What is the business case for conservation? Just a few years ago, I don't think many people in either the business or conservation communities would have thought to even pose that question. But times are changing.
As we watch the world debate how best to address climate change, and as carbon emissions continue to soar, at least one climate strategy strikes me as a "no-brainer." We should do everything we can to save the world's forests.
In the recent past, sugarcane growers and conservationists may have seemed unlikely allies. Today, however, some of Latin America's leading agricultural businesses understand that improving sustainability has a positive impact on their bottom line.
Enter eCatch, a new app developed by The Nature Conservancy and fishermen that lets them load their catch data at sea and have real time access to the latest information on where the fish are -- the ones they want to catch and the ones they need to avoid.
As federal budget deadlines loom, I hope that Congress recognizes the immense value of programs that sustain our country's irreplaceable natural resources. Healthy natural systems are the foundation for a healthy economy.
Where others saw Mexican peasant farmers struggling with poor harvests and diseased crops -- not an attractive business opportunity -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug saw not problems, but potential.
Planet Earth is the only home we have ever known, and it's likely to remain that way for a very, very long time. It's an inaccessible universe and we, your ancestors, have poked some big holes in this shared life raft. It's deflating fast!
Water is the thread that runs through all of the world's biggest challenges: food security, health issues, fair access to energy, truly sustainable economic growth, education and of course, the welfare of women and children.
Given that most East Coasters live just a couple of hours' drive from great national parks and the Atlantic coast, this paucity of nature in our children's lives is hard to understand and harder still to accept.
I am more convinced than ever that in faraway places, for conservation to work, the people closest to the land must have a voice. Without their voice all we can hope for is a park, while with it we have a place.
The only constant is the river, the only direction is down. Without this compass, each vista looks alike, and I am adrift in a featureless terrain. Now, on our eighth day out, it is as if I am seeing the barren lands for the first time.