustainability will explore the way forward.

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Laurel Sutherlin is Rainforest Action Network's Communications Manager for the Forest Program. He is a life long forest defender and social justice advocate. Before coming to RAN, Laurel worked closely with diverse groups including the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), the Oxygen Collective, Students for a Free Tibet and The Yes Men. He is also a trained naturalist with a passion for anything with feathers, fur, leaves or scales.

Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate the pollution caused by coal throughout its life cycle, and repower the nation with clean energy. In 2012, Mother Jones described the campaign as “a grassroots rebellion [that] is winning the biggest victory yet on climate change.” Mary Anne previously served as executive director of Appalachian Voices (where she was one of the creators of the award-winning campaign to end mountaintop removal), the Ecology Center, and the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project. Mary Anne was named one of the 10 most influential people of 2013 by SNL Energy, and was listed in 2013 by the Washingtonian as part of “The New Guard: People Who are Shaping Washington” in Obama’s second term. She is an alum of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s National Yearlong Leading from the Inside Out Fellowship, and also a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She received her Master’s of Science from the University of Montana, where she received the Len and Sandy Sargent Environmental Advocacy Award, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was a Whittle Scholar and the founder of the campus group Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), and where she later received the 2008 Notable UT Woman Award. She grew up in the mountains of east Tennessee and now lives in West Virginia with her family.