The fourth week of the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability’s virtual conference series featured inaugural cohort members of the Obama Foundation Leader’s Asia-Pacific Program to inspire change for a healthier planet and sustainable future.
The four speakers — who hail from the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and other places around the world — shared their thoughts about the importance of youth involvement in political decisions, food security, and more.
The second part of the segment featured Dr. Maya Soetoro, the co-founder of the Institute for Climate and Peace in Hawaii and the sister of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
Soetoro discussed the importance of island wisdom and the community in working towards a better future.
“We need more than ever, peace. We need communities to be able to navigate these challenges and changes together. We strive to bring climate and peace together so that there can be learning both from processes and the inherent wisdom to a community of inquiry,” Soetoro said.
The fifth part of the virtual conference series will take place next Friday, May 29, at 9 am and will talk about “Island Wisdom and Traditional Navigation.”
Those who are interested can register for free at uog.edu/cis2020.