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Kristine Tompkins – the environmentalist buying back the earth

The philanthropist talks about her battle to protect the wilds of Chile and Argentina Sometime in the southern hemisphere summer of 1990, Kristine McDivitt, then CEO of the Californian outdoor-apparel company Patagonia, took “a bunch of new executives” to Argentina to show them the terrain its clothing was designed to weather. It was a chance to “imbue them with the company’s ethos and spirit”. There, in the middle of nowhere, she ran into Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the rival outdoor-gear…
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