Environmentalist Randall Tolpinrud discusses his decades-long adventure into the inner workings of Costa Rica’s innovative conservation efforts—an example that the world is beginning to follow. It’s an inspiring success story about learning to protect and promote the ecological health and wellbeing of the natural world, using new principles that lead ultimately to peace with nature and with ourselves.
Mr. Tolpinrud is president of the Pax Natura Foundation, whose honorary chairs are Dame Jane Goodall and Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias Sánchez, former president of Costa Rica; past honorary trustees include Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and José Ramos-Horta, former president of East Timor.
The principal author of the Pax Natura Declaration and Charter, Mr. Tolpinrud has participated and spoken at numerous environment conferences in the United State, Europe, and Central America. He, along with other Pax Natura trustees, represented Costa Rican forest conservation programs at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), within the Conference of the Parties (COP), and at Carbon Market Conferences throughout the world. He is also a trustee of Round River Conservation Studies.
Randall Tolpinrud discusses his decades-long adventure into the inner workings of Costa Rica’s innovative conservation efforts—an example that the world is beginning to follow.
In the early 1990s Mr. Tolpinrud was involved in the early stages of the sustainable development movement and was the author of a popular book on the principles of green building. As a broker and instructor in sustainable development with the Utah Department of Commerce, he partnered with Utah State University to build the most energy efficient and healthy demonstration home of its time at the University’s Botanical Center.
Mr. Tolpinrud received a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Utah and has also served as a director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate program at the University of Utah College of Humanities.
Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Senior Teacher of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Mr. Tolpinrud on March 20, 2022.
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