“Nonprofit Advocacy in an Era of Extinction: the Role of the ‘Nature’s Right’ Movement”
As Executive Director of Environment Now, Linda Sheehan guides philanthropic efforts to protect California's coastal, freshwater, and forest ecosystems. Prior to Environment Now, Linda served the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as Senior Counsel, and was a consultant to foundations and state agencies. She implemented nature’s rights programs as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Earth Law Center, led the California Coastkeeper Alliance as Executive Director, and oversaw Ocean Conservancy’s work as Pacific Region Director. For her efforts in “fight[ing] pollution of the Pacific and the streams and rivers that flow into it,” Linda was recognized by the state as a California Coastal Hero. She has published extensively, taught nature’s rights courses at Vermont Law School, and recommended rights-based climate strategies through TEDx.