Green Festival Speakers

Riki Ott



Riki Ott, PhD is a marine toxicologist and commercial fisherma'm who was one of the first people on the scene during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, when millions of gallons of crude oil were discharged in the single most devastating environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. For 20 years, she has been the voice and face of efforts for justice.

Ott is also the central character of the awardwinning film BLACK WAVE: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez. The lawsuit tells the tale of the battle between commercial fisherpersons against the largest corporation in the world (ExxonMobil). The struggle is ongoing, and Ott continues to be a key player in that story.

Based on her experiences Ott founded Ultimate Civics (www.ultimatecivics.org) and is touring the country calling for an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to strip corporations of the ability to claim to be persons under the law.