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Carol van Strum, who speaks for the trees

Carol van Strum is a writer, editor, farmer, parent, and chronic thorn in the side of those who endanger the health and safety of people and the environment. She lives and works in the Oregon Coast Range.

Peter von Stackelberg, reporter, author and chief scanner

Peter von Stackelberg is an investigative journalist, writer, and publisher. He is also a part-time college lecturer and has taught classes that range from English and digital storytelling to managing technology and innovation, systems thinking, and strategic management.

Peter authored Technology & the Future: Managing Change and Innovation in the 21st Century (Jericho Hill Publishing, 2014) and over a career of more than 40 years has written thousands of news stories, briefs, and reports on environmental issues, technological change, issues shaping the future of global society, and a multitude of other topics.

In 1981, he was awarded a Citation of Merit -- The Roland Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Canadian Journalism by the Governor-General of Canada. The award was presented for a series of investigative news stories about fraud and corruption in the testing of more than 100 pesticides, drugs, food additives, and industrial chemicals. In 1989, Peter's stories on the coverup of dioxin hazards in pulp and paper products was names as one of the top 10 stories of the year by Sonoma State University's Project Censored.

Eric Francis Coppolino, reporter and broadcaster

Eric Francis Coppolino is the executive director of Chiron Return, Inc., the small nonprofit organization coordinating The Gemstone Files. He is an internationally-published, award-winning investigative journalist, broadcaster and publisher. His reporting on environmental toxins dates to the early 1980s and has appeared in The Village Voice, Sierra, and The Ecologist; The New York Times followed his extraordinary story as a young journalist.

He is the host of Planet Waves FM for the Pacifica Network and a columnist for the New York Daily News.

Among journalists, he is considered one of the world's leading experts on the menace of PCBs, dioxins and other forms of chlorine pollution, and the corporate scandals which led to their existence. He has also covered Congress, the American Medical Association, and the United States EPA, and recently uncovered a scam by some of the nation's most prestigious land trusts to steal private property from individual citizens.
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