Michael Wright, former director of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, shares a snapshot of his 35-years of experience in land conservation. In developing countries, how does conservation affect the poor and subsistence populations in areas targeted for parks? How can we better negotiate international conservation projects so that the projects balance competing interests? Michael has spent his career working on this issue and shares a few ideas.
Don't let his modesty fool you. Michael Wright takes his relay races seriously! Michael shares his view about operating "along the edges" of the environmental movement. In nature, ecologists know that this is the zone where the greatest biological diversity exists. A lawyer by education, Michael is extremely agile at maneuvering among the complexities found in this zone. His 35-year career illustrates his special ability in advancing international conservation and poverty alleviation.
How did a quiet young woman from Kansas City end up participating in a global movement to ensure that women had ownership over their production and reproduction, and how did she help to assemble and lead an institution to accomplish this?
In 1957, Michaela followed her dreams to New York City where she was employed in the male dominated world of finance at Merrill Lynch. This was the first step in her awareness that women did not have the same access to money as men did. Michaela tells the story about the origin of Women's World Banking, a global institution that has granted micro loans to women in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America. This institution has improved the lives of women, their communities, and families throughout the world.
Watch this eye-opener about the proliferation of dams worldwide and the threats they pose to fresh water ecosystems. Greg Thomas talks about his experience with dams in China and worldwide, and what can be done to protect the downstream freshwater resources.
Dr. Greg Thomas loves his work and cannot imagine doing anything else. Beginning his career as a trial lawyer, he found that he would rather be working in the environmental field and became a staff attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). His years of work as senior staff attorney for NRDC's international program eventually led him to found The Natural Heritage Institute (NHI), a non-governmental organization that provides technical assistance to countries to guide them toward sustainable management of their natural resources.