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Sustainability Professionals and the World Around Them
August 6, 2019 — Michael Mortimer

It is axiomatic that environmental sustainability is a global affair. Climate change, species extinction, pollution, and the supply chains pressuring the planet’s ability to provide humanity with goods and services all share a single defining characteristic: they care not a whit for national boundaries. Decisions and the environmental impacts of those decisions are now separated by hundreds, even thousands of miles. They are likewise both linked to and separated by culture, language, perspectives, and governance. Global education For practitioners of environmental… Read More
Identity. Hah! What is it Good For? Absolutely Something.
October 11, 2018 — Michael Mortimer

I, like many others I know, are struggling to make sense of the what appears to be an inexorable slide towards a viciously divided USA, driven, it seems, in large part by identity politics pitting a version of ethnonationalism against a version of cosmopolitanism. This USA is not only increasingly politically hamstrung, where even minor policy decisions warrant a full-throated war and where every sword is worth falling on, the rancor trickles down to friends and family, who a decade… Read More
Islands in the Anthropocene
October 9, 2017 —
Photography Trip to Iceland and Cuba - May 2018 What do Iceland and Cuba have in common? Besides the fact that they are islands struggling for survival in the midst of rising seas and climate changes, they are both destinations for Dr. Michael Mortimer, and an intrepid group of photographers traveling with Photo Workshop Adventures in May 2018. Do you have a camera? Do you like to travel? Can you imagine experiencing these two polar opposite environments, back to back,… Read More
More in Morroco
November 30, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

Being in Morocco this week for the United Nations COP22 climate conference is an opportunity to witness a coming together of people from all over the world, all concerned with climate change. Individuals, NGOs, governments, and the private sector. That last group is one of the most interesting. Companies and start-ups are here to demonstrate and develop the value propositions that exist in solvingclimate change. Let that sink in—there is money to be made in addressing the most daunting global challenge of our era.… Read More
Despair and Inspiration
November 15, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

[The following remarks were delivered at the November 2016 XMNR X17-Cohort meeting.] I wanted to share a few words with all of you following the results of the presidential election just two days ago. I imagine that sounds a bit funereal, a bit maudlin. I struggled with what to say, given that there are people in this room that I’m sure voted on opposing sides. But I thought it important, as Center Director, that I say my piece. It appears from the… Read More