Hans Cole

Hans Cole is the Director of Campaigns and Advocacy for Patagonia, Inc.

Why Should the Public Care About Public Lands?

Debates over how America’s public lands should be managed are as old as the system itself, dating back to the early 1900s when President Teddy Roosevelt pioneered our current system. Disagreements have often centered on the balance between energy or resource development and protecting wild places for recreation and wildlife. At Patagonia, we’ve fought for…

Hans Cole
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Save the Blue Heart of Europe: 23 Rivers, 6 Countries, 390 River Kilometers, 1 Purpose

“Jo diga ne Pocem! Jo diga ne Pocem!” The rallying cry repeated as anti-dam protestors, activists, kayakers and local people from the Vjosa River valley marched through the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, May 20th. Translation: “No dams in Pocem!” This protest, the final event of the 35-day Balkan Rivers Tour, marked the delivery…

Hans Cole
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Statement in Support of SB-788: A Bill to Prevent Future Offshore Drilling in Santa Barbara County

The following remarks (shortened slightly due to time constraints) were delivered on Monday, June 29, 2015, in the California State Legislature. To the members of the California State Legislature present today, thank you for your attention to the health and safety of our coastline and ocean. I’m here in support of Senate Bill-788 the California Coastal Protection…

Hans Cole
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