Cal DeWitt and Majora Carter — Discovering Where We Live: Reimagining Environmentalism
January 17, 2008

Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. We discover two people who are transforming the ecology of their immediate worlds in Dunn, Wisconsin and New York's South Bronx.


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Selected Readings

Muir in Alaska

The pioneering environmentalist John Muir has often been associated with secularist causes. But this reflection on first seeing glacier bay reveals another side of the great man.

Let It Be

In this essay, DeWitt reflects on his land and the marshes that surround it.

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Video Stories

We made a road trip to DeWitt's home in Dunn, Wisconsin to give you a more visual perspective of the marshes and wildlife that surround his lands.

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Unheard Cuts and Selected Speeches

We couldn't include the entirety of both interviews in an hour of radio, so we've included downloadable mp3s of Krista's complete conversations with Majora Carter and Calvin DeWitt. We've also selected unbroadcast segments in which they discuss their background and ideas on moving forward.

About the Image

Photograph of a 2006 art installation titled "The Politics of Trade and Trash" by Troy David Ouellette. After collecting two bags of trash from a local road in London, Canada, Ouellette attempted to determine the origin of the waste by details on the packaging.

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is founder and executive director of Sustainable South Bronx. She was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" in 2005.

is a professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His books include Earth-Wise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues.

Production Credits

Host/Producer: Krista Tippett

Managing Producer: Kate Moos

Senior Producer: Mitch Hanley

Consulting Editor: Bill Buzenberg

Producer: Colleen Scheck

Online Editor: Trent Gilliss

Associate Producer: Jody Abramson