Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

BREDL Member Writes Book

Betty Tesh, a BREDL member and former secretary to the BREDL Board of Directors, has written a new novel, Raising Sand. Environmentalists and those who have worked or are currently involved in a grassroots environmental movement will find many similarities to their own experiences as the protagonist, newly-retired Kate Porter, returns to her childhood home in Eastern North Carolina to take over chief care-giver duties for both her aging mother and Aunt Beam, only to find these two senior citizens busy organizing their neighbors in protest against the proposed siting of a "mega-dump" in their community.

Although the book is fiction, Ms. Tesh has drawn heavily on her own experiences as a member of Northampton Citizens Against Pollution and her years of working with grassroots organizations as they deal with dirty industries, stonewalling elected officials, sluggish government protective agencies, and public apathy to the danger of environmental contamination. Despite the seriousness of the topic, the author has managed to keep the book light-hearted and positive, portraying ordinary citizens as the real heroes in the environmental protection battle, and offering encouragement to those who feel as if "the big guys" will always come out on top.

For more information, contact Betty Tesh by e-mail at , by telephone at (336) 366-2980, by mail at Rivendell Enterprises PO Box 39 State Road, NC 28676, or at her website

A portion of the proceeds will go to BREDL.