Former Vice President for Conservation Advocacy
A conservationist and writer, Tom Butler is the author, editor, or coeditor of more than a dozen books including Wildlands Philanthropy, Plundering Appalachia, Protecting the Wild, and Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. His book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (“OVER” for short), is a photo-format volume depicting how human numbers and behavior are transforming the Earth.
He is a former editor of the journal Wild Earth, past president of Northeast Wilderness Trust (newildernesstrust.org), and recently stepped down as vice president for conservation advocacy for Tompkins Conservation (tompkinsconservation.org). Butler co-curated the 2017 exhibit, “Douglas R. Tompkins: On Beauty” at the David Brower Center in Berkeley and coauthored the companion book On Beauty: Douglas R. Tompkins—Aesthetics and Activism, about the way that beauty was an animating force in the life and work of Doug Tompkins, cofounder of Tompkins Conservation.