Author/illustrator/Designer Dana Simson is a life-long environmentalist and climate change activist. She and her husband live on the frontline of climate change in a 200-year-old house on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. She keeps a tide clock on the dash of her car and gives the blue crabs and fish the right of way on her commute home. She has been a sought-after speaker and visiting professor on imagination development for the last 20 years. Currently, she is using her skillset to engage and empower people to look at climate change as an opportunity for positive change. Dana has written and illustrated 14 books and worked with many companies internationally to design home decor and many products. She is also the illustrator for the upcoming Green Writers Press children’s picture book; Janey Monarch Seed.
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In this episode Marjorie and Dana discuss:
How illustrated books can have a greater impact on readers openness to the material versus all-text books The changes that she's seen in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem over the last several decades as a result of climate change Does living along the Chesapeake increase residents receptiveness to the concept of climate change and what changes has she seen in the community's mindset over the years Her new book the Come Together Handbook
Resources mentioned in today's episode:
Beasts of a Southern Wild film trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvqZzSMIZa0 Paul Hawken https://paulhawken.com/ Project Drawdown https://drawdown.org/ Climate Action Network https://climatenetwork.org/ Chesapeake Bay Foundation https://www.cbf.org/ Surfrider https://www.surfrider.org/ 350.org https://350.org/ Earth Justice https://earthjustice.org/ Sierra Club https://www.sierraclub.org/ Oceana https://oceana.org/ Repair.org https://www.repair.org/ Slow Food https://www.slowfood.com/ Eat Wild http://www.eatwild.com/ Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/ Habitat for Humanity https://www.habitat.org/
Connect with Dana and get a copy of the Come Together Handbook:
Website: danasimson.com Personal FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/dana.simsonorth Artist FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/danasimson Dana's Art Gallery, Chesapeake East Company: https://www.facebook.com/Danasimsonart Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanaSimsonArt Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danasimsonart/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/danasimson/
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