“There are so many issues facing our world-from environmental to personal health-and it is important that each of us pledge to do all in our power to live responsibly and considerably. We have a responsibility to future generations to take care of this planet.”
We were very honored in Georgia last week to host the Waterkeeper Alliance’s national conference at Callaway Gardens. As part of the week’s activities, a fundraising event was held in Atlanta at the beautiful Buckhead home of Vicki and Howard Palefsky. Bobby Kennedy was the guest speaker, and he talked about his work through the years with the Waterkeeper Alliance: past fights, past victories and the challenges we face today. (more…)
I was invited to speak and participate on a panel discussion at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s annual Global Summit which was held in Abu Dhabi this year. The conference had a large focus on bringing more sustainable practices to the Tourism industry. My session was entitled “Meeting the Challenges of Growth”. The panel included actress and activist Daryl Hannah, adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild , BBC reporter Tanya Beckett and myself. (more…)
Did you know that 45% of our planet belongs to no specific nation or group of peoples? This 45% is the high seas, the international waters shared by all the world’s nations. By belonging to no one, they belong to all of us, but who is looking after them? Less than 2% of our planet’s oceans are protected and only 36% fall under national jurisdiction. The Terramar Project is attempting to create the world’s largest protectorate of the high seas. (more…)
I’ve just returned from Rio+20, and what an experience it was! Rio+20, was arguably, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be among so many passionate, progressive and inspiring thinkers! There is so much I have come away with, friends made and dreams to accomplish. I wanted to share part of a recap with you, prepared by the UN Foundation, which gives a short summary of some of the challenges and accomplishments from the event. (more…)
One of the most remarkable effects of my dad’s Captain Planet series has been it’s global reach. The cartoon series was designed to appeal to children of all colors, faiths and experiences. Captain Planet became a hit in the country of Ghana, and today the Ghana Planeteers is one of the most active Planeteer groups in the world. I traveled to Ghana last week to speak to the Rotary Club of Accra Airport as they launch their foundation to raise money for community service projects and to support the Ghana Planeteer movement.
The opening of City of Joy brought a delegation of more than 80 people from around the world to Bukavu, including media to help tell these inspiring women's stories. Photo Credit: Paula Allen for V-Day
According to the United States Census Bureau, each day 361,481 babies are born around the world. This past fall, one of those 361,481 babies bumped the world’s population to 7 billion.
When I was born 50 years ago the world’s population was 2 billion. At the time, my dad, Ted Turner, was shocked that in his 30 years of life the population had grown by 1 billion. A half-century later the disbelief continues with the addition of 5 billion people. (more…)
2011 was a big year with some really important accomplishments, one of the most recent being one of my favorites, the passage of the Clean Air Mercury Rule. With the beginning of the new year I wanted to share some of my predictions for what 2012 holds for the planet. (more…)
This past Wednesday I was a speaker at TEDxWomen. The experience was amazing, humbling and gratifying to say the least. The truth is I was pretty nervous about speaking among this truly accomplished group of people. I knew it was really a special chance to share my passion and speak about a topic which is so important but also difficult. My section was Relationships, and I spoke about the relationship between population growth and resource scarcity, but how empowering women is the first step to solving this global crisis. Each day we are handed new challenges, some small, some large, but it is how we address these that define who we are and how we live our lives. When I walked off stage, I knew I had conquered my fear and that in so doing, I continued to spread a message that is key to the success of future generations.