Zoë Tryon (born 1 May 1974) is an activist, explorer, speaker and founder of One of the Tribe, an international non-profit dedicated to the protection of indigenous cultures.
Zoë is the daughter of Lord Anthony George Merrick Tryon and Lady Dale Elizabeth Tryon and sister to Charles, Edward and Victoria.
Zoë received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Sydney, studied Business and Marketing at Macleay College in Sydney and International Business at the European Business School in London.
Zoë’s advocacy career began after attending ‘Be the Change’ environmental and sustainability conference in London. She was inspired by the achievements of environmental experts and advocates for change. Zoë began working for activist and advocate Lynne Twist at the Pachamama Alliance, an organization that promotes environmental preservation and empowers indigenous people. Through this work, Zoë was introduced to the president of the Achuar indigenous people and in 2006 Zoë traveled to the Ecuadorean Amazon where she lived with the Achuar to learn about their culture and way of life and taught English to indigenous leaders.
Zoë has continued to live and work in the Ecuadorean Amazon on and off since 2006 and leads guided expeditions to remote areas for filmmakers, activists, and celebrities. Zoë currently serves as an Ambassador for Amazon Watch a leading nonprofit working to protect the rainforest and advance indigenous rights in the Amazon Basin.
She is a spokesperson and Champion for ClearWater and is a Creative Activist with Creative Visions foundation.
Zoë walked 1097 km alone through Spain in 2007 to raise money for the SOS Yasuni and has been a long time campaigner for justice for the people of the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon in the long-standing lawsuit against Chevron.
She accompanied the Kichwa People of Sarayaku v. Ecuador case to the Inter American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica.
In April 2009, she attended the indigenous peoples global summit on climate change in Anchorage, Alaska.
She also attends the UN Permanent forum on indigenous issues annually in NYC.
Many of her photographs have been used by Amazon Watch and indigenous organizations and businesses for publication and she has also produced and created short films/pilots in the jungle.
One of the Tribe
In 2011, Zoë founded the not-for profit, One of the Tribe, which works with indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon to preserve local traditions and culture. Decades of oil extraction and millions of gallons of untreated waste continue to threaten Amazonian ecosystems and the health of the people.
One of the Tribe works with a number of different indigenous groups including Cofan, Achuar and Sarayaku Kichwa (Quichua), Zapara, and is currently supporting the ClearWater project which began in October, 2011, breaking ground in the community of Cofan Dureno and supporting the community-led installation of 52 rainwater catchment systems which if properly maintained can last up to 50 years.
One of the Tribe Journey’s - Guided Expeditions
With the help of indigenous people of the Andes and Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, Zoë leads regular tours to indigenous territories, both to the oil fields and to pristine indigenous held lands. The tours provide sustainable income for the indigenous communities and are ideal for people ‘who want to have a deeper connection with the people and world around them’.
Zoë also guides filmmakers, journalists, photographers, celebrities into the Amazon region. Celebrity guests have included David de Rothchild, Michelle Monaghan, and Daryl Hannah.
Zoë speaks frequently to audiences around the world about her travels to the Amazon and acts as a cultural liaison between indigenous and Western leaders.
Zoë has been featured in numerous prominent publications and radio programs for her work on indigenous rights in the Amazon rainforest. Some of these include features in Tree Hugger, The Daily Telegraph, You Magazine, Women’s Weekly Australia, New Idea – Australia, The Guardian, Resurgence Magazine, Hay House Radio, and VividLife Radio.