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About the Hearth
Throughout history, the hearth has been the center of every home—the place where family, friends and visitors come together for warmth, camaraderie and wisdom. Today, with the environmental community spanning the globe, we have an even greater need for a central place to gather, share our experiences and knowledge, express our opinions, gain insights and increase our motivation to be better stewards of the Earth. EcoHearth is that place.
An Independent Voice
EcoHearth is an independent voice for the environment. Our only client is Mother Earth. We will never knowingly accept or post advertorial content. We are sustained by our advertisers and your purchases through our merchant links and at our Eco Shop. For more information, please see our Editorial Policy.
EcoHearth was founded in 2008 by longtime activist and writer Rick Theis, and Web designer Krista Fuentes, with the goal of encouraging respect for the Earth, responsible use of our natural resources and off-grid, intentional, sustainable living.
Krista Fuentes has studied fine arts, worked with one of the top illustrator’s agents and runs her own Web production company. Her ecological interests range from eating a healthy, environmentally friendly diet (local, organic and mostly vegetarian) to implementing the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra in that order. She has also been active on the issue of expanding health care coverage to all Americans.
Rick Theis has been an organizer for several peace groups and active on many political issues including war tax resistance, anti-apartheid, affordable higher education, social equality, economic justice, pro-choice and human rights. He has been a vocal opponent of overpopulation, nuclear weapons and nuclear energy; and a proponent of alternative energy, vegetarianism, veganism, animal rights, fuel-efficiency standards, a carbon tax, etc.
EcoHearth's Advisory Board
Marita Prandoni (chair) is a freelance writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked for a number of environmental, arts and educational nonprofits including Bioneers, SITE Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Institute. Her dream is to embrace both the beauty and tragedy of all species on this diverse, flowering planet. A fanatic idealist, she endeavors to infect others with a desire to take action for greater social justice and environmental healing. Marita authors the popular EcoHearth blog, Small Earth, as well as contributing occasional Eco Op-Ed commentaries, Eco Hero interviews and articles.
Michael Ableman is a farmer, author, photographer, recognized practitioner of sustainable agriculture and proponent of regional food systems. Besides having written several books and numerous essays and articles, he lectures worldwide on food, culture and sustainability. Michael is currently farming at the Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, home of The Center for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture.
John Coate was the #2 employee at the WELL, Whole Earth’s “Lectronic Link” where he worked between 1986 and 1991. He also helped pioneer and manage new media projects including SF Gate and Habbo Hotel. John has applied his expertise in computer and network technology to expand and strengthen the concept of community, develop culture, advance public knowledge and help people use communication technology for personal empowerment. As General Manager at SF Gate from 1995 to 2001, John helped launch professional journalism from print media into a digital peer-to-peer revolution. SF Gate was the first big-city news website in the world. He and his crew pioneered a number of innovations, many of which are now standard features on most news websites. John is currently the Executive Director of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting and the General Manager of FM radio station KZYX in Philo, CA.
John de Graaf is an author and activist filmmaker who has been producing documentaries, primarily for public television, for 33 years. His films, “Affluenza” and “What’s the Economy For, Anyway?,” explore with humor the exorbitant environmental and social costs of American consumerism since the 1950s. De Graaf cofounded Take Back Your Time, a nonprofit “to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, families and relationships—as well as our communities and our environment.”
Wallace “J.” Nichols is one of the world’s leading advocates for our oceans. J. is either founder or cofounder of many active ocean conservation, coastland preservation and species restoration projects, including Grupo Tortuguero, Ocean Revolution, WiLDCOAST and the EcoDaredevil Award. Currently, J. works with and advises several conservancies, universities and organizations to advance ocean protection, including an energetic and creative group of international graduate students.
Heidi Auman, Ph.D. has worked as biologist for more than twenty years, focussed mainly on seabird ecology. Her research is global in nature with a preference for isolated islands—including those of the Great Lakes, sub-tropical Midway Atoll, sub-Antarctic Heard Island and Tasmania. Her work has demonstrated that our ecological footprint has reached the farthest corners of the Earth, often with disturbing consequences. Dr. Auman's penchant for working with ‘charismatic megafauna’ has ensured abundant media attention via television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online interviews. She currently runs a science communication consultancy and lives in Fern Tree, Tasmania. Her writing for EcoHearth appears primarily, but not exclusively in our Eco Zine/Science and Technology section.
Rich Bard is a wildlife biologist who began his career as a zookeeper. Having spent most of his adult life moving around the country working with various wild animals, he settled near the coast of Maine in 2004. Amid the striking beauty of this remote region, he passes the time with his family, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening and watching the tide ebb and flow. Rich Bard writes the nature blog, Leave the Trail Behind, as well as articles for the site.
Victoria Cho writes for social and environmental awareness organizations, as well as fiction, essays, reviews and travel articles. In addition to EcoHearth, her work appears online at Take Part, EcoHookups and Escape Into Life. Victoria studied film at Boston University and has worked on various indie film projects. She then left the industry to pursue her ultimate desire to implement social change via the written word. Born in Virginia, she currently resides in Brooklyn. Victoria writes EcoHearth Review blog entries and Eco Zine articles for EcoHearth.
Jessica Dallas is a mom and social worker from central Ohio who teaches yoga when she's not exhausted. Her favorite activities include (you guessed it) naps, silence and cuddling with her husband--whom she never sees anymore thanks to her newborn's ongoing conspiracy to remain an only child. Check out her Sexy Mama Manifesto website and read her work in EcoHearth's Eco Blogs/Eco Parenting and Eco Zine/Kids and Family areas of the site.
