TEDxPortland 2012, Rivers Are Not Supposed to Burn

June 19, 2012 in Economics and Business, Mechanisms for Market-based Conservation

Joe Whitworth (2003 Kinship Fellow) is the president of The Freshwater Trust. He has worked with the conservation of rivers for the past 15 years.In his Ted talk below, Joe talks about how to operationalize environmental markets to restore freshwater ecosystems.

“If we want to have clean water in this country in the long term, we have to radically accelerate the pace and scale of restoration in the near future. To do that we have to fundamentally change how conservation happens.”

Joe Whitworth (2003 Kinship Fellow) is the president of The Freshwater Trust. Informed by his 19+ years of NGO work, Joe has become focused on the next generation of conservation tools that can leverage technology and finance to accelerate the pace and scale of restoring freshwater ecosystems. A patented inventor, he co-chairs the Oregon’s Global Warming Commission Water Subcommittee, Agriculture Water Quality Review Committee, and was founding board chair of the Council for Responsible Sport. He holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark College, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. When not exploring new water, Portland, Oregon, serves as home base for him and his family.