Brian Tokar has been an activist, author and a critical voice for ecological activism since the 1980s. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Social Ecology and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.
Tokar's most recent book is Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change (2010) and he is co-editor of the new collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal (2010). His other works include the classic book, The Green Alternative (1987, revised 1992), Earth for Sale (1997), and two books on the politics of biotechnology, Redesigning Life? (2001) and Gene Traders (2004).
Tokar is a founding member of the activist network Climate SOS, and his articles on environmental issues and popular movements appear in Z Magazine and Synthesis/Regeneration, and on websites such as Counterpunch, ZNet, and Toward Freedom.
Tokar has lectured throughout the United States, as well as internationally, and is acclaimed as a passionate advocate of grassroots action for ecological sanity and global justice. He received a Project Censored Award for his investigative history of Monsanto Corporation (first published in The Ecologist), and was an organizer of the annual “Biojustice” protests against the biotechnology industry from 2000 - 2007.
Tokar holds concurrent degrees from MIT in biology and physics, and a Masters degree in biophysics from Harvard University.