Founder of Sustainable Farming & Reforestation non-profit; a "Momentum for Change" winner from UNFCCC: "Women with Results; CNN Hero in 2011
Dr. Anne Hallum was a Political Science professor and chair at Stetson University in Florida for 26 years. In 1993, she founded The Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR or "AIRES" as it is known in Spanish) after an eye-opening student trip to Guatemala. She returned to Guatemala countless times, often with her two daughters; hired an all-Guatemalan staff of professionals; and eventually left her professorship to work as a volunteer US liaison for AIR. She now lives outside of Atlanta, GA when she is not in Guatemala. AIR's Guatemalan team have trained thousands of families; written environmental school curriculum; and planted over 4.5 million trees by hand on steep mountain slopes. These fast-growing trees improve food crops, prevent mudslides, and absorb carbon.