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Tribute: In memory of Edwin Barry

Tribute: In memory of Edwin Barry

We reprint here an eulogy of Ed Barry from the US-based Population Institute, on the occasion of his passing, and express our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Edwin Barry, 1945 – 2016. (Photo credit: Population Institute)
Edwin Barry, 1945 – 2016

The Population Institute honours the passing — and celebrates the life — of a dear colleague, Edwin Barry, who passed away this past weekend after an extended illness.

Ed, who received the Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award last year, worked for the Population Institute for six years (2009-2015) and was the founder and director of its Sustainable World Initiative (SWI). He brought tremendous energy and vision to everything he did.

As Director of SWI, he became an internationally-recognized leader on sustainability, and worked tirelessly to educate the international community about the true dimensions of the global sustainability challenge and what will be required to meet it.

He was active in the UN processes leading up to the Rio +20 Summit on Sustainable Development that was held in Rio De Janeiro in June of 2012, and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN’s General Assembly in 2015.

Building upon his earlier work as Chief Operating Officer for the Global Footprint Network, Ed was also the designer and creator of the Sustainable Living Planner, an interactive, educational tool that allows policymakers, students and the general public to understand the concept of sustainability and the metrics for measuring it in over 150 countries.

He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.

In memory of Edwin Barry, 1945 – 2016. (Photo credit: Population Institute)

Contributions in memory of Edwin Barry and his work on sustainability can be sent to the Population Institute. All contributions received will go to support the Edwin Barry Fellowship Fund, which was established last year. Edwin Barry Fellows support the work of the Sustainable World Initiative, which was founded and directed by Ed.

Cheques can be written to “Population Institute” — with a notation indicating that it is for the Edwin Barry Fellowship Fund — and sent to: The Edwin Barry Fellowship Fund, Population Institute, 107 2nd Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.

NOTE: The Population Institute is a (501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to the Population Institute are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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