Steve Curwood on our Relationship to our Environment

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Steve Curwood, host of Living on Earth on NPR.

Steve Curwood, host of Living on Earth on NPR.

Southface is honored to partner with the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business to present Steve Curwood, host of NPR’s Living on Earth, to Atlanta for a series of conversations and events, culminating in his keynote address at the Southface Visionary Dinner.

Steve has been a journalist for more than 30 years with experience at NPR, CBS News, the Boston Globe, WBUR-FM/Boston and WGBH-TV/Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe’s education team. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation, Inc. and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University.

From his show of April 21, 2000, Steve writes:

Thirty years ago, when the first Earth Day rallies got underway, I was slow to get in line. As an African-American I was busy marching about civil rights and fighting poverty. As the son of a single mother, I was busy marching for equal rights for women. As a concerned citizen and Quaker, I was busy marching against the war in Vietnam. Let the white guys march for the environment, I said. Let them rally to keep open space so they can ride to hounds, while I work for a better world.

But over the next 20 years things changed, and I changed, too. As a society, we made a lot of progress on many of the problems of 1970…Meanwhile, I became a journalist and a parent…Of all the issues Americans marched about in 1970, only the environment has gotten worse…life as we know and love it is changing profoundly. Living on Earth doesn’t advocate any particular point of view, except that our relationship to our environment, and what we do to it, is as important as any other part of our lives. And it’s our job to bring you the information you need to make the choices that will determine our future.


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