Kristine McDivitt Tompkins

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Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, president of Tompkins Conservation, overlooking land that the organization donated to the Chilean government on Monday. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

We need a new story about the Earth that isn’t just a litany of alarming statistics about crashing wildlife populations, polluted air and water, and climate chaos. We need a story that reminds us that the continuing degradation of landscapes and the seas is not necessarily a one-way street toward irreversible destruction.

On Monday we began to write such a story with the government of Chile. Under the wide skies of the new Patagonia National Park, President Michelle Bachelet and I formalized the largest-ever expansion of a national park system prompted by a donation of private land.

Our organization, Tompkins Conservation, has donated roughly one million acres of privately assembled conservation land to Chile for national parks.…  Seguir leyendo »