Mill Valley, CA 94941
United States of America
James creates conservation markets for freshwater and marine life. He wrote the award-winning “Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought,” and co-authored with Amanda Leland the forthcoming “Sea Change: How Rights-Based Fishermen Are Irreversibly Restoring Life Offshore – and On.” James studied at Yale and Oxford, and taught at Wesleyan and Whitman colleges, but his real education came from blowing up dams, releasing wolves, restoring wildland fires, guiding safaris, smuggling water to dissidents, breaking down in Africa’s Kalahari Desert, and becoming a dad. An investigative journalist, he served as White House appointee to U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, later joining the World Commission on Dams under Nelson Mandela. In San Francisco, he consults for the Environmental Defense Fund, edits the International Water Association’s magazine, The Source, and is founder of AquaShares Inc, the world’s first online water savings market.