"In Love with Earth" - Book Signing and Reading!

In Love with Earth: Testimonies and heartsongs from an environmental elder

Book Signing and Reading with author Marc McGinnes

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
5:30-7:30pm

Bren Hall 1414
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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The Environmental Studies Program can't think of a better way to kick off the start of our 50th Anniversary year as an academic department at UCSB than to host environmentalist, activist, author, lawyer, and longtime ES faculty member Marc McGinnes, as he shares his recently published book, In Love with Earth, with the UCSB community. This book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking an eyewitness account of the formative days of the environmental movement! 

This memoir by environmental legal pioneer Marc McGinnes chronicles his ongoing work in the environmental movement at its birthplace in Santa Barbara after the devastating 1969 oil blowout. Recounting his involvement in the conference that presented the Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights, the first Earth Day celebrations, and the creation of enduring institutions such as the Environmental Defense Center, the Community Environmental Council, and the Environmental Studies program at UCSB,  It also tells the personal story of the author’s deeply spiritual transformation from a hotshot corporate lawyer who routinely represented the rapacious power elite to environmental lawyer, mediator and teacher. 

About the author: Marc McGinnes completed a 33-year teaching career at UCSB in the Environmental Studies Program during which he won numerous teaching awards. McGinnes is a graduate of Stanford University, and of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. In 1969 he moved to Santa Barbara in order to begin work as an environmental lawyer in the aftermath of the offshore oil platform blowout and spill early that year.