Conservation

Joseph Darville named Save The Bays Chairman

Respected educator, co-chairman of the Bahamas National Drug Council and well-known environmental and human rights advocate Joseph Darville, M.A., has been named chairman of Save The Bays, the fast-growing grass roots environmental movement with more than 18,000 Facebook friends and followers.

Mr. Darville, a native of Long Island and resident of Freeport, Grand Bahama, takes the helm from Fred Smith, QC.

“This is a critical time for safeguarding our environment which is coming under increasing pressure and I can think of no one better positioned to lead the charge of protection and preservation than Joe Darville,” said Mr. Smith. “I have worked with Joe for more than 30 years on sensitive human rights and environmental issues and I never cease to marvel at the progress he makes in his own politically neutral, dedicated way, packed with purpose and passion.”

Mr. Darville will head a distinguished board of directors that includes leaders in the environmental movement internationally as well as locally including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance.

“We welcome Joe to the chairmanship of Save The Bays at this critical juncture, helping to raise awareness about how fragile our nation’s resources are,” said Save The Bays CEO Vanessa Benjamin. “Joe will help guide us through a labyrinth of issues that we are working on in court and in the court of public opinion — Crown Land, unregulated development, pollution in Clifton Bay and protection of coral reefs among them.”

Save The Bays, launched less than three years ago, has helped lead the siren call and growing demand for an effective Freedom of Information act. Hundreds, including journalists and members of other civic minded groups and Save The Bays community partners, are part of the growing movement demanding the right to information and the government has recently stepped up the pace of draft legislation for review. Save The Bays has said from its start that transparency is the very root and foundation of democracy.

“We would like to thank Fred Smith who has done an incredible job bringing these issues to the public’s attention during his term as chairman,” said Ms. Benjamin. “Fred is actively engaged in complex legal battles to resolve these issues so we are even that much more appreciative of his attention to the need to make everyone realize that environmental protection is not something you leave to scientists and marine biologists. It affects all of us and we all must care. Fred has helped make us care even more.”

Mr. Darville called the appointment “one of the greatest honours and one of the most important tasks of my life.” Having recently completed intensive training along with the CEO Benjamin under Al Gore to become a Climate Change Reality Leader, Darville is expected to place more emphasis on climate change.

A former teacher at St. Augustine’s College and Queen’s College in Nassau, he spent eight years as Director of Workforce Development at the Grand Bahama Shipyard following his retirement from education. He has held many offices, including Past Vice-President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers, founding member and Past President of the Bahamas Counselors Association, Past President of the Grand Bahama Mental Health Association, Past Vice President of the Caribbean Federation of Mental Health, Founding member and Chairman of Operation Hope, [volunteer drug prevention, education & rehabilitation program], Co-Chairman of the Bahamas National Drug Council, Founding member and Past -President of Grand Bahama Human Rights Association; presently vice-president, Founding member of the Caribbean Human Rights Network, Administrative Vice-President of the Freeport YMCA for past nine years.

He is an Advanced Master/Teacher in Reiki training, a natural energy healing method, as well as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He has received numerous awards for outstanding service and achievement in teaching, communication and citizenship, including the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Silver Jubilee Award for Outstanding Contribution to National (Community) Development. He is married with two children.

www.savethebays.bs

Louis Bacon: Conservationist for Life

Louis Bacon is a conservation philanthropist who has spent more than two decades leading efforts to protect natural resources in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Bacon is the Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc. (“MCF”) and its affiliate foundations across North America, spanning southern Colorado, eastern North Carolina, the Bahamas, Panama and Long Island, New York. Mr. Bacon founded The Moore Charitable Foundation in 1992. MCF supports conservation nonprofits and community programs that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies across the world. The foundation works with conservation experts and leaders and has provided significant funding to more than 200 local, national and international environmental organizations.

In 1999, Mr. Bacon was instrumental in founding the Waterkeeper Alliance, the umbrella organization for hundreds of local environmental groups across the world advocating for the defense of clean water, energy, and farms.

Mr. Bacon has protected 210,000 acres of land from development in perpetuity across the country. From Mr. Bacon’s first donation of a conservation easement on Robins Island in the Great Peconic Bay in 1997, which protects the island as a haven for endangered shorebirds, to his agreement in 2012 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to place approximately 167,000 acres of the Trinchera Blanca Ranch in Colorado under perpetual conservation easements, to his work to protect the Everglades, Mr. Bacon’s conservation philanthropy has spanned the width of the country and served to defend vital parts of environment.

Mr. Bacon’s conservation easement donation of the Trinchera Blanca Ranch in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains marks the largest such donation received by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was also a critical step in the establishment of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area as the nation’s 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Combined with additional donations from Mr. Bacon of conservation easements on Tercio and Red River Ranches, it helps form a landscape-scale conservation effort of 800,000 acres of protected lands stretching from Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado to northern New Mexico.

Mr. Bacon is the lead investor in The Forestland Group, LLC, (TFG), a timberland investment management organization that acquires naturally regenerating hardwood and pine forests and manages them on a sustainable basis. In 1999, TFG helped finance one of the largest conservation transactions ever when it acquired approximately 110,000 acres in the Adirondack State Park forestlands.

Mr. Bacon has received several honors for his commitment to conservation. In 1998, The Nature Conservancy Long Island named him a “Conservationist for Life” and Group for the East End honored The Moore Charitable Foundation with their “Outstanding Commitment to Open Space Protection” award. Mr. Bacon was the 2001 recipient of Riverkeeper’s Environmental Leadership Award and the 2010 recipient of Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ Ranch Conservationist of the Year award. In 2013, Mr. Bacon received the prestigious Audubon Medal, The Peconic Land Trusts’ Annual Conservation Legacy Award and the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In April 2014, the land trust community of North Carolina named him the Stanback Volunteer Conservationist of the Year. In addition, Mr. Bacon received the prestigious Land Trust Alliance President’s Award from 1,700 land trusts and the land conservation community for his continued leadership.

Mr. Bacon is also the founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and principal investment manager of Moore Capital Management, LP (“Moore Capital”). Moore Capital, founded in March 1989, is a private investment management firm that invests in the global financial markets and private equity markets headquartered in New York, with additional offices in London and Hong Kong. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Bacon earned an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature from Middlebury College.

Mr. Bacon serves on the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College and the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School. Mr. Bacon is also a member of the Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a member of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Association and serves on the Leadership Council of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

http://www.moorecharitable.org/about-us/louis-bacon