Karl Hansen

karl6Karl grew up in Canada, Saint Lucia and Costa Rica and completed a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Commerce at the University of Toronto. He freelanced as an environmental journalist, researching and reporting from rainforests around the world, and won a scholarship to study at Merton College, Oxford, where he completed graduate degrees in Forestry, Anthropology and Agricultural Economics and wrote for Private Eye magazine.

Karl then worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, writing on emerging ideas in sustainable development and economics. As head of the Institute’s work on forests, he attended UN meetings and World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development hearings and helped the Commission write its final report, Our Forests, Our Future (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

As Director of the Living Rainforest and Trust for Sustainable Living, Karl re-established the organisation as a leading international sustainability education charity and secured major capital grants from funders including the Millennium Commission and European Commission. He spearheaded the establishment of the TSL International Schools Essay Competition and Debate and co-founded and chaired the Eco Attractions Group. Karl sits on the Members Council of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests and serves as Editor of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Sustainability Guide for Zoos and Aquariums.

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