Nance Klehm with Community Organizer and Author Leila Darwish

Leila Darwish is a community organizer, author, and permaculture designer with a deep commitment to environmental and social justice, and to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water. She has also had the opportunity to support frontline communities dealing with environmental disasters such as oil spills and fracking contamination. She is the author of the book “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes", and is currently finishing a Master’s degree in Disaster Resilience Leadership at Tulane University in New Orleans.

In this interview, Nance and Leila discuss the growing need for and interest in community-based emergency preparedness, the shaky ground of our social institutions and urban infrastructure and the challenges to developing true resilience.