Pandora Thomas is a permaculture designer whose work is rooted in creating a world where all people have access to empowering and hands on ecological education experiences.
She has lectured extensively around issues diversity and inclusion, women’s and youth leadership, permaculture and sustainability, and education.
She is co-founder of Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work deepens the impacts and expressions of sustainability in the lives of diverse communities. She works on projects ranging from co-directing the Green Life at San Quentin which works with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals to expand their education and leadership around sustainability, to working with Toyota to launch and run their Green Initiative which engages the African American community around the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Both programs aim to work with communities not currently being served by mainstream environmental programs and utilize innovative strategies.
She is also a credentialed multiple subjects teacher, a naturalist and outdoor education instructor, as well as a certified green building professional and permaculture teacher who studied at conventional institutions such as Columbia and Tufts University as well as Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Esalen Institute and The Regenerative Design Institute.
She most recently founded the Black Permaculture Network to engage a broader more diverse audience around integrating permaculture design into social advocacy.
Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a greenbuilding manual for youth.
She has studied and lived in over ten countries and her other achievements include presenting at Tedx Denver and SF, being awarded fellowships to Columbia University Human Rights Program and Green For All’s Green Fellows Program. She is also an avid volunteer who served as a Global Peer to four Nigerian women working to bring safe water technology to their communities with the Global Women’s Water Initiative, and doing strategy and program design for Outdoor Afro, an organization whose mission is to connect black people to nature.
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