I am an environmental attorney, nutritionphile, and erstwhile geologist living currently in Atlanta but plotting a move home to the hills of Harlan County, Kentucky.  Or maybe Brasil.

Standing near the main campfire circle at Camp O’ Cumberlands when I was about five, I promised God that I would take care of this beautiful place and its critters.  The camp founder, Mrs. Ball, had placed nature quotations painted in the green and gold Girl Scout colors on wooden signs around the camp with the intention that the quotations would inspire.  Well, Mrs. Ball, you got me.

Since I couldn’t read at the time, I am certain that my mother, who was the camp swimming and water ballet instructor, read them to me.  Significant was a quote that I now can’t find on “the internets” that described how many years and years it took a tree to grow, and how man could cut it down in just a few minutes, forever killing something that had had a life of its own.  So, standing in front of that sign, I had my chat with God.  I can’t say that I am particularly proud of my record so far.  But it ain’t over till it’s over.  And it ain’t over yet.

So that’s what it might be good for you to know about me.

And if you are a compatriot in wanting to protect and preserve the mountains, the water, the air, the planet, and our fellow earthlings, let’s get to work.

9 responses to “About

  1. I love your blog. I see where you are coming from. I have good friends who are involved with
    anti-mountaintop removal via Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. I have been urged to attend their meetings but am afraid my inner Hunter S. Thompson would emerge and start to rant and rave and pontificate on the use of militant tactics thus ruining the Zeitgeist of the movement. I should send a link of your website to my friends. Down with the Yankee Imperialists who destroy mountains!

  2. Hello Mo Brock:
    I was awake late tonight and for some crazy reason put my name into Google and found your blog. I am a 59 yr old woman living in Vancouver, WA. My real name is Maureen, but have been going by MO for about 30 years now. Wonder how many other Mo Brocks are out there in the world. I read some of your blog and you’re a good representative for my name!!! Thanks for the good work you are doing!

  3. Well, hi, Mo Brock!!! Very nice to meet you! My “Mo” comes from my middle name, Morgan. I’ve been Mo to family and close friends since I was a baby. Do you have a blog? I’d love to read yours if you do.

  4. Hi Mo

    All of your friends would have been so proud of you for your presentation at NOAA, arguing against the permit request for 18 Beluga Whales from Georgia Aquarium. My wife and I were quite fortunate to be able to travel down to Washington, DC. from Philly and meet you.

    Paul Anziano, PhD
    Mitochondrial Medicine

    • Thank you very much, Paul, for your kind words and for attending the hearing. It was very nice meeting both of you!! Please stay in touch with both me and this important issue.

  5. Dear Ms. Brock: I am one of your followers on Twitter. I am a self proclaimed animal activist (I respect the non-human inhabitants of the planet). Recently, the community of those like us have all come together against SeaWorld and Taiji. There are many more injustices taking place, of course. I am up here in BC Canada and we have Orcas in our waters (Pacific Northwest). I am writing just to tell you, because I know you love cetaceans, about a young orphan Orca that lived in our waters from 1999 – 2006. Perhaps you heard about him, or knew the news story — his name was Luna. Two films were made about him, one is called ‘Saving Luna’ and the other is called ‘The Whale’. The Whale is available on Amazon and if you haven’t already seen it, I would encourage you to view the true story of Luna’s life. It inspired me and changed me. I think you would love it. Please keep tweeting. I’m with you all the way! Here’s a quote from the maker of the film about Luna, “A life doesn’t have to be human to be great’. Sincerely, Jacqueline Hohmann, Surrey, BC, Canada

    • Thank you, Jacqueline. I haven’t yet seen The Whale. I plan to, but confess that I am hesitant to see a movie that involves humans interacting with whales. I envy those of you in the Northwest who can stand on “our” terrain and see them in “theirs” with no intrusion, no limitation on them, no noise.

      I’m a bit of an abolitionist when it comes to human-whale interactions. Having said that, I recognize that there are some (I really don’t know how many) wild-on-human interactions that I might condone. But I “know” how humans are. They seem unable to control themselves and to understad that loving doesn’t necessarily mean interacting with.

      Thank you for your love for and dedication to the cause of the whales. <3 <3 <3

  6. Looking to email you to seek permission to use an image.

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