Standing for Justice First

Why I’m Going on Tour with Reverend Leo Woodberry Every once in a while you meet someone who has a profound influence on your life — a person who helps you see things differently and inspires you to take on new challenges. Last year, I was fortunate enough to meet Reverend Leo Woodberry at the […]

Forests, Climate, and Justice in the Southern US

Co-Written with Reverend Leo Woodberry, Executive Director of New Alpha Community Development Corporation Mahatma Gandhi said: “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” He also said: “The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but […]

NC Forests are Under Assault. Governor Cooper Should Help

This op-ed originally appeared in The Charlotte Observer.   Authors: Norman L. Christensen, Ph.D. & William H. Schlesinger, Ph.D. *** Today we joined over 100 scientists to send a letter to Governor Roy Cooper, urging him to address the threats posed by the wood pellet industry and to protect North Carolina’s forests. These threats include emissions of […]

If Only…

One of the very first things I exclaimed to my parents about Houston, as we drove a giant U-Haul down from Oklahoma City, was how green our new city home was. I was 12 at the time, and Houston was a veritable forest oasis to me. The neighborhood I lived in had wild forested lots […]

#Resist: Trump Can’t Fool the Atmosphere and Won’t Stop Climate Progress

On March 28, 2017, President Trump, with the stroke of his executive pen, attempted to roll back U.S. progress towards addressing climate change. Under attack is President Obama’s historic Clean Power Plan which set about to regulate carbon emissions from power plants as well as other important steps taken by the Obama administration to address climate change.