MERI-MARGARET DEOUDES IS president
and CEO of the Bethesda-based nonprofit
EarthShare, which forms partnerships
between the private sector and nearly 600
environmental groups—including ;e Nature
Conservancy and the Anacostia Watershed
Society—developing employee engagement
programs to support the organizations.
Deoudes says ;omas Friedman has a way
of writing that helps readers understand
the most complicated issues. ;at’s one of
the reasons she likes his book Hot, Flat, and
Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—
and How It Can Renew America (Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 2008).
Because there is so much important sci-
ence connected with climate change and
environmental work, advocates sometimes
forget how to make the case in a way that reso-
nates with everyday Americans, Deoudes says.
“We need to speak in simple language to help
them understand how big the issue is and
what we need to do to move the needle.”
Climate change has become part of a
broader social justice issue, says Deoudes,
who lives in Bethesda. Friedman, also a
Bethesda resident, writes about participat-
ing in the green movement as a “personal
virtue,” and draws parallels to the call to
action in the civil rights movement. “;e
book made me think about choices that
I was making that might be better for my
family and how that might make it better for
the environment overall,” Deoudes says.
;at’s on your bedside table?