Sometimes it's really hard trying to make a difference in the world. Sometimes I wonder why I try so hard. Sometimes it's frustrating when you can see the problem, you can see the solution, you have the tools, resources and humans to help fix it but those who you want to assist don't want to be assisted. Sometimes I feel like giving up. I am not a paid staff at any non profit. Never have been. Everything I do, comes from the heart and most of the time COSTS ME $$$$. I don't pay myself a salary either when it comes to the sustainability/conservation advocacy I do. The first time I spoke at a conservation forum was in 1996 and I have videos of me speaking about the planet way back in 1995 on MTV. It's been a long long road and this year from about March after launching the Global Environment Outlook at the United Nations Environment Assembly, then reading The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallis Wells I have been questioning. Have I made a difference? Am I wasting my time? How do I measure my value? I give talks around the world, get off stage and go home.. there is no feedback or metrics for that kind of thing and in all honesty, the planet has not gotten any better, is only gotten much worse. I have always been an optimist, which is why I have been at this for so long.. I know I won't give up but, I just needed to share that sometimes it's a frustrating path to walk. #truth#sustainability#conservation#onehumanity#oneplanet
We had a wonderful 4 years at the Green School in Bali. Both my husband and I served on the board at different times and have seen the school go through its up and down cycles.
The Green School community, former teachers and students have been so incredibly inspiring!
I have been feeling the need to share that I am no longer aligned with the school as it has already been a couple of years since I stepped down from the board. Our my middle son is still there as he has only one year remaining and will graduate next year. The reason for sharing is that there are still many people who reach out to me about the school so I figured this is the easiest way to convey. I wish the school nothing but the best!
So when I was at the World Economic Forum in China there were a couple of talks that I didn't want to miss. One of them was called something like " The Secret Life of Whales" by Nick Pyenson. I sat in the audience and was so drawn in by what Nick was sharing. I was also wishing that I was either a scientist or an explorer. Then, on the morning that I was leaving someone called out my name at the airport and came over to thank me for all I said on one of my panels, he praised me so much just when I was questioning if I had brought any value not only to the forum but also in any of the work that I do. In turn, Nick also shared that as a young scientist he was questioning what value he could have brought to a business Forum. We had a quick 20 min chat while waiting to catch our respective flights and I'm pretty sure we both felt a lot better for having made that connection. This afternoon I was just sharing this story in my women's group and then I came home to find Nicks book in a FedEx bag on my kitchen counter! We ALL count. Even when we feel we might be too small to make a difference. It's time to come together in support for all those working hard to make a difference. Let's not work in silos. Collaboration is the only way forward! Thanks for the book and the catch up @pyensonlab !!! Can't wait to dig in! :) #whales#science#onehumanity#oneplanet#biodiversity#wef
Let there be darkness. Let there be shadows. Let there be light. Know that all exist and serve their purpose and that there would not be one without the other. Breathe into this moment and know that all that is , is exactly as it should be. The ones most broken have the potential to be the ones with the most to give back. #evolve#grow#forgive#breathe#love#karma#gratitude#dharma#nepal#light
Four Panels over two days at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, World Economic Forum! PHEW!! That was a record and I must say one of the best conferences I've ever attended! Now it's time for action! #amnc19#wef#summerdavos
So hard to leave this baby girl.. It always tugs at my heart strings. Tonight she asked me " mama are you going to do something important?" I explained where I was heading and what I was going to be speaking about and that seemed to make my journey more acceptable. #raisingwisekids#workingmum#love#lilchick