Environmental Speaker and Activist Christopher Manes: The Environmental Movement-Then and Now

Start Date
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 7:00 pm
End Date
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 8:30 pm
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Michael B. Loughlin
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This will be a 45 minute lecture by author, activist, and attorney, Christopher Manes, who will speak about his experiences with Earth First!, Wild Earth, and other environmental contacts going back to the late 1980s. Manes will also speak about the current condition of the Environmental Movement in the USA and abroad. The last half of this event will be a question and answer session with anyone in the audience regarding his presentation and the environmental movement in general. Manes visited ONU in person in 1997, gave a provocative talk, and answered a wide range of questions from students and faculty in the McIntosh Activities Room. This online lecture is being sponsored by CASE, the History Program, and Phi Beta Delta.

Manes is an award-winning author whose articles have appeared in such publications as Los Angeles Magazine, Environmental Ethics, Orion Nature Quarterly, Houghton Mifflin's Encyclopedia of the Environment, Human Ecology Review, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He was nominated for a LA Times Book Award in science. His articles have won a Maggie Award, a GM Foundation award in medical science, and a Nautilus Award. As a current tax attorney in Palm Springs California, his investigative cover story for California Lawyer Magazine on probate abuses was read into the Congressional Record during US Senate hearings on elder abuse. He has also produced several documentaries, which have appeared at film festivals and been excerpted on MTV and 60 Minutes. His Education includes: University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School, J.D. ;University of Reykjavik, Iceland, Fulbright Scholar; University of Oregon, Eugene, Ph.D. program ; University of Wisconsin, Madison, M.A. ; University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.

In 1990 Manes wrote Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization, in which he called for a severe reduction in the earth’s human population — and the elimination of fossil fuel use, cattle production, and commercial logging, among other policies. In 1997, he wrote Other Creations: Rediscovering the Spirituality of Animals. In the late 1980s and 1990s, he was an associate editor of the influential Earth First! Journal, and later the Wild Earth Journal.