Marianne Williamson on Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility and Consciousness

My exclusive interview with Marianne Williamson, American author, lecturer and candidate for president of the United States in 2020.

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It all started for Marianne Williamson in her mid-20’s when she began reading a set of books called A Course in Miracles, a book on how to forgive. She had no idea at the time that her study of The Course, plus writing and speaking about it, would turn into a 35-year career. Since that moment she has been spending her life’s work writing multiple #1 New York Times best sellers, and speaking to small groups and various charitable causes. Today Marianne is running for president and is dedicated to creating a new political possibility in America.

Nathalie Virem: How did you get involved with the Environmental Media Association (EMA) 3rd Annual IMPACT Summit?

Marianne Williamson: I remember when EMA was founded, so when I was invited to speak, I was eager to do so. It certainly expresses values that I share. Anything that opens the conversation. There’s a line in A Course in Miracles where it says an idea grows stronger when it is shared. And here we are sharing important ideas.

Image courtesy of the Nathalie Virem.

Nathalie Virem: What steps are you currently taking in your campaign to impact climate change & renewable energy?

Marianne Williamson: My policy position is stated in my on the “issues” section. The first thing I would do is appoint a world-class environmental scientist and climate crisis activist as the head of The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA would be a magnet for world class environmental scientists and sustainability experts and they would know that they have a president who totally understands that we have 12 years to get this right. In my mind, the debate is over, fossil fuel companies, chemical company executives would simply not be tolerated. This is a national and global emergency. If the president knows that, and the president is empowering people within the EPA and other agencies as well to act accordingly with such things as the green new deal, then we can pull this off in our time.

Nathalie Virem: What would you do as the president to transform the consciousness of the political environment towards healing the living world?

Marianne Williamson: You, yourself, the space that you inhabit within yourself affects the world around you. And people hear you at the level that you speak. A common set of principles on which we stand unifies americans: that all of us are created equal, that all of us have unalienable rights, that governments are instituted to secure those rights. And that this isn’t just about what you can get or what I can get, but about a very serious responsibility that has been given to us, and that we must pass on to our children. The fact that I realize that then impacts everything I stand for, everything I would do as the president. And I think that affects the country, not only in terms of policy, but in terms of the consciousness of people.

Marianne Williamson is working on a campaign that provides Americans the option of choosing another way. In order to have a moral and spiritual awakening in America, we need a conscious leader.

Will we be ready for that?



Marianne Deborah Williamson (born July 8, 1952) is an American author, lecturer, and activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a volunteer food delivery program that serves home-bound people with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. She is also the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a nonprofit grassroots education and advocacy organization supporting peace-building projects.

In 2014, as an Independent, Williamson ran unsuccessfully for the seat of California’s 33rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives elections in California. On January 29, 2019, she announced her campaign to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2020 United States presidential election.


The Environmental Media Association (EMA), a nonprofit 501(c)3, has grown into a diverse subsection of entertainment industry tastemakers, entrepreneurs in finance and technology, and green icons dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental progress. EMA is a movement powered by celebrity role modeling, campaign work, social media messaging, year-round programs, and three large scale annual events: The EMA Awards, EMA Honors Benefit Gala, and EMA IMPACT Summit. EMA’s mission is to provide a unified voice for our planet through entertainment, storytelling and education.

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