Why should Youth get involved? Can Youth make a difference?


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Steven Greenleaf presentation at 2nd T & T Youth Forum on Climate Change, 4th August 2012.

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Why should Youth get involved? Can Youth make a difference?

  1. 1. Caribbean Institute of Sustainability www.cisaction.org info@cisaction.org (868)-355-0323 Steven Greenleaf – Director 731-8001 slgreenleaf@gmail.com
  2. 2. Caribbean Institute of Sustainability- Training and Education Short courses, in house training Sustainability and Environmental Issues Green Building / Renewable Energy Land and Resource Management Sustainable Agriculture- Consulting- Policy development- Capacity building of NGOs and Community groups
  3. 3. Why should Youth get involved? Can Youth make a difference?
  4. 4. Environment is a part of many development issuesEnvironment is a health issue, a childrens issue, a gender issue, a poverty issue, a national security issue, an economic issue, and very definitely a youth issue.
  5. 5. Some of the Big Topics We Face• Population and carrying capacity• Water• Public Health• Energy and Global politics• Biodiversity• Natural Capitalism• Consumption 1 does not equal 6• Climate Change
  6. 6. The global effects of population growth in AfricaWhat is the Earth’s carrying capacity?
  7. 7. Water• Water wars• Scarcity• Climate change connections
  8. 8. Public Health• T&T is a world capital of Lifestyle diseases - Diabetes, hypertension, cancer• Kids - 30 % of new students entering the T&T education system are special needs 6,000 children per year• Autism, ADHD, ADD
  9. 9. Energy and Global Politics• Corporate Supremacy and the cost you pay• The Military Industrial Complex• Deterring Democracy• Terrorism• The Human Cost
  10. 10. • President of the United States (and former General of the Army) Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address to the Nation on January 17, 1961:“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex……. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
  11. 11. The Highway of Death – Kuwait / Iraq
  12. 12. Iranian President MahmoudAhmandinejad inspecting uranium enrichment centrifuges
  13. 13. Biodiversity• Habitat loss, Global fisheries collapsing• Livelihoods at risk• Our genetic inheritance – Medicines• Taxus Brevifolia – Pacific Yew - Taxol
  14. 14. Consumption• Resource scarcity• Oil wars• Water wars?• Current levels of consumption require at least 3 Earths to sustain.• If people in developing nations raise their consumption toward the levels of developed nations the number moves up to 6 earths or more.
  15. 15. Depletion of Natural Capital• The Natural Capital of the Earth sustains our health, and our businesses and provides services like clean air and water that are of enormous economic importance and are not easily substituted.• Ecosystem services and valuation of ecosystem services• Value of natural capital must be included in economic planning and development planning
  16. 16. Climate Change• 99% of the worlds climate scientists and Nobel Laureates agree• It appears that the targets that the Kyoto Protocol set for the maximum tolerable global warming by 2025 may have already been reached in 2010
  17. 17. Richard Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the most prominent Climate Change skeptics now says he has made a "total turnaround.“He has become convinced that "the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct," and that humans are "almost entirely the cause" of that warming. His teams’ analysis indicated that global warming is real — that the average global land temperature has risen by 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.4 degrees Celsius) since 1750, including 1.5 degrees F (0.9 degrees Celsius) in the past 50 years.
  18. 18. A link between Climate Change and Ozone depletion?• In a study led by James G. Anderson of Harvard University and published by the journal Science, scientists reported that some storms send water vapour miles into the stratosphere — which is normally drier than a desert — and showed how such events could rapidly set off ozone-destroying reactions with chemicals that remain in the atmosphere from CFCs, refrigerant gases that are now banned.• The risk of ozone damage, scientists said, could increase if global warming leads to more such storms.
  19. 19. Scared Yet?Environmental issues are often seen as divisive Right now there are opportunities for environmental concerns and business to work together for common benefit Right now there are opportunities for governments and communities and families to work together
