“When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.”

– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


President, EarthSense Foundation
BJF Ambassador

About me

Shannon O’Leary Joy is an environmentalist, ocean advocate and philanthropist. Shannon serves on the Board of Oceans 5, WildAid and on the Executive Committee of Mission Blue / Sylvia Earle Alliance. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Climate Emergency Fund and as Executive Director of the EarthSense Foundation which focuses on the protection of our marine ecosystems, the restoration of our forests and the biodiversity of our planet.

Shannon is also a producer of documentaries, the successful films “Chasing Coral” – ‘’Mission Blue’’ – ‘’Anote’s Ark’’ – ‘’Ghost Fleet’’ – ‘’Fantastic Fungi’’ – “The Last Animals” and “Sharkwater Extinction”. These films have brought attention and action to critical global environmental issues. 

How I relate to the BJF

Shannon supports the Black Jaguar Foundation’s work in Brazil with farmers and indigenous people to restore needed biodiversity, she advocates for the preservation and restoration of the world’s forests. 

In 2019, Shannon co-financed a vital cost-benefit analysis study for Climate which uses reforestation tasks for the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. The study continues with a team of expert scientists in the field of Climate and Green Capital, both in Brazil and the US; this study will give us crucial information on the value of restored biodiversity and the management of our forest systems which will build resilience for our climate crisis.