Went to a talk by Injer Andersen, Director General of the International Union of Conservation for Nature. She emphasized the environmental challenges which will face us in the company challenge and pointed out we are at a tipping point. For the first time, the human race can make the earth unlivable. She pointed out the decisions we make today will determine the quality of life of our children.
She pointed out that for the first time, the nations of the earth have come together to address the global problems posed by climate change. She pointed out the contribution of NGOs and of businesses to addressing environmental problems. Technology gives us tools to address local environmental problems and to work together globally to provide support for global initiatives.
The lecture series is sponsored by Hawaii Pacific University and one of their environmental science majors asked how he can create a career that will make a difference. Ms Andersen respond to find a job with a company that is working in an environmentally sustainable way. Personally, I think he needs more freedom that working for someone else’s dreams. He needs to develop a business that works with the environmental issues we face.
For instance the World Conservation Conference is coming to Hawaii next fall. We are working to bring a group of young journalists to Hawaii. We will teach them to use modern digital video to document the conference. We will then put our videos up on the internet so people who cannot attend can benefit from the Conference lectures and workshops. When these journalists return home, the will take their new gained knowledge with them and will be able to document the environmental work going on at home. The solutions to our environmental and social justice problems lie in being able to work locally, and being able to gain support for our work through global collaboration.