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#Yvon Chouinard

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Introducing “$20 Million & Change” and Patagonia Works – A Holding Company for the Environment

By Yvon Chouinard   |   May 15, 2013 May 15, 2013

Update: In 2013, we launched $20 Million & Change, an internal investment fund to help like-minded, responsible start-up companies that use business to address environmental problems. After investing well over $20 million, the fund was renamed Tin Shed Ventures, honoring the tin shed in which Yvon Chouinard started Patagonia. Please… Read More

[Yvon Chouinard holds forth at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Photo: Anthony Clark.]

Thinking Like a Mountain Climber

By Charissa Rujanavech   |   Dec 3, 2012 December 3, 2012

Yvon Chouinard first came onto my radar in 1999. I was a young lass from the Midwest, transplanted for the summer in southern Utah and awestruck by the dramatic landscapes of the West. Having never traveled beyond the forests of Missouri, I was eager to explore these… Read More

I Voted the Environment

I Voted the Environment

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Nov 7, 2012 November 7, 2012

Now that the election is over, our work continues. I support the front-line activists, the river keepers and tree sitters who work to save a single patch of land or stretch of water. Today in the United States, small groups of kayakers and fishermen work tirelessly to bring down dams;… Read More

[Above: Executive Producer of DamNation and Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, has long been an advocate of dam busting and protecting free flowing rivers. Photo: Tim Davis.]

America: the DamNation

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Oct 30, 2012 October 30, 2012

Despite their imposing numbers and size, most people never give dams a second thought. Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard is not one of those people. When he sees dams, he sees broken waterways, an antiquated way of thinking and a means of generating energy… Read More

A Word …

A Word …

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Feb 15, 2012 February 15, 2012

The siege tactic used on Cerro Torre’s Compressor Route is perhaps the most egregious example of alpinism’s egoistic “manifest destiny” philosophy, one that calls for conquering the mountain by any means, then leaving in place the pitons, bolts, ropes and cables. This debases a route, leaving it… Read More

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