The Intersection

Earth Day With J.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off Earth Day 2008 than brunch with Wallace J. Nichols – third culture oceanographer and Ocean Conservancy senior scientist. Later today, he’s giving a keynote address here at Duke, so it’s a good opportunity for us to catch up. Readers may remember J.’s research featured here on loggerhead sea turtles last October, and tonight he’ll announce the winner of the first annual EcoDaredevil Award during his talk titled: ‘Jump the Chasm: Are you an EcoDaredevil?


EcoDareDevil is a cool concept… Check this out:

Everywhere I go, I meet EcoDaredevils. They are debating, creating, evolving–yes, sometimes crashing–but always, always coming back for more.

The EcoDareDevil award will recognize young people across the nation who, through science, policy or personal action, have taken a particular risk and shown exceptional courage and creativity to go against the mainstream to successfully solve or raise public awareness for an environmental issue. He’s celebrating the folks Chris and I call ‘Intersection Personalities‘ meaning we’ll definitely be in good company! So with that, I’m off to find J. with more coming on this year’s EcoDareDevil soon…


  1. #1 Fred
    April 22, 2008

    Sounds like the Intersection Award you two hinted at in Jan.

  2. #2 Wes Rolley
    April 22, 2008

    We are going to need every EcoDareDevil we can find, encourage, train.

    I spent some time working on a Congressional Campaign for Pete McCloskey back in 2006. McCloskey, a Republican in the House, and Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat in the Senate, were there co-chairs of the very first Earth Day. I am thankful that McCloskey still has some fire because we still need such leadership.

    At the same time, my very local newpaper, the Morgan Hill (CA) Times ran a an OpEd today my Michael S. Berliner of the Ayn Rand Institute. Berliner declared that

    Environmentalism’s Goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life; rather it is a subhuman world where “nature” is worshiped like the totem of some primitive religion.”

    We all know that the Ayn Rand Institute is not mainstream thinking but the very fact that they are publishing this tripe makes one wish PZ would aim his rhetoric there as well.

    We all know that evolution, as it has shaped our world in the past, is continuing to shape our world for the future. I wonder what type of world Berliner is trying to shape, maybe one with out humans at all unless we change our ways.

  3. #3 Ethan Siegel
    April 22, 2008

    Happy Earth Day to the Intersection — I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say about what people should do to make the world a better place. All I have to offer on my site are some pretty pictures from space. Happy Earth Day!

  4. #4 Mr_G
    April 22, 2008

    EcoDareDevil is a cool concept

    No it’s not.

  5. #5 Gared
    April 22, 2008

    Eh, that Mr_G character is just bitter from the earlier threads. EcoDareDevil is wonderful. I’ll be interested to find out about the recipient tomorrow.

    We need more. And fast!

  6. #6 Mr_G
    April 22, 2008

    Totally OT, but I would like to introduce a word that would apply to ID, Framing, Postmodernism, etc.:


    It’s pronounced pretty much like “nonsense”.

  7. #7 Mr_G
    April 22, 2008


    Why would I be bitter? I felt like I was riding the tide.

    EcoDareDevil is lame^20.

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