Climate Week — September 21-27th 2015
It was a grueling week for me (I do not really enjoy 8 AM meetings and I had several this past week). On Monday evening, I saw three short films sponsored by the Tzu Chi Foundation, s 50 year old philanthropic worldwide Buddhist Organization (www.tzuchi.us) that were about some of the people impacted by Climate Change.
They were 1) The Disappearing Frontier, about a small Alaska town that is at risk for falling into the sea due to the ice melting. The second firm was called Keep it Grand, about Native Americans fighting a developer to not build a gigantic tourist settlement at the Grand Canyon. Here, the balance between economic growth in this heavily depressed area is juxtaposed against the natural beauty that is worth maintaining in a pristine condition. The final film was called Stung by Climate, that was about the beekeeper’s worldwide concern about the health and survival of their colonies. In a nutshell (or a beehive if you will), due to unpredictable weather bees are dying. This is not only about honey production; it’s about crop pollination, which in turn impacts the supply and cost of food people around the world. Are we heading towards a “pollination disaster?” I sure hope not.
The event was moderated by guest speaker Jason Smerdon, Lamont Associate Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Lamont-Doherty is near where I live in Rockland County and has some of the world’s foremost scientists in the field of climatology.
On Tuesday, I attended a cocktail party hosted by Net Impact, a not-for-profit funded by some of the world’s largest corporations (including several you would not think about being into social impact).
Here is their mandate:
Net Impact Corporate Relationship Policy