Josh Tickell is an internationally recognized author, film director, speaker and expert on sustainability and the climate. Josh has been a featured guest on Jay Leno’s, The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. He is a regularly featured opinion leader in news stories on CNN, Discovery, Reuters, NBC, Fox and NPR.
In 1997 Tickell captured global attention by driving a van powered by used French Fry oil across the United States. “The Veggie Van,” as it was called, was a viral sensation. Only four years after the first web browser was introduced, Tickell’s Veggie Van Web Site received over 1 million visitors.
By 1998, Tickell had published his first book and was touring colleges. College students enthusiastically embraced Tickell’s philosophy of making the world a better place through disruptive technologies, efficiency and common-sense changes to wasteful practices. Tickell continued his lecture tour de force for a decade – going to over 100 colleges. His journey culminated in 2008 with the release of his first feature film, FUEL.
FUEL won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary, was shortlisted for an Oscar, was screened in the White House and was released theatrically globally. Producing and Directing with his wife Rebecca Harrell Tickell, he followed the movie up with the critically acclaimed, award-winning energy-related films, The Big Fix and PUMP. His 2016 film titled “Good Fortune”, a biopic about legendary entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, owner of Paul Mitchell Hair and Patron Tequila was released to rave reviews, winning “Best of Festival” film at the Sedona Film Festival and was released internationally by Lionsgate.
In 2017, Simon and Schuster published Tickell’s book, Kiss the Ground, How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Ultimately Save the World. The book quickly became an Amazon Bestseller in four categories. Kiss the Ground details Tickell’s decade-long journey around the world to learn how the effects of climate change can be reversed through regenerating the worlds soils. The companion documentary to the book (also entitled Kiss the Ground) which Josh directed with his wife Rebecca is narrated by Woody Harrelson. The Kiss the Ground movie had an Earth Day premiere slot at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie released globally on Netflix to rave reviews by both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and earned a 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.