TEDx Talk: “The Many Gods of Planet Earth”
In The Many Gods of Planet Earth, Betsy Gaines Quammen, the founder and president of The Tributary Fund, examines connections between religions, cultures and environmental ethics. In order to further conservation, Gaines Quammen attests, we must understand the beliefs of communities that have a direct impact on threatened wildlife, in order to encourage empathy and bestow responsibility.
Betsy founded The Tributary Fund after visiting the Eg-Uur watershed and Dayan Derkh Monastery ruins in 2002 and falling in love with the rivers, landscapes and people of Mongolia. Betsy has a Master’s of Science from University of Montana in Environmental Studiesand is a PhD candidate at Montana State University in Religion and Environmental History.
The Tributary Fund assists religious, scientific and local leaders to collaborate and manage issues of sustainable community development and wildlife habitat protection. Protection of native species, lands and waters succeeds only when local priorities are understood and cultural cadence guides protection efforts. Each project TTF undertakes joins culture and conservation.