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A Half-Century of Earth Day

Reflections on a Still-Unfolding Legacy


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“This is a long game, but change can happen. The challenge here is playing with urgency versus being okay that change takes time.”

“Being connected across movements is what builds power. Even if we don’t do everything together, we need to help each other, and we need to push together.”

“The man himself—Walter Cronkite: ‘Those who marched today, and those who slept, and those who scorned, are in this thing together. What is at stake and what is in question is survival. This is Walter Cronkite, good night.'”

A transcript of this talk is available here.

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Lou Leonard

Lou is a life-long environmentalist who has worked to advance laws, policies and practices that promote care for the Earth and the people and communities that call it home. Lou discovered the dharma as part of his search for balance and support in the face of the difficult emotions that arise as we dedicate ourselves to healing the world and promoting social change. He’s worked in government, civil society, academia, and the private sector, including serving as Senior Vice President at World Wildlife Fund where he led the climate change program for over a decade. Lou currently serves as Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment at Chatham University supporting students of all ages who are training to advance climate and food justice. Lou is deeply grateful for the refuge he has found in the dharma and the teachers who have helped him find it.
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