Michelle Gardner-Quinn: A Reverence For All Life


For a college class assignment, Michelle Gardner-Quinn wrote a This I Believe essay about her love for the environment and reverence for life. Two days after turning in her essay, she was murdered.

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Michelle Gardner-Quinn wrote this essay for her environmental studies class at the University of Vermont. Two days after completing her assignment in October 2006, she was abducted and murdered. Michelle’s Earth Foundation was created in her honor.¶ ¶ Cecilia Danks is Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Vermont, where she specializes in forest stewardship. She assigned her students to write a This I Believe essay to help them focus their own commitment to the environment.