We are a group of citizen activists of diverse social and political affiliations who are united in our belief in the importance of rights for nature.
Board Members (2014):
- Dale Ball – bio Dale arrived in Colorado in 2011. Dale came to rights of nature through a deep interest in animal rights and concern for the environment. She joyfully teaches vegan cooking classes in her home in south Boulder. Check out her website frontrangevegan.org.
- Kitty Brigham – bio Kitty has lived in Colorado since 1976. She began working for environmental protection and conservation in 1980 as natural resources chair for the Jefferson County League of Women Voters. She is a 95% vegan past nonprofit administrator and current nonprofit volunteer. Kitty lives in a new net-zero 100% fossil-free solar PV home that was designed by CU architecture and engineering students. She also “walks”, bikes and buses “the talk” by leaving her 14 year old Subaru parked nearly all the time. Her special concern is the safeguarding of wildlife and biodiversity and vitalization of ecosystems.
- Steve Jones – bio Steve Jones is author of The Last Prairie, a Sandhills Journal, and co-author of The Shortgrass Prairie, the Peterson Field Guide to the North American Prairie, Colorado Nature Almanac, Wild Boulder County, and Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range. Steve organized the first comprehensive small owl and wintering raptor surveys in Boulder County and helped plan and carry out the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas. His consulting work includes more than two-dozen breeding bird and resource inventories for city, county, and state open space programs. He has led field trips and taught nature classes for 32 years, and he taught in the Boulder Valley Public Schools for 33 years. He currently serves as president of Boulder County Audubon Society.
- Dan Leftwich – bio Dan Leftwich is an attorney in Boulder, Colorado, and the founder of MindDrive Legal Services, LLC (www.minddrivelegal.com). Dan has an undergraduate degree in journalism, and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. During his 20-year span as an antitrust class action litigator, Dan was involved in some of the most complex cases in the nation addressing corporate monopoly power with his former law firm in Washington, D.C. Beyond this traditional legal experience, Dan also has life-long experience in the study of consciousness, nature and the law. In 2008 he formed Evolutionary Law, which is dedicated to the promotion of a new form of Earth Jurisprudence to bring the rights of Nature and Humanity into balance. This work includes promotion of legal rights for Nature, as well as sustainable rights to Nature. Dan is a founding member of Boulder Rights Of Nature, a group dedicated to establishing the legal rights of nature in Boulder County and beyond. He has received training from the ISIS Academy, the Presencing Institute, and the Oneness University in India in a diverse array of organizational change processes. He is the author of several articles and presentations on natural resilience, sustainability, and the law, including: “Evolving from Dominion to Communion: How Legal Rights of Nature Can Exist in Balance With Individual Property Rights,” Earth Jurisprudence and Environmental Justice Journal: (2011) Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 2; “Crimes Against Nature Are Crimes Against Humanity,” Loretto Earth Network News: Winter 2011, Vol. 19, No. 1; “Nature’s Role In Sustainability,” May 31, 2013 Presentation at Congress for New Urbanism, Salt Lake City, UT; “Rights of Nature and Rights to Water,” Jan. 28, 2012 Presentation at Downstream Neighbor Conference, Denver CO (http://www.downstreamneighbor.org/resources); and ”Climate Justice and Rights of Nature,” Oct. 29, 2011 Presentation at Colorado Bioneers Conference, Boulder, CO.
- Peter MacGill – bio With a masters degree in geology, Peter MacGill was a district geologist for the state of Florida for seven years. As a general contractor, Peter has built and remodeled homes, businesses and non-profits in the Boulder/Estes Park area for twenty-seven years. He helped perfect building codes for adobe and strawbale construction for the city of Boulder in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and has built several strawbale homes.
Peter was responsible for building and managing a retreat center in New Mexico using natural materials and sacred geometry. While there, he served on the Catron County Water Advisory Board for six years, helping to create its water use plan. He also contributed to regional and state water use plans.
Since 2000, Peter and psychic Cathee Courter (his partner) have been consultants in “conscious building” and nature/human communication. Their forthcoming book, “How Nature Sees Us”, presents the perspectives of various nature beings on the human/nature relationship. It teaches how to access nature consciousness for the development of Earth-friendly technologies and culture. Peter is currently a free-lance videographer.
- Michael Thomason
- Howard Witkin
- Chris Hoffman – bio [Founding board member, currently on leave.] Chris Hoffman is a counselor and organization development consultant specializing in organizations committed to sustainability. His background includes 23 years as an internal consultant with a Fortune 500 company He is also an ecopsychologist and poet. His publications include The Hoop and the Tree: A Compass for Finding a Deeper Relationship With All Life (a book on ecopsychology and spirituality) plus two books of poetry (Cairns and Realization Point) as well as several professional articles on organization development. His website is www.hoopandtree.org .
To establish the legal rights of nature in Boulder County and beyond.