Theo Colborn

Theo Colborn and Endocrine Disruption

By Jaime Seltzer “We have unwittingly and catastrophically changed the atmosphere… and the womb.” – Theo Colborn Theo Colborn was already an unconventional learner by the time she was in high school in the 1940s, taking science classes that it was understood were meant to be for the boys. Growing up in a family that […]

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson and the Silent Spring

By Jaime Seltzer “If, having endured much, we have at last asserted our “right to know,” and if, knowing, we have concluded that we are being asked to take senseless and frightening risks, then we should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; […]

Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey – Conservationist and Primatologist

By Jaime Seltzer “Any observer is an intruder in the domain of a wild animal and must remember that the rights of that animal supersede human interests.” Dian Fossey was born in San Francisco in 1932. Her parents divorced when she was very young due to her father’s drinking and problems with the law, and […]

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai – addressing the problem at the root

By Jaime Seltzer Wangari Maathai grew up in a lush, rural area of Kenya in 1940. She earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in the United States in the 1960s, and then worked on earning her doctoral degree in Germany and Nairobi, making her the first woman to earn a doctoral degree in East […]