  20. 20. • Markets changing• Green procurement and sustainable supply chain requirements are coming• New and different forms of environmental regulation and litigation are coming• The "Green Economy," is not something "Out there," or "Maybe coming one day," it is here now. We can lead, follow, or get out of the way.
  21. 21. Ford, Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, GM, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Nissan,Subaru, AEG, Siemens, TRW, Walmart, HomeDepot, Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Unilever, DowHoneywell, UnitedTechnologies, Boeing, McDonalds, Nestle, Proctor and Gamble, McDonnell Douglas, USDepartment ofDefence, Nike, Puma, Adidas, Microsoft, Adobe, BP, Sony, General Electric
  22. 22. Going Green is helping these companies to:• Reduce the negative environmental impacts of their business, making them better corporate citizens, and improving their corporate image• Gain competitive advantages over competitors• Retain higher percentages of customers• Become more innovative• Better able to partner with other firms globally• Better able to compete for public sector contracts• Be able to access Green finance• Become more resistant to litigation• Be less susceptible to risk from changes in regulations
  23. 23. • Be better able to comply with OSH regulations• Have healthier more productive employees who are easier to retain• Be more resistant to global market upheavals• Deal with reduced uncertainty and risk from changing business climate• Become less dependent on suppliers and fluctuations in the price of material inputs• Become more resistant to challenges from policies driven by Multi-lateral agreements and treaties• Become better poised to adapt to the marketplace of the future While generating higher profits
  24. 24. Efficiency is the answer. The relentless pursuitof efficiency solves the worlds environmentalproblems, and does is at a profit. Efficiency issomething everyone can agree on.
  25. 25. What can you do?
  26. 26. Read the founding works of the Environmental Movement• “Walden,” by Henry David Thoreau• “Silent Spring,” by Rachel Carson• “A Sand County Almanac,” by Aldo Leopold
  27. 27. LeadersTeachers Heroes
  28. 28. LEADERS“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.” John F. Kennedy
  29. 29. LEADERS• A woman once came to Mahatma Gandhi with her little boy. She asked, "Mahatma-ji, tell my little boy to stop eating sugar." "Come back in three days," said Gandhi. In three days the woman and the little boy returned and Mahatma Gandhi said to the little boy, "Stop eating sugar." The woman asked, "Why was it necessary for us to return only after three days for you to tell my little boy that?" The Mahatma replied: "Three days ago I had not stopped eating sugar."
  30. 30. TEACHERS• Alan Miller• Jan Newton “The power of an aroused public is unbeatable.” Dr. Helen Caldicott
  31. 31. HEROES
  32. 32. Julia Butterfly Hill – Lived for 738 days in a redwood tree. Then wrote a best selling book called, “The Legacy of Luna,” and donated the proceeds to charity.
  33. 33. Maria AguindaChevron in Orellana Province Ecuador - $9,500,000,000.00 US lawsuit
  34. 34. What can you do?• Live Green• Build Green• Speak• Write• Recycle• Promote a loving and respectful future• Be Disobedient when appropriate
  35. 35. “Civil Disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience…….Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty.” – Howard Zinn 1922-2010
  36. 36. “Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.”
  37. 37. My Personal Story –Undergraduate depression and Roberto Vargas
  38. 38. Local Wildlife and Landscape by Stephen Broadbridge©
  39. 39. Caribbean Institute of Sustainability
  40. 40. Recommended Reading and SourcesNatural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolutionby Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins©1999 Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and CompanyISBN 978-0-316-35316-8The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainabilityby Paul Hawken©2010 Harper CollinsISBN 978-0-887307041*Note* Be sure to buy the 2010 edition which has significant revisions over the original 1992 edition.Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Thingsby William McDonough and Michael Braungart©2002 North Point PressISBN 978-0-86547-587-8
  41. 41. Caribbean Institute of Sustainability www.cisaction.org info@cisaction.org (868)-355-0323 Steven Greenleaf – Director 731-8001 slgreenleaf@gmail.com