An award-winning journalist and author of the book on green burial Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, Mark Harris is a former environmental columnist with the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Reader's Digest, E: The Environmental Magazine, and Vegetarian Times as well as in several anthologies. He has long been an active member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and he is a former board member of the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation.
Grave Matters drew a starred review from Booklist, and Publishers Weekly compares it to Jessica Mitford’s classic The American Way of Death. Bill McKibben praises it as “a practical, helpful book on a subject you've almost certainly given too little thought to.” Harris has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well on ABC, CNN’s American Morning, MSNBC, and numerous other broadcast media. His insights into green burial have been featured in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, and People magazine.
A natural storyteller, Harris shares his personal search for practical green burial alternatives that return a loved one’s remains to the earth as directly and simply as possible. He speaks about the environmental impacts created by embalming, mercury pollution, and cremations, about the evolving roles of funeral homes and cemeteries, and about the emotional and practical benefits of creative environmentally friendly alternatives.
Speaking testimonials, several radio programs, including an NPR Fresh Air interview, and information about his book are available here. To discuss Mark Harris as a possible speaker, please call 408-865-0888, or send us an email message here.
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