Values

The work I do, alongside the Tompkins Conservation team and with our partners, is driven by a deep love for wild nature and my abiding belief that it is possible that human and non-human societies can live in balance with one another. The time for tepid reforms is long over. If you can’t see that the world is on fire, you aren’t paying attention.
Here’s what I believe:

  • The global loss of species, described by scientists as the Sixth Great Extinction event in Earth history, is a crime against life’s diversity.
  • Fundamental, systemic change is necessary—and a profound shrinking of the human “bootprint” on the ecosphere is overdue.
  • Flourishing human communities, one of our great hopes, in the long run, can only exist if Earth’s living systems are whole and healthy.
  • Industrial agriculture, industrial forestry, industrial fishing—any resource extraction activity that turns nature’s bounty into mere “commodities” for maximum exploitation and profit needs to be phased out fast.
  • The climate chaos we see around the globe isn’t just an unintended side effect of bad energy policy (although it is that, too) but the result of too many people using too much stuff, destroying too much intact habitat (which naturally stores carbon), and causing too much greenhouse gas pollution.
  • Everyone who cares about a livable future, for people and all our fellow Earthlings, has the responsibility to do something to resist the forces destroying nature.

After more than two decades working to create parks, restore wildlife, operate organic farms, and be an activist against nature-destroying projects, I believe that the conservation movement globally must grow more radical and much larger to be politically effective.

June 8, 2017

Lord Man

John Muir, the great conservationist and early national park advocate, believed that humans were part of the great tapestry of life, not its rulers. He once […]
April 22, 2017

MARCH 15th, 2017, was a big day for Tompkins Conservation

Twenty-five years ago, when my husband, Douglas, bought the first property that would eventually help to make up what is today Pumalín Park, he had an […]
March 2, 2017

The Reading Corner

Over the years Doug and I have been asked to recommend key books many times.  Often this request is tied to the desire to understand whose […]
February 14, 2017

Argentina and the U.S.: Contrasts in Leadership

Last month President Maurico Macri of Argentina convened several conservation philanthropists who have contributed to creating new parklands in Argentina, along with various key officials of […]
December 15, 2016

Life After Life

With Doug’s sudden death one year ago, I see even more clearly that his exceptional ability to think on a grand scale, combined with a strategic […]
November 3, 2016

Iberá Rock Stars Series – “The Giant Anteaters”

Sometimes called “the Argentine Pantanal,” Iberá is one of the planet’s great freshwater wetlands, covering more than 3.2 million acres of grasslands and marsh in Corrientes […]