Ecologist, Environment and Public Health
STUART M. LEIDERMAN has more than forty years’ experience as teacher, researcher, writer, organizer and consultant in the fields of ecology, environment, public health, water, sanitation, community development, international and humanitarian affairs. He is a pioneer in recognizing, explaining and addressing the plight of environmental refugees and the need to restore damaged homelands. Beginning in the 1970’s in the United States and then also overseas from the early 1990’s, he has assisted and advised organizations and individuals affected and alarmed by the frequency and magnitude of environmental uprooting and the lack of effective response. He sees environmental refugees both as victims of a distinct kind of persecution and also as “bio-indicators” of environmental emergencies [“Outcasts from Eden” by Nolan Fell, New Scientist, 31 August 1996].