There are many solid reasons to watch this presentation at last week's Hawaii Conservation Alliance conference, especially including where Ramsey Taum ends up after a marvelous romp through native insights on sustainability.
Taum opens with this quote from Marcel Proust: ""The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Then he adds, "Sustainability acknowledges the systemic relationships between activities and entities that at first glance may not reveal their connectivity." Yeah, try them new 'eyes'!
Taum's presentation is all about the special sustainability challenges in these islands, sitting on the mountaintops of the "Blue Continent".
And, when Taum talks about REAL, he means:
- Responsible, respectful, relevant
- Educational, ethical, "eco"-logical
- Appropriate, accurate, authentic
- Local, livable, long-term
If you think that sounds like the value system driving our sustainability quest, you'd be correct.