Conversations With Conservationists - A Video Series

Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." This quote embodies the ongoing video documentary series, being developed by the International League of Conservation Writers and Fulcrum Publishing, featuring activists who have been in the forefront of conservation and wilderness preservation not only in the United States and Canada, but worldwide.

The intent is to provide historical archiving of the work done by these people to serve as inspiration to all and for education of the public on the need for preserving and protecting the natural environment and its biodiversity.

We have been focusing on those people who have made major contributions to conservation over a lifetime of work. We will continue to interview through 2013 and 2014. Future documentaries will include people whose work has been more short term on specific projects of importance.

These video interviews began in early 2011 and continue today. We welcome input on people who might be included in this work.

To date:

  • Kathi Anderson: The Walden Woods Project
    As Director of the Thoreau Institute, Kathi has worked on the Walden Woods Project to protect the area around Walden Pond, the place made famous in the writings of Henry David Thoreau.
  • Susan Bruce: WILD Wonders of Europe
    Susan has been actively involved in wilderness preservation for a number of years. Her most recent project is The Wild Wonders of Europe, a traveling exhibition of photographs from some of that continent’s best nature photographers.
  • Susan Canney: The Mali Elephant Project
    For more than a decade Susan has worked in northern Mali to protect the migratory routes of a herd of elephants - among the last left in the country. Her work with local people is helping to save these animals.
  • Patty Limerick: Water and the West
    As the Director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Patty is considered to be one of the leading historians of the American West. She is also an expert on water and its uses and abuses in the arid West.
  • Harvey Locke: Yellowstone to Yukon
    Long-time wilderness conservationist, Harvey is the editor and co-curator of Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art. He is a prominent Canadian conservationist.
  • Thomas Locker: Painting and Nature
    The late Tom Locker was considered one of the modern masters of the Hudson River School of artists with over 75 solo exhibitions. His work has been featured in major galleries and he is author of seven books for Fulcrum. His interview focuses on the relationship of art and nature.
  • Vance Martin: The WILD Foundation and Wilderness Congresses
    The Director of the WILD Foundation, Vance has worked tirelessly for wilderness preservation worldwide for decades. He has organized and directed most of the World Wilderness Congresses held in numerous countries for the past two decades.
  • Boyd Norton: The Serengeti and 45 Years of Preserving Wilderness in North America.
    Boyd likes to joke that it was all David Brower’s fault that he gave up his career as a nuclear physicist in 1969 to become a freelance writer and photographer specializing in wilderness worldwide. In addition to his efforts in North America and Africa, he worked with Brower to help preserve Siberia’s Lake Baikal.
  • Jo Roberts: The UK Wilderness Projects
    One does not generally think of the British Isles as a place containing much wild land, but Jo has worked through her organization to protect and preserve wilderness in the U.K. She is a South African who conducts much work in Africa as well.
  • Kenny Salway: Life on the Mississippi
    Kenny calls himself the Last River Rat. Living in a shack on the banks of a backwater swamp along the Upper Mississippi River, he writes - and speaks - eloquently of living close to nature and exploring nature’s wonders.
  • Bruce Paton: The Spirit of Adventure and World Explorers
    A retired Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Colorado, Bruce has written about explorers around the world and their spirit of adventure. An adventurer himself, he has hiked and climbed in the American West, Europe and Nepal and has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro twice.