On February 1, 2016, an international group of scientists, conservationists and philanthropists urged California's leaders and Pacific Gas & Electric to do all in their power to Save Diablo Canyon Power Plant so it can provide clean electricity for decades to come.
Signers include former NASA climate scientists James Hansen; Santa Clara University conservation biologist Michelle Marvier; 1976 Nobel Prize winner Burton Richter; President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Center; Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Richard Rhodes; and Whole Earth Catalogue Founder, Stewart Brand.
Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor and at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions.
Michelle Marvier is professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University and coauthor of the pathbreaking textbook Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature.
Norris McDonald is founder and president of the African American Environmentalist Association, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement, and the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy. McDonald worked at the Environmental Policy Institute from 1979 - 1986 (now Friends of the Earth). The AAEA has also sponsored creek walks, tours of inner city toxic waste sites, power plants, drinking-water plants, sewage treatment plants, and conservation farms, all with the idea of bringing together mostly white environmentalists with black inner city residents. McDonald won the Environment Magazine Award in 1991, the Conservation award from the National Wildlife Federation in 1997, and the Green Room Energy and Environmental Leadership Award in 2012. In December 2012 he was named one of Ebony magazine’s Power 100.
Chris Foreman is professor and director of the social policy program at the University of Maryland 's School of Public Policy where he teaches courses on political institutions and the politics of inequality. Professor Foreman came to the school in 2000 after more than a decade at the Brookings Institution, where he continues as a non-resident senior fellow in the governance studies program. His bookSignals from the Hill: Congressional Oversight and the Challenge of Social Regulation (Yale University Press, 1988) won the 1989 D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress. He is also the author ofPlagues, Products and Politics: Emergent Public Health Hazards and National Policymaking (Brookings, 1994). In The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice (Brookings, 1998) Professor Foreman addresses the opportunities and constraints facing advocates and policymakers in the search for environmental equity. He is also the editor of The African American Predicament (Brookings, 1999). His interests include the politics of health, race, regulation, and government reform. Professor Foreman taught previously at American University . He served on the board of governors of The Nature Conservancy from 1999 to 2005, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia in 2008-2009.
Distinguished Research Professor & Australian Laureate; Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation; Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science
Former senior scientist at the Stanford University Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Utah.
Lian Pin Koh, Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation, Director, Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (www.uraf.org) Australian Research Council Future Fellow II, Environment Institute, University of Adelaid