Davis, Joan - from Switzerland

ID: 263601
Organization: TBG
Country of meeting: in the year 2018

Was an outstanding scientist and one of the most impressive personalities in the Swiss and global sustainability movement. For 30 years, between 1970 and 1999, she was a water specialist at EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology). With her background in biochemistry and environmental chemistry, she became involved at the early stages of the environmental movement. She was the co-founder of the Swiss Foundation for (alternative) Energy SES, and a board member of the Schweisfurth Stiftung in Germany (promoting animal welfare).

For many years she served on the Board of the Balaton Group founded by Donella and Dennis Meadows – authors of “The Limits to Growth (link is external)” – with whom she maintained a close friendship. She was a strong supporter of organic agriculture and was closely engaged with IFOAM- Organics International and FiBL. One of her many initiatives included raising awareness of the multiple benefits of organic farming for soil, water, health and climate. This work will continue through the Joan Davis Memorial Fund.


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