Inspiring youth to engage in activating democracy and emerge as game changers
Dr. Riki Ott is a marine toxicologist and former Alaska commercial fisher ma’am who experienced the trauma and devastation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill firsthand. This became a vehicle for personal growth and her work in front-line communities to increase public awareness of the enormous socio-economic costs of our oil dependency. In 2015, she received the Grace Lee Boggs Award from the Make It Safe Coalition for her work empowering people to have a voice in energy choices in their own backyard. She directs two projects for the Earth Island Institute: UltimateCivics.org towards a healthy democracy; and AlertProject.org towards a healthy energy future.