James B. Blackburn, Jr

Aug 26th 2009

  • Eco-Ology, KPFT’s program dedicated to local hero’s at the forefront of environmental action, ecology, social justice, health, and spirit. (2007)

    A simple question CAN take us on a grand new adventure. What do you think, when you STOP for a moment and watch an animal go about its daily life: your cat, dog, a squirrel, a bird? Do you talk about Your experience?Do you write about it? Do you make a painting about it? Eco-ology brings You Jim Blackburn for a conversation about the book he and Isabelle Scurry Chapman are creating, Birds A Collection of Verse and Vision. Jim will talk about how the project began, and what writing about and painting birds means to them and then to you. Life and living on the Gulf Coast, issues that affect everything around us and issues that are especially important to birds and man as we head pell mell into the hurricane season. What affect do We have? What effect can We have? 1998, he was the recipient of the Bob Eckhardt Lifetime Achievement Award for Coastal Preservation Efforts from the General Land Office of the State of Texas, and in 2001 he received a National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation. He was granted Honorary Membership in the American Institute of Architects in 2003, in recognition of his legal work associated with urban quality of life issues. In 2004, Texas A&M Press published The Book of Texas Bays written by Jim, with photos by renowned Houston photographer Jim Olive. He is an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in Environmental Law in the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department of Rice University. In 2004, he was named “Best Environmental Attorney” by the Houston Press. In 2007, Texas Southern University awarded the Barbara C. Jordan Community Advocate Award for his “unwavering commitment to protecting our environment and the health of Texans throughout the Gulf Coast region.”

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