Chuck Leavell

Growing a Better America

Since the arrival of European settlers in the sixteenth century, America’s population has grown to more than 310 million people and is expected to reach 400 million around the mid-2040s. Her lands have seen the rise of tens of thousands of cities; millions of homes, office buildings, and skyscrapers have been constructed, and rail and Interstate highway systems now sprawl across the country. Over eighty thousand planes fly through her skies every day; her soils have been plowed repeatedly, and she has suffered from dust bowls, erosion, polluted air and water, and declining ecosystems. She is resilient, yet how much more can she take?

In his fourth book, Growing a Better America, common sense environmentalist Chuck Leavell helps us understand how we can repair some of the damage we’ve done and how, in the future, we can balance our need for growth with our need for natural lands, green spaces, clean air and water, and a healthy lifestyle.

A respected and committed environmentalist and co-founder of the popular website, the Mother Nature Network (, Chuck Leavell is a man of many talents and passions. Growing up in Alabama, Chuck became part of the music scene, garnering his own TV show by the age of fourteen and launching his career as one of the most sought-after keyboard players in the world. He has played on many memorable hits, like the classic instrumental “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton’s Unplugged CD, Train’s “Drops of Jupiter,” The Black Crowes’ “She Talks To Angels,” and many more. In 1982, Chuck was asked to join the Rolling Stones, and he still enjoys recording and touring with them. Chuck is also a solo artist in his own right with several CDs to his credit.

When he isn’t on the road, Chuck lives with his wife, the accomplished artist Rose Lane White Leavell, on their award-winning family forest, Charlane Plantation in Middle Georgia, where he implements many of the environmentally friendly ideas found in his most recent book, Growing a Better America.

This author’s appearance has been graciously sponsored by:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Lisa and Mason White