Dr. Tyson-Lord J. Gray is a Religious Scholar and an Environmental Activist. He earned a B.A. in Religion from Trinity International University, a M.Div. in Theology from Morehouse School of Religion, a S.T.M. in Philosophical Ethics from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics from Vanderbilt University.
A frequent speaker and panelist, Dr. Gray has lectured in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe. He has also worked with the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, West Harlem Environmental Action, Harlem Grown, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of other organizations on environmental advocacy. His research specifically addresses issues of global warming and climate change, the impacts of globalization and neo-liberalism on indigenous populations in the global south, the exploitation of nature and natural resources, and the role of religion in environmental consciousness.
Dr. Gray has served as guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, as an adjunct faculty member at Emmanuel College, and as the 2011 Visiting Professor of Ethics at Seoul Christian University in Seoul, South Korea. He was also a Finger Lakes Environmental Film Fellow in 2009 and was selected as the International Conference on Climate Change Graduate Scholar in 2011.
He has published several articles, namely: “Consider This,” in Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation, where he urges religious communities to respond to the ethical and moral implications of climate change and global warming; “Beauty or Bane: Advancing an Aesthetic Appreciation of Wind Farms,” in the online journal Contemporary Aesthetics, where he critiques the aesthetics of Immanuel Kant and John Dewey in the pursuit of a positive aesthetic valuation of wind turbines; and “Eco-protest Music and the U.S. Environmental Movement,” in Sounds of Resistance, where he discusses the role of music as a catalyst for multicultural activism during the Environmental Movement in the 70’s.
Dr. Gray currently resides in Harlem, New York and frequently travels to speak at schools, churches, and conferences concerning the social and ethical obligation of environmental stewardship. He is Executive Director of Green Community Vision Inc., an organization aimed at increasing environmental consciousness and environmental activism within minority communities. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Pace University; enrolled in the J.D. program at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where he is concentrating in Environmental Law, and in 2015 was named the Minority Fellow in Environmental Law by the New York State Bar Association.