In no particular order, special thanks go to:
for inspiring me to watch The Dirty Weather Report and keep posting on fracking. We need leaders like Harriet, but more importantly, we need millions and millions of followers to keep the new Congress and companies in check and inspired.
for her steadfast push to make women think about what they buy – and only buy if they must. I’m more of a supporter of Block Friday, than Black Friday, skip the crowds and go straight to Small Business Saturday, by buying local you give twice to your family and community.
for putting forth the idea that we can have a civilized society and that starts with holding livingroom conversations on polarizing topics. It isn’t polite or intelligent to NOT talk about these issues that divided us during the campaigns.
Lori Popkewitz Alper
for using online petitions to lead thousands to issues such as bad chemicals in our laundry detergent or embedded our children’s lunchboxes. It’s not enough to simple steer clear, we must get these things out of the bigger waste system completely.
for the best book tour ever enlightening kids and adults on the perils of plastic in our oceans and our lives. How can your choices cut your plastic consumption in half during the holidays?
for championing women’s voices beyond purchasing, taking out cultural impact to the next level by first hearing the ideas and then seeing how they are changing the world for the greener and better.
for changing us from the inside out – teaching others how taking in fresh,organic food effects your attitude, weight, community… Her encouragement and informed support never runs out.
for being a walking example to her students and other teachers of what the next level of sustainable public education could look like – one that includes and rewards service to others as a way to teach critical thinking as well as critical kindness.
for her thought leadership that can only come with richly worded blog posts. Marcia’s flawless writing style makes 1000 words of explanation flow like 140 characters, making insight as digestible as a soundbite.
for being the stem cell of women’s issues starting in the 60s and still rattling cages 5 decades later. If this last election proved one thing, women’s rights are everyone’s rights and champions such as Martha made that happen.
for having the clearest message focus in a world a-wash-with-green. Lisa never lets clutter cover her client’s direction or hers. That’s not easy.
for reacquainting us with an artful world and exposing what’s interesting about the things immediately around us. Her pictures always make me sigh.
for taking the role of “mom” to a critical thinking level of responsibility embedding sustainable practices into a way of life and generously sharing the outcomes.
Lynn Ann Miller
for extending the green mom conversation out to the business world, infusing marketing campaigns with logic and flow that resonates with both sides of the buyer/seller equation.
for building sustainable practices into our structures by integrating work processes and eliminating turf wars.
for making video interviews look easy and getting to the soul of why a green business is working. We need more inspirational stories like that flooding the media.
for her curiosity and knowledge base of all things social. Someone how she always knows the next-big-thing one month before everyone else.
and Tom Collins
for being the touch points for modern romances and partnerships. Together they have enabled women’s voices and fostered human and pet’s rights.
Mark Klein for being the male voice in my head when I write and for generously sending articles of interest just at the moment that I need them.
for being the other male voice in my head and for providing guidance and foundation to higher education at a time when it needs to evolve.
Mike Farrell for making me laugh and for bringing balance to our morning coffee conversations.