Emma Marris

Emma Marris (born January 15, 1979) is an American non-fiction writer whose works focus on modern environmentalism.[1] She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and attended Roosevelt High School, where she worked on the school newspaper. She earned a BA in English at the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and wrote for the scientific journal Nature for five years.[2] Her book Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World introduces conservation approaches that go beyond simply protecting land seen as "wilderness."[3] Her 2021 book, Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World, focuses on the ethics of human relationships with wild animals, including hunting, keeping wild pets, captive breeding, and wildlife management. Marris proposes a unified ethical approach that balances the protection of biodiversity with respect for the welfare and autonomy of nonhuman animals.[4] Her TED talk on broadening the definition of nature has been watched over 1.4 million times.[5] Her articles appear in outlets including National Geographic, Outside, the Atavist, Wired, High Country News, the Atlantic, and the New York Times.[6] Marris is also a climate justice activist who emphasizes collective action on climate.[7] In November 2019, she was arrested during at sit-in in the office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, asking the governor to oppose a proposed fossil fuel pipeline in Southern Oregon.[8] She is a board member of the climate justice group Rogue Climate.[9] She lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon.


  1. ^ Kloor, Keith (December 12, 2012). "The Great Schism in the Environmental Movement". Slate. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Emma Marris". Washington State University. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Nijhuis, Michelle (August 23, 2012). "Save the median strip! Or, how to annoy E.O. Wilson". Grist. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Bloomsbury.com. "Wild Souls". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  5. ^ Marris, Emma, Nature is everywhere -- we just need to learn to see it, retrieved 2020-01-16
  6. ^ "Emma Marris Clips". Emma Marris. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  7. ^ Marris, Emma (2020-01-10). "Opinion | How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  8. ^ "Here's What It Was Like to Get Arrested During an Environmental Protest". Sierra Club. 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  9. ^ "Team | Rogue Climate". Retrieved 2021-01-26.

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