This memoir by environmental legal pioneer Marc McGinnes chronicles a uniquely American history, from the "secret city" of Richland, WA, where Marc's mother worked on the Manhattan Project, to Marc’s ongoing work in the environmental movement at its birthplace in Santa Barbara after the devastating 1969 oil blowout. Recounting his involvement in the conference that presented the Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights, in the first Earth Day celebrations, and the creation of enduring institutions such as the Environmental Defense Center, the Community Environmental Council, and the Environmental Studies program at University of California Santa Barbara, this book is a valuable resource with an eyewitness account of the formative days of the environmental movement. It also tells the personal story of the author’s deeply spiritual transformation from a hotshot corporate lawyer who routinely represented the rapacious power elite to environmental lawyer, mediator and teacher. Changed forever by a photograph of Earth from space and a call from his powerful mentor in Congress, the trajectory of his life is redirected towards the pursuit of environmental justice. This inspiring volume is packed with tales of personal connections, surprising collaborations, leaps of faith, and acts of service that constitute the author’s long and successful campaign fighting for the planet he loves.

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About Marc McGinnes

Marc McGinnes has been inspiring people about what could be possible for this bright blue marble, as an educator, lawyer and activist for over four decades. It's all about collaborative conversation. Join in.


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Earth Day Ambassadors are a community for the Earth and Earth Day, dedicated to generating projects and participation to create Earth Day 2020 as the most impactful ever, on the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day


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