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Douglas R. Tompkins: On Beauty Opening Reception

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2150 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

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If anything can save the world, I'd put my money on beauty. - Douglas R. Tompkins

The late conservationist Doug Tompkins was inspired by many notable environmentalists, including David Brower; in fact, Doug often quoted Brower in saying that his conservation work was “to pay my rent for living on the planet.” In 2008, the American Alpine Club awarded Doug the David R. Brower Award for his work preserving mountain regions. Additionally, Brower’s pioneering use of large-format photo books in the 1960s – to bolster the Sierra Club’s environmental campaigns – was carried on by Doug through his publishing efforts as part of his Foundation for Deep Ecology.

In March 2017, the Chilean government announced the creation of 11 million acres of new national parks. That historic agreement was the culmination of the late Doug Tompkins’ visionary land conservation work begun in the early 1990s. Creating national parks of that magnitude would have been enough accomplishment for anyone but, in Doug’s case, it followed the founding of The North Face and Esprit companies, legendary first descents of many wild rivers, first ascents of mountains on multiple continents, against-all-odds activist successes, and a life of relentless action.

This fall, the Brower Center is honoring Doug’s life and work with Douglas R. Tompkins: On Beauty, a photography exhibition and accompanying book. The exhibition and book will explore several key themes: how the diversity of life emerges from beauty; how beauty and ecological health are intrinsically linked; and how Doug’s personal narrative intersects with conservation history, especially at this particular moment in humanity as we face a collapsing biosphere.

Please join us for the free public opening on Sunday, September 24 and hear from: Tom Butler, Vice President for Conservation Advocacy for Tompkins Conservation; Sandra Lubarsky, Chair of the Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University; and Antonio Vizcaino, professional nature photographer, editor, and conservationist.


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Douglas R. Tompkins: On Beauty is made possible through the generosity of Mimi & Peter Buckley, JAF Foundation – Anke and Jürgen Friedrich, Hans Schoepflin, Nancy G. Schaub, and the Weeden Foundation.

[Image: Yendegaia National Park, Chile. Antonio Vizcaino/America Natural]

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