Karl Hansen

karl6Karl grew up in Canada, Saint Lucia and Costa Rica and studied geography, economics and commerce at the University of Toronto. As a freelance journalist, he conducted interviews and reported from rainforests around the world. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Merton College, Oxford, where he completed graduate degrees in forestry, anthropology and agricultural economics while writing for Private Eye magazine.

At the International Institute for Sustainable Development, he helped track new thinking on environment and development issues and led the Institute’s work on global forest sustainability, attending UN meetings and World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development hearings and serving as a lead writer of the Commission’s final report, Our Forests, Our Future, published by Cambridge University Press.

As executive director of the Trust for Sustainable Living, Karl has led the transformation of the Living Rainforest centre into an international sustainability education charity, including securing major funding from the Millennium Commission and European Commission. He founded the annual TSL International Schools Essay Competition and Debate, co-founded the Eco Attractions Group, co-chairs the UNESCO Voices of Future Generations project and sits on the Members Council of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests.

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