Doug Tompkins, the American businessman-turned-conservationist, who died aged 72 after a kayaking accident in Chile last December, was a deep-ecology visionary who, after building a flourishing commercial career, devoted his wealth to wilderness conservation and other environmental causes.

In an interview with Resurgence (Issue 246) in 2008, he described his change in direction as a consequence of becoming “more aware of the immensity and the implications of the eco-social crisis. It was a process of personal maturity and evolution of thinking born of scholarship and activism, ...


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