It’s been an incredibly busy and exciting year for our team. We’ve been presenting our work, building relationships and awareness, and in turn listening and learning from everyone we’ve met throughout the United States, Chile, Italy, Switzerland and more!
Most recently, we had a chance to listen and present at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was an astounding experience in a beautiful, cultured and rugged country.
One of the themes from the conference that surprised us was the eagerness with which Arctic ice melt is greeted by many leaders, as they look at the economic opportunities that the melting ice can bring to their citizens: resources, jobs and hope. In contrast, we and most of the people we usually speak with, see Arctic ice melt as a huge and powerful lever on climate change that will further accelerate global temperature rise and severe weather effects.
In thinking about this duality, I realize that, as is the case with all the very hardest questions we humans face, both perspectives are true, and both viewpoints need to be understood in order to move forward. In this case, a balance must be struck between short-term economic gain and long-term preservation and restoration of the planetary balances and stability that we count on for our food, homes, ecosystems and the future of ourselves and our children. It’s similar to the conversations I’ve had (especially with my children as they were growing up) about short-term vs long-term happiness and well-being.
At this conference, our team was somewhat of a lone voice, as our presentation was one of very few focused on climate and ice restoration. We’re thrilled to say tt was very well received, and as a result we’ve made pivotal connections with like-minded organizations, all of which holds exciting potential as we scale.
And did I mention the architecture, scenery and food in Iceland? Wow! The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is an amazingly beautiful building with incredible views of the town and harbor. The food in Iceland includes the freshest and tastiest fish and produce imaginable, perfectly cooked, with a very tempting and delicious cheesecake often on the menu. Yum!
Arctic Circle Assembly Photos: