Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation. She is the Suzuki Foundation Knowledge and Climate Change Fellow, a solar power community advocate and activist to end the epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. She has written numerous articles on the tar sands and produced short documentaries on water issues and Indigenous cultural revitalization.
Having grown up in the oil sands region, she witnessed first-hand the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now spends most of her days traveling inside Canada and around the world to share her family’s stories and realities with a larger audience.
Anisha Desai most recently served as Director of the New Leaders Initiative (NLI) at Earth Island Institute, which raises the profile of young emerging environmental leaders in North America and provides them with skills, resources, and relationships to lead effective campaigns and projects. The NLI also confers the Brower Youth Awards, the premier North American awards honoring bold young environmental leaders. Anisha has a long history of work in youth leadership and social justice, and was formerly the Executive Director of the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland and the Program Director of United for a Fair Economy in Boston.
She graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in Human Development and Psychology, and from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, English Literature and Secondary Education.
For over Nine years, Layha Spoonhunter has been a strong advocate for American Indian youth. A member of the Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota, he has been inspired to lead others by learning about the great chiefs and warriors like Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Washakie and Black Coal. Spoonhunter served in 2008 as the youngest Native American delegate for then Senator Obama. He danced in the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations of President Obama representing both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes.
Kyp Malone is a multi-instrumentalist and member of the bands TV on the Radio, Iran, Rain Machine, and Ice Balloons.He addresses in his lyrics racism, show business, and politics in an indirect manner with poetry and images.
He has used music to support numerous causes for social justice throughout his career including Occupy Wall Street, Standing Rock and the climate change movement.
Melinda Kramer is an environmental activist, mother, connector, and founder of Women’s Earth Alliance. At age 24, she set out to create a thriving global resource to support the courageous efforts of grassroots women leaders working around the world to protect the environment for future generations. Today, she co-directs WEA’s work on three continents around issues of clean water, food security, climate change, and land protection. Before founding WEA, Melinda worked around the world with organizations pursuing environmental justice, sustainable local economies and indigenous rights.
Katheryn Erbe is an actress, role model and substance abuse mentor for Indigenous youth. While an undergraduate student at NYU, Erbe was cast as the daughter of Lynn Redgrave's character on the sitcom Chicken Soup. She later became a member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has starred in many of their productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Curse of the Starving Class, and The Grapes of Wrath, which ran for six months and won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Play. Erbe earned a Tony Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in The Speed of Darkness.
Erbe starred in such films as What About Bob?, Stir of Echoes, Rich in Love, and the independent films Dream with the Fishes, Love from Ground Zero, and Entropy. She played opposite David Caruso in Kiss of Death. She portrayed Shirley Bellinger on the HBO series Oz, to critical acclaim, and made a guest appearance on Homicide: Life on the Street in 1997. From 2001 to early 2010, she starred as Detective Alexandra Eames on the NBC/USA Network series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, alongside Vincent D'Onofrio.
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes is a leading Psychologist with a private practice in New York City for the past 15 years. Her practice consists of older adolescents and adults. She provides Individual as well as marital, family and group psychotherapy. In addition, Dr. Binder-Brynes is a leading expert in the field of posttraumatic stress.
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes has recently been contracted to the Episcopal Church to counsel and debrief returning Military Episcopal Clergy who have been deployed in Iraq. Recently, Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes has become a charter member of the Division of Trauma Psychology of The American Psychological Association and has been appointed to the Committee of Disaster Response. She is currently working on setting up remote video trauma relief counseling programs in conjunction with the Episcopal Church in the New Orleans area.
As a documentary filmmaker and activist, Amanda Zackem’s mission is to fight against exploitative corporate power structures and help put the planet back into a healthy balance. Zackem began her career by producing the documentary, The Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four – the film follows the federal conspiracy trial of four anti-war peace activists, emphasizing the need for civil disobedience to maintain a healthy democracy.
As a Director, Zackem’s most recent documentary, American Psychosis, is based on an interview with Pulitzer-prize winning Journalist, Author and Activist Chris Hedges and discusses modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion. It has screened in film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards and was most recently nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival in London.
Robert Kennedy Jr.
Robert Kennedy, Jr. is an environmental lawyer, activist and President of Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit focused on grassroots efforts to preserve and protect waterways worldwide. In May of 2010, he was named a "Hero for the Planet" by Time.com for his work with Riverkeeper, helping to restore the Hudson River. Kennedy has written ten books, including two The New York Times best-sellers, and three children’s books. His articles have appeared in anthologies of America’s Best Environmental Writing, Best Science Writing, Best Crime Writing, and Best Political Writing for his article “Crimes Against Nature” published on November 24, 2003 in Rolling Stone.
In 2016, he joined thousands of concerned citizens and Native Americans from numerous tribes at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Kip Andersen’s awakening as a filmmaker came as a result of An Inconvenient Truth. After seeing the film, he dramatically changed his lifestyle and believed he was doing everything he could to help the planet. But his life took a different direction when he found out animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction. Together with Keegan Kuhn he co-produced his first film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which became an overnight viral success and ignited the environmental movement.