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Debra Denker has been writing stories since she learned to read. Although novels and poetry were her first loves, she turned her talent to journalism in the ‘70s and ‘80s, writing about Afghanistan and the refugee situation in Pakistan for National Geographic and many leading newspapers. She has specialized in social documentation utilizing journalism, photography, and film to convey the experiences of people in war torn areas, with the intention of stimulating the empathy necessary for humans to stop violence against people and planet.

Denker is the author of two published books, the non-fiction literary memoir Sisters on the Bridge of Fire: One Woman’s Journeys in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, and the novel War in the Land of Cain—a st
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Debra Denker I asked the question, "how can we reverse climate change?" When I thought of time travel, I asked, "what time would we need to go back to in order to …moreI asked the question, "how can we reverse climate change?" When I thought of time travel, I asked, "what time would we need to go back to in order to make sure things never got this bad?" I thought of rigged elections, and how to unrig them. The character of Tara grew out of my travels in the UK in 2013. She is originally from Taos, New Mexico, but her spirit just started traveling with me to Findhorn and other places.(less)
Debra Denker As soon as I started writing Weather Menders, Georgie the gray cat just "appeared" and started talking telepathically to Tara. I had no idea he would …moreAs soon as I started writing Weather Menders, Georgie the gray cat just "appeared" and started talking telepathically to Tara. I had no idea he would become such an important, in fact key, part of the story. I've felt a deep connection to felines all my life (and maybe lives, if one believes in reincarnation), and have been serving as an animal communicator for the past 10 or so years, so it was only natural that Georgie would communicate with my main character. As his personality developed, it became clear that he was very much like my eldest cat, Dorjee, a long-haired gray rescue cat. I figured Georgie would have to have short hair because of the extreme warming by 2050 (unless we successfully reverse it). The inside joke is that Georgie's name would have been Dorjee except that Leona as a little child misunderstood the unfamiliar name as "Georgie." A bit of magic occurred last Christmas Eve when a short-haired gray stray appeared outside my house. As no one could be tracked from his chip, and no one responded to my numerous posts about him, he ended up joining our family as Samadhi "Sammy" Timewalker. When I met him I realized I had to publish the novel as soon as possible. I'm still not sure he's not really Georgie from 2050. I love Georgie's sense of humor, and that he's a very brave little kitty.
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Climate Change is a Foundational and Intersectional Issue of Life and Death

In a way, climate change is really the ONLY issue. Because if we don’t get this one right and, at minimum, hold global heating to the 1.5 degrees C agreed on in in the non-binding Paris Accords, none of the other issues that progressives—or anyone else—care about are going to matter.
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