Green Festival Speakers

Alfredo Quarto



Quarto, Executive Director and CoFounder of the Mangrove Action Project, is a veteran campaigner with almost 28 years experience working on international environmental and social justice issues. Quartos experiences range over many different countries and several environmental organizations, with a longterm focus on marine ecology, forestry and human rights. Quarto has spoken on mangrove conservation issues at the UN, international fora and workshops, the American Museum of Natural History, universities and colleges, high schools and grade schools, churches and other organizations. Quarto was a 1970 graduate of Purdue University in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, working for Boeing for nearly 4 1/2 years as a jet propulsion systems analyst which he quit to work full time as an activist with Greenpeace (19771984), then Project Director for the Freedom Fund (19841989), and then Executive Director of the Ancient Forest Chautauqua (199091) a multimedia traveling forum with events in 30 West Coast cities on behalf of oldgrowth forests and indigenous dwellers. Quarto was also a freelance photojournalist whose published works on mangrove forest/shrimp aquaculture issues have appeared in Biodiversity Journal, Science Jounal, Cultural Survival Quarterly, EMagazine, Wild Earth, the Earth Island Journal, Dollars and Sense, Tiempo, Bangkok Post, Earth First Journal, Aquaculture Asia, and Shrimp News International, to name a few. Quarto also has a chapter included in a couple of books, including An International Perspective on Wetland Rehabilitation (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999). Although Quarto works at the grassroots level with international organizations and local communities, he also works at the grassroots level at home, where he lives and works with his Chilean wife and 2 children on a small organic farm on the Olympic Peninsula near Port Angeles, Washington.