Sion Dayson is an American writer living in Paris, France. She is interested in the intersection between social and environmental issues, particularly as they play out in an urban context. In 2007 she won the Barbara Deming Award for fiction and she also contributes nonfiction articles to a variety of outlets. Her blog, paris (im)perfect, captures the quirkier side of the City of Light. You can find her writing in EcoHearth's Eco Op-Ed and Eco International sections.
Joe Donnelly is a freelance writer living in California. He has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and anthologies, and is the former deputy editor of the LA Weekly and former editor-in-chief of Bikini. Joe has contributed to our Eco Op-Ed opinion page.
Jennifer Esperanza is a fine art, editorial, portrait and social justice photographer, known for her sensual and compassionate images. Her work has been published in The Sun Magazine, Mothering, SHOTS, Light of Consciousness, Edible Santa Fe, New Mexico Magazine, Variety, The New York Times and many more. She has been lauded for her photographic work in South India during the 2005 tsunami, her work with progressive groups like The Bioneers, V-Day, Baring Witness and for her images of woman honoring the Divine Feminine. For more information, visit her website , her Flickr site and her Planet Esperanza Photo blog on EcoHearth.
Steve Graham is an award-winning freelance Web and magazine writer living in a Fort Collins, Colorado, neighborhood that will soon produce all of its own energy. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor and designer. He has worked for an alternative weekly and community newspapers in Colorado, and a large daily newspaper in California. Find links to some of his other writing at his Grahamophone blog. For EcoHearth, Steve authors the Go Green and Make Gold blog about green business.
Tonya Kay is an actress, TV personality, professional dancer and danger artist living in Los Angeles. A vegetarian of 28 years, vegan for 18 of those and raw vegan for the last 11, Tonya Kay pioneers the green health movement with appearances, publications and green media (available at KayosMarket). For more on Tonya Kay, visit her website. Tonya hosts the popular EcoHearth blog, Clean and Green Everyday and The Eco Tourist, a video series (in EcoHearth's Eco Tube section) that offers environmental travel tips.
Steven Kotler is the New York Times best selling author of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (with coauthor Peter H. Diamandis), A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life, West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His non-fiction appears in more than 50 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, LA Times, Wired, Popular Science, GQ, Outside and National Geographic. He writes The Playing Field, a blog about the science of sport, for PsychologyToday and lives with his wife and too many dogs in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. Steven is EcoHearth's Eco Op-Ed editor and its chief investigative reporter.
Willow Lune is a natural scientist, instructor, and all-around playful mother devoted to unschooling. She has a long history of working to heal environmental and social wounds through community and global activism. At home in northern California, Willow can be found digging in the garden, creating healing salves, practicing qigong and playing with kids. Her writing can be found across many sections of the EcoHearth site.
Dawn Marshallsay is a UK writer and NCTJ-trained journalist whose love of nature began by planting every seed she found as a child. She draws inspiration from the Kentish woodland near her house, and lives by the motto: care for nature and nature will care for you. Dawn writes both Eco International Blog reports and various Eco Zine articles for EcoHearth.
Evan Miller is a researcher based in Auckland, New Zealand, working to promote environmental health initiatives in Maori and Pacific Islander youth. She studied ecology and conservation biology at New College of Florida, and has volunteered on nature reserves and sanctuaries containing some of the world’s most endangered avifauna. Her writing experience ranges from journalism to travel and environmental blogs. Her other interests include sustainable urban planning and green transportation initiatives. Evan writes EcoHearth Review blog entries and Eco Zine articles for EcoHearth.
Joy Nicholson lives in New Mexico with her husband where they have a special-needs dog rescue. She has published two novels, The Tribes of Palos Verdes: A Novel and The Road to Esmeralda: A Novel, but is mainly interested in non-fiction animal-welfare issues now. Joy's primary contribution to EcoHearth is her El Rancho de Chihuahua blog, often centered around her dog rescue activities.
André Oosterman is a Melbourne, Australia-based financial consultant. When he is not consulting (which, blissfully, happens quite a lot), he travels, reads comics, studies graphic design and writes about environmental economics and related topics for Ecohearth. Many of his pieces appear in our Eco International blog.
Carol Rich, an award-winning freelance writer, lives in Columbus, Ohio. Besides EcoHearth, her work has appeared in client and consumer magazines as well as trade publications. She has written on an especially wide range of topics—everything from home building, paper production and information management to, of course, ecology. Carol contributes mostly Eco Zine articles and Eco Hero profiles to EcoHearth.
Fiona Sinclair, Ph.D. lives completely off-grid in northern New Mexico where she harvests water, composts all waste, eats food grown within a 100-mile radius (including in her own garden), strives to have zero carbon emissions and is active in her community. Associate Director of Sustainability Studies and Professor of Natural Resource Management at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, she has contributed several Eco Op-Ed commentaries to the site.
was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1954. She is Quebecois, Acadian and Metis of mixed blood French and Canadian First Nation ancestry and grew up bilingual in French and English. An artist, author, activist and mother of four, she lives in the mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is the New Mexico Coordinator of Martin Luther King III’s Realizing the Dream Initiative. Charleen has authored the award-winning, critically-acclaimed and banned book, It Stops with Me: Memoir of a Canuck Girl, and NDN Art: Contemporary Native American Art. She writes on the arts, handwork, sustainability, indigenous thinking, healing and nurturing creativity. Read more by Charleen at her One Earth Blog and see her Messages from the Earth blog and other writing on EcoHearth.
Michelle Wood is a freelance writer and student living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is an active volunteer for her neighborhood association’s green committee and the Center for Energy and Environment. Michelle has fond childhood memories of gathering native seeds while her mother made field notes near their home on a cliff in the St. Croix River valley. A life-long student of anthropology, biology, sustainability and communications, she is currently working toward a degree that integrates these fields. For EcoHearth, she writes both Eco Blog entries and Eco Zine articles.
Note: Not all EcoHearth contributors are represented above.
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