Kristin Tompkins, president of the Tompkins Conservation, used more than $345 million to purchase millions of acres of land in Chile and Argentina. After restoring the natural landscape and species, she returned it to the locals. In Chile, five million acres of land were given to the government, expanding three existing national parks and creating five new ones. In the country of Argentina, Tompkins transferred her land over to enlarge six national parks under the condition that they are protected for 99 years. "The planet does not belong to us humans," says Tompkins. "If you believe this, it changes everything." She also protected the Huemel deer, the Andean condor, the macaw, the jaguar, and other species. The work of her feats have conserved 14.7 million acres of land and 30 million marine acres.

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