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 (2012 – 2013):
- Dale Ball
- Kitty Brigham - bio Kitty Brigham has lived in Colorado since 1976. She began championing environmental protection and conservation in the early 80′s as natural resources chair for the Jefferson County League of Women Voters. She is a retired nonprofit administrator and active nonprofit volunteer. Kitty lives in a brand new net zero 100% fossil-free solar PV home that was designed by CU architecture and engineering students. She also “walks”, bikes and busses “the talk” by leaving her 13 year old Subaru parked 90% time. Her special concern is to speak to the safeguarding of wildlife and protection of ecosystems and biodiversity.
- 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.
- Kristen Marshall – bio Kristen Marshall is a writer and an environmental activist. She earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado in Boulder and then decided to stay in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for another year. That was 25 years ago. “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here? That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, said the Cat.” Marshall is deeply concerned about the destruction of water resources and natural catchments. She feels that our societies should seek and choose peaceful ways to preserve that which flows through and between us all. Water is a right. She warns that water privatization threatens life on earth. The Front Range is seeing the contamination of vast amounts of water through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”. Marshall is staying in Boulder to fight for the land that she loves.
- Priscilla Stuckey – bio
Priscilla Stuckey is a writer, scholar, editor, and Earth-advocate with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. Her new book, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature (Counterpoint 2012), uses her own experience of encounters with trees, birds, or animals to arrive at more hopeful cultural stories about nature, including our own nature. Priscilla holds a PhD in religious studies and feminist theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (CA) and now teaches environmental humanities in the graduate programs of Prescott College (AZ). When she lived in Oakland (CA), a creek that ran through her property inspired the start of the Butters Canyon Conservancy, a neighborhood-based land trust that she founded and served as first president. She is now active in the local and international movement to recognize the legal rights of nature. She lives in Boulder, CO, where she enjoys hiking, gardening with native plants, and blogging. Her website is priscillastuckey.com.
- 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.