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Welcome to the music home base of Craig Donovan and the photographic diary of my travels where my music and environmental writings have taken me and the special people in my life, cultures, places, social causes, and things that inspire me and feed my soul. I am a singer-songwriter, electric and acoustic guitarist, mandolinist, and keyboardist (piano, synthesizer) originally from New York City, who now hails from the Washington, DC area.

One describes my original music as if James Taylor crashed into Weezer, Elvis Costello, or Asian Kung-Fu Generation. An eclectic mix of beautifully crafted engaging harmonies, emotional lyrics, and rhythmic flow with a professional, engaging, and energetic stage presence, prominent guitar arpeggios, hard-edged guitar riffs, and power chords.  

 

The Okinawa Times Interviews Craig Donovan and Publishes His Opinion Piece "Regaining Trust By Environmental Protection" A Call for Revision of the U.S.-Japan SOFA

In March 2022, the Okinawa Times contacted Craig about his recently-published ABA article on U.S. military accountability for PFAS pollution on bases in Okinawa.  The Okinawa Times is one of the major daily newspapers in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The Times interviewed Craig and invited him to write an opinion piece for publication in the newspaper on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Okinawa Prefecture's reversion to Japan from U.S. control. Craig's opinion piece discusses PFAS pollution on U.S. military bases in Okinawa and explores ways the key regulatory component of activities on U.S. bases, the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) could be revised by looking to the U.S. SOFA with Germany and its provisions.  Craig's hope in writing the article was  "by integrating sound environmental stewardship with its obligations to defend Japan, the U.S. could restore the Okinawans' confidence in the U.S.-Japan alliance and provide greater protection of the environment and health of residents and U.S. military personnel living around and serving on these bases." On July 17, 2022, the article and interview were published in the newspaper. The opinion piece in the Okinawa Times  may be viewed in the Photos section of his website.

ABA Int'l Environmental Law Committee Publishes Craig Donovan's New Article on PFAS Contamination from U.S. Military Bases on Japan's Okinawa Main Island

On February 18, 2022, the American Bar Association's (ABA) International Environment and Resources Law Committee announced the publication of  Craig's newest environmental law article entitled, "U.S. Military Accountability for PFAS Contamination on Bases in Okinawa". Craig's article discusses the international environmental issue of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination on Okinawa main island from U.S. military bases. Okinawans and U.S. military personnel face a grave concern that the U.S. military's storage and use of firefighting foam containing PFAS have contaminated Okinawa's drinking water and the environment. 

Meticulously researched and drawing upon several English and Japanese language sources, Craig analyzes this controversial issue from historical, biological, and international law and U.S.-Japan security and environmental treaty perspectives. The article concludes with a discussion of ways to remediate this contamination, revise the U.S-Japan agreements to allow for more transparency and the sharing of information about environmental damage among the U.S.,  Japanese and Okinawan governments, and incorporate other approaches toward improving the relationship between the Okinawans and the U.S military.

Craig's article may be found on the ABA's website at: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/publications/ierl/20220218-us-mlitary-accountability-for-pfas-contamination-on-bases-in-okinawa/ and in the Published Writings and Photos sections of his website. 

 

 

The University of Milan (Italy) Publishes Craig Donovan's Environmental Law Case Note on Third-Party Intervention in Federal Judicial Review Concerning Climate Change

 As an overture to the start of a busy New Year 2022, Craig has received the excellent news that the University of Milan (Italy) has published his new environmental law case note in the prestigious Italian academic law review journal, Rivista di Diritto Processuale Amministrativo Rivista Trimestrale (Decembre 2021).

The case note published on February 10, 2022, in the journal's Observatory on Environmental Jurisprudence (Osservatorio Environmental Jurisprudence) section, discusses third-party intervention in Federal environmental judicial review concerning climate change. Craig's case note analyzes the recent case of State v. Biden in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. This important case concerned constitutional and statutory authority to implement a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public lands and in offshore waters according to a presidential executive order. The Court ruled on the question of whether existing parties in a lawsuit inadequately represented the interest of conservation organizations to permit the organizations to intervene in the case. 

The Rivista di Diritto Processuale Amministrativo is the primary Italian scientific review on administrative procedural law.  The Observatory intends to transversally analyze, once a year, trends in the international environmental case law by focusing on specific issues of procedural law. Several U.S. and European legal academics and environmental law experts are participants in this project. 

One may find Craig's article on his website's published writings and photos section.  

 

 

Boy About Town: Craig Donovan Performing at Charity Concert to Rebuild Neighborhood Coffeehouse Coffee Nature in Downtown DC

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, Craig will be joining a host of local performers volunteering their time and talents to help rebuild Coffee Nature Coffeehouse in DC, which has suffered financially due to the strict lockdown rules due to the pandemic and damage from recent anti-Asian vandalism. This will be Craig's first public performance since the Covid-19 pandemic began in February 2020. The concert will be held outside for the public on Fessenden Street in compliance with the District's social distancing rules. Craig will be performing a set of five original songs including his new song called "Us?" from 12:30-1:00 p.m. 

The Philippines' Online News and Current Affairs Magazine, News Break Picks Up Craig Donovan's Environmental Law Article on Japan's Endangered Iriomote Cat and World Heritage Site Nomination

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