John Feeney, Ph.D., researches and writes about the fundamental drivers and historical underpinnings of the global ecological crisis. His work has appeared in the BBC's Green Room, The Guardian, The Canyon Country Zephyr, The Oil Drum, the journal Hunter/Gatherer, and elsewhere.
Working in part from a deep ecology perspective, John explores the root causes of humanity's destructive impacts on the biosphere. Underreported in the media, the impacts of these issues are severe and raise questions going to the foundations of civilization.
John received a 2009 Global Media Award from the Population Institute for his creation of the Global Population Speak Out (now under the auspices of the Population Institute), and a 2007 ECO Award from the Earth Community Organization for the essay, Six steps to "getting" the global ecological crisis.
He began investigating conservation and environmental issues while fighting residential growth in a small town where he and his family lived for two years. His research pointed inevitably to the destructive role played by the growth imperative in modern society. Frustrated that few writers were willing to tackle the subject, he ventured to add his voice to the small ranks of those who do.
Since then his work has led him back ten thousand years and farther into the human past to investigate the origins of the global ecological crisis and to question the wisdom of civilization. He is currently researching "immediate-return" hunting and gathering societies, perhaps the most ecologically benign human lifeway, and the one with by far the longest track record of sustainability.
John grew up in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, then obtained a Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at San Diego where he trained in the scientist-practitioner model. He later spent some years as a professional poker player, writing a highly regarded book on the subject.
Today John lives with his family in the American Southwest where he journeys into the deserts or mountains whenever possible.