Joy Grant was born in a house with no indoor plumbing in the tiny Central American country of Belize. That was 52 years ago. Last year, she accepted one of the top positions at the U.S.-based Nature Conservancy. For both parties, the marriage is a calculated gamble. Joy, oh, Joy. Photo: Deborah Knight. I spent a morning with Grant recently in Belize City. Her voice has a throaty roughness to it, softened by the Belizean Creole lilt. She founded Programme for Belize, a private nonprofit conservation organization that during her 12-year tenure acquired 300,000 acres of forest land -- 4 …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Deborah Knight is a freelance writer living in San Diego. She writes primarily about environmental topics.
Screwed by climate change: 10 cities that will be hardest hit
Fourth-grade filmmaker sneaks a camera into the cafeteria to document his gross school lunch
Staggering time-lapse footage of the Oklahoma tornado
Antarctica’s “bleeding glacier” is kind of terrifying
House Republican accidentally tells truth about Solyndra investigation