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Lessons from yesterday, Visions for Tomorrow

Oral Histories

The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production launched the Toward Tomorrow initiative in 2005 with a series of in-depth conversations with environmental and health leaders.  Over the course of a year, Joel Tickner and Polly Hoppin conducted oral histories with people who have made great contributions to communities, organizations and movements seeking health and well-being for humans and the natural world.  Altogether, 19 Toward Tomorrow Visionaries shared insights from their youth, lessons learned from a lifetime of research, organizing and practice, and their guidance to a new generation of leaders. 

We hope to compile many of these oral histories in a book, and have begun that process with several of them, which are now in chapter form. 

Click on the links below to read excepts from these chapters:

  • Theo Colborn, President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)
  • Ken Geiser, Co-Director, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
  • Lois Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice
  • Richard Jackson, Professor & Chair, University of California School of Public Health
  • Damu Smith, Environmental Justice and Peace Activist

Listen to an audio collage of excerpts from interviews!

Toward Tomorrow Visionaries

juanJuan Almandares
Executive Director, Centre for the Prevention, Rehabilitation and Treatment of Victims of Torture, Honduras


michaelMichael Lerner
President and Founder, Commonweal

eulaEula Bingham
Professor of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and former Administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration


richardlRichard Levins
Professor of Population Sciences, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

theoTheo Colborn
President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) and author of Our Stolen Future



richardmRichard Moore,
Executive Director, Southwest Network for Economic and Environmental Justice

davidgDavid Gee,
European Environment Agency, union organizer, and author of The Precautionary Principle in the 20th Century: Late Lessons from Early Warnings.


edrodmanRev. Ed Rodman
Professor, Episcopal Divinity School

kengeiserKen Geiser
Co-Director, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, and long time proponent of clean production, toxic use reduction.


peggyshepardPeggy Shepard
Co-Founder, WE ACT for Environmental Justice and winner of Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership

loisgibbsLois Gibbs
Executive Director, Center for Health and Environmental Justice and community organizer who gained fame after her Love Canal, NY neighborhood became contaminated with toxic waste.


damusmithDamu Smith
Environmental Justice and Peace Activist

tomgoldtoothTom Goldtooth
Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network



blankBenedeto Terraccini
Professor of Biostatistics (retired)
Università di Torino

blank2Vilma Hunt
Nuclear Expert, Science Educator



margotMargot Wallstrom
Vice President, European Commission of the European Union

rjacksonRichard Jackson
Professor, and Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health, and former Director, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control

dzwickDavid Zwick
Founder, Clean Water Action
fredkFred Kirschenman
Farmer and Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture