We Need Creative Solutions to Solve Environmental Challenges

February 21, 2018 Blog Environment

In reference to a recent New York Times article “With 10 Million Acres in Patagonia, a National Park System Is Born”.

The same old “environmental solutions” are not good enough; and yet when entrepreneurs buck the system and do something interesting, different and bold there are always people doubting and obstructing. Don’t get me wrong. Doubting can be good, even obstructing some times. But make no mistake, leaving things up to the old guard is not good enough.

Here is a classic story. Amazing vision, lots of money, free time and generosity should have been a no brainer. But nope. The super generous couple were accused of creating a Zionist enclave (my favorite, blame the Jews…). They were accused of compromising national security, and of being anti Catholic. In the end, they created millions of acres of open space and preserved ecosystems for generations to come. Some times things need to be shaken up a bit, and entrepreneurs need to be given a chance to participate. Same old same old isn’t always in everyone’s best interest.

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