Derek Eisel: Protecting the environment
Growing up in northern Virginia, Derek Eisel had a front-row seat to a changing world.
He watched forests cut down and bucolic pasture land paved over into suburbs. He was told it was "progress," but he wasn't buying it.
The effect it had on a young Eisel changed the course of his life. He believes watching nature disappear is when the seeds of his environmental activism were planted.
"It bothered me then, and it bothers me now," says Eisel, 36, a Seattle software manager developer.