Director of International Forests Program
Friends of the Earth
Jeff Conant directs Friends of the Earth’s International Forests Program, which works to halt the destruction of tropical forests and defend the rights of forest-dependent peoples. The program campaigns to reform public policy, drive change in financial markets and big agribusiness, and support frontline partners in Brazil, Indonesia, West Africa and elsewhere to address the economic drivers of land grabbing and tropical forest destruction. Prior to Friends of the Earth, Jeff was Communications Director with Global Justice Ecology Project where he advocated for climate justice at the U.N. and other global arenas. As a consultant with International Accountability Project he co-authored a Community Action Guide to the Asian Development Bank (2013). With Hesperian Health Guides he coordinated and co-authored A Community Guide to Environmental Health (2008), a comprehensive, low-literacy educational resource published in over a dozen languages. Jeff is also author of A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency (AK Press, 2010), and translator of Wind in the Blood: Mayan Healing and Chinese Medicine (North Atlantic Books, 2000).