Peter Pitzele is a teacher-writer with several books in print. His most recent is a novel entitled “Perfect Beauty” . Along with his wife Susan, Peter created “Bibliodrama,” a form of improvisational play that explores biblical narratives. Peter is also on the Advisory Board of Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, New York. Peter has taught himself to play shakuhachi flute, which has become part of his morning practice, and whenever he can, he gets up on the mountain for walks and often comes down with a song.
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Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD is the founder and Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization, an organization that is working to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization that rapidly transforms our economy to protect humanity and the living world. Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and also holds a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change. She is the author of The Transformative Power of Climate Truth and Leading the Public into Emergency Mode. Her forthcoming book, Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth, will help readers process the emotional, psychological elements of the climate crisis and rise to the challenge of our time.
John Cook is a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. His research focus is on understanding and countering misinformation about climate change. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge and 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He authored the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, that combines climate science, critical thinking, and cartoons to explain and counter climate misinformation. John moved from Australia to the U.S. in 2017, and continues to eat Vegemite every day for breakfast.
William (Bill) Myers is retired from the United Nations, where he worked for UNICEF and the International Labor Office primarily on child protection issues. Currently he is focused on issues around children and youth in climate change, addressing them from an intergenerational perspective. He lives in Elk Grove, California, where he is a founding member of Compassion Elk Grove and active in the NorCal chapter of Elders Climate Action. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.
Nancy Margulies is currently making a documentary film about the strength of the human spirit. Prior to retiring she facilitated visioning sessions and presented ideas using her unique form of graphic representation, Mindscaping. Nancy regularly collaborated with Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science. She has also worked with President Clinton and the Cabinet, the Dalai Lama, and facilitated workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, South Africa, and India. Margulies co-developed The World Café process with Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. Among her seven books authored are Mapping Inner Space, Learning and Teaching Mind Mapping (Zephyr Press Gold Medal winner) and the book/video, Yes, You Can Draw! Her website: www.NancyMargulies.com
Leslie Wharton grew up among small farms along the Delaware River north of Philadelphia in the 1950s and 60s. Her most cherished memories are of long, solitary walks through fields and forests soaking in the beauty and peace of nature around her. She received a Ph.D in history, where she came to appreciate the impermanence of the world we take for granted. She then got a J.D. degree and has been practicing law for the past 35 years. Leslie is dedicated to Elders Climate Action where she serves as national co-chair, heads the Council of Chapters, and is building a local chapter in the Washington DC area.