Green Festival Speakers

Mira Manickam


Author, Mira Manickam believes that there are many ways to connect to nature. As an educator at the Headlands Institute, Mira has strived to make environmental education more inclusive. She believes in empowering her students to connect with nature in their own way. She has brought eco-art, Michael Jackson, and hip-hop onto the trails and into the campfire circle. As a Toyota TogetherGreen fellow, Mira worked with United Roots in Oakland, to connect eight youth with urban forestry as a means for healing and building community. United Roots, a Green Media Arts Center, works with youth who struggle daily with challenges ranging from homelessness, addiction, incarceration, and unstable homes. Many have been directly touched by the high homicide rate in Oakland. These youth joined with elder community activist leaders and local foresters to plant an urban grove in memory of victims of violence.