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Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard is the founder of Patagonia, Inc. He is the author of Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, and the co-author of Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel and The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned From Patagonia’s First 40 Years.

Articles

View from Bluff, Utah, of Cottonwood Wash which was part of the original Bears Ears National Monument, but is now outside of protection. This area is now a target for energy development. Photo: Josh Ewing

Response to the House Committee on Natural Resources

Dec 19, 2017 December 19, 2017

December 19, 2017 Rob Bishop Chairman U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Chairman Bishop and the House Committee on Natural Resources, I find it disingenuous that after unethically using taxpayers’ resources… Read More

Honoring Hayden

Honoring Hayden

Oct 11, 2017 October 11, 2017

We are so sad to learn of the deaths of Hayden Kennedy and Inge Perkins. Malinda and I knew Hayden all his years. His parents, Michael and Julie Kennedy, are good friends who passed on to their son their love of climbing and skiing, and their ethics. The family also… Read More

Photo: Bruce Kirkby

In Hot Water

Sep 28, 2017 September 28, 2017

I’m not a scientist. But I am a fisherman of more than 70 years, and I’ve seen firsthand that of the myriad threats facing cold-water fish all over the world, global warming is the most dire. Water all over the planet is heating up in response to climate change, and… Read More

Photo: Chuck Pratt

Remembering Royal Robbins 1935–2017

Mar 20, 2017 March 20, 2017

Everyone in the Patagonia family is saddened to hear about the passing of Royal Robbins on March 14, 2017. Some in the company knew him personally, many of us did not. But we are, to this day, greatly inspired by his pioneering spirit and commitment to clean climbing. Read More

Built in 1959, the Idbar Dam cracked soon after its construction. Investors and construction crews had ignored multiple warnings from the locals not to underestimate the force of the Bašćica, a river known to be unpredictable and fast-flowing. Idbar was decommissioned soon after it was constructed, when the river began fracturing the dam, allowing the Bašćica to flow freely again. Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Andrew Burr

Telling the Dam Truth

Apr 9, 2018 April 9, 2018

Europe’s last remaining wild rivers are at grave risk. This time the danger isn’t coming from excessive drought or factories dumping toxic waste—it’s coming from the very hydropower dams that claim to bring us clean, green, renewable energy. The fact is, dams are dirty—and their destructive impact far outweighs their… Read More

Photo: Andrew Burr

Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

Mar 9, 2017 March 9, 2017

American politicians have always been obsessed with running government “like a business.” They promise to make bureaucracies leaner and let the free market fix all our problems. Well, if America’s public lands were a business, shareholders would be shocked by the gross negligence of some of their top executives. Every… Read More

Photo: Michael Hanson

Why Voting is Not a Waste of Time

Sep 12, 2016 September 12, 2016

In the United States, only 60 percent of eligible citizens bothered to vote in the last presidential election. Of those, many voted only for president and left the rest of the ballot blank. #VoteOurPlanet Register to vote, sign up for election reminders, become involved at your local level and share… Read More

Book photo: Tim Davis

Let My People Go Surfing

Sep 8, 2016 September 8, 2016

Ten years after its original publication, Penguin Books has released a completely revised and expanded edition of Yvon Chouinard’s classic memoir, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, with more than 40 percent new material and featuring a new foreword by Naomi Klein, author of… Read More

Photo: Chris Gaggia

Lessons from a Simple Fly

Aug 25, 2016 August 25, 2016

Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear and a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle. The newly revised second edition of our book Simple Fly Fishing,  written by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and fishermen Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo, reveals that… Read More

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