Charlene Spretnak is the author of nine books on cultural history, social criticism (including feminism and Green politics), and religion and spirituality. Since the mid-1980s, her books have examined the multiple crises of modernity and their root causes and have contributed to corrective efforts that are arising. An example is the eco-social vision presented in The Resurgence of the Real (1997). Her book Green Politics 1984) was a major catalyst for the formation of the U.S. Green Party movement, of which she is a cofounder. Her books Lost Goddesses of Early Greece (1978) and the anthology The Politics of Women's Spirituality (1982) were early, formative works in the Women's Spirituality movement. Her book Relational Reality (2011) examines the societal implications of the many recent discoveries in human physiology that reveal that human structure and functioning is much more dynamically interrelated with nature and other people than was imagined in the mechanistic worldview of modernity.
Awards and Recognition
- In 2012 she received the Demeter Award for lifetime achievement as "one of the premier visionary feminist thinkers of our time" from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.
- In 2006 Charlene Spretnak was named by the British government's Environment Department as one of the "100 Eco-Heroes of All Time."