Verner Wilson Obituary, Death – We would like to express our deepest condolences to Verner Wilson III’s family and friends on the occasion of his demise. We have experienced a tragic loss in our movement, but we are committed to carrying on Verner’s efforts to amplify the voices of indigenous people and advocate for the protection of our natural resources. After finishing his undergraduate work at Brown University, Verner decided to further his education by earning a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.
This decision was motivated by his deep-seated concern for the natural world. After that, he moved on to work for other environmental advocacy groups such as Friends of the Earth, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Bristol Bay Native Association. Verner worked on regional strategies to adapt to climate change, international shipping issues, co-management of the region’s fisheries and other wildlife, and conservation of the land and waters for future generations while serving as the Director of Natural Resources at the Bristol Bay Native Association.
These were some of the many responsibilities that Verner was responsible for. At Friends of the Earth, where he worked as a Senior Oceans Campaigner, he concentrated on shipping-related marine environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic. These regions include the Arctic Ocean. He devoted a significant portion of his adult life to organizing opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, which is located in his home region. Verner had many passions outside of his employment, including traveling the world, learning about different cultures, and trying to protect the natural world for the benefit of future generations. He had a special soft spot in his heart for manatees and pangolins, in addition to the splendor of nature.