The PeaceKeeper Foundation Launches Intercultural Climate Change Educational Program, Names Directors

When your children ask you what you did to preserve the planet for their future, what will you tell them?
By: PeaceKeeper Foundation
BOSTON - July 23, 2014 - PRLog -- Future generations will face the consequences of global climate change but there is a lack of hands-on intercultural programs for youth exploring common solutions. Changes in climate that affect societies are likely to grow in scale spanning continents and cultures. Planetary youth need common tools and understanding of climate change problems. The PeaceKeeper Foundation (PKF) is launching unique climate change educational programs for water, biodiversity, forest conservation and dialog linking youth of diverse cultures.

"Our goal is to combine basic science with hands-on learning to link cultures in real time to explore common solutions to climate change," remarked Eric McDuffie the PKF's newly appointed Executive Director. Eric is a recent graduate from the Nicholas School of the Environment’s Leadership Program at Duke University with a Masters of Environmental Management and a lifelong educator with numerous environmental educator awards. "Water conservation is a matter of worldwide importance and is a transformational topic for young students particularly in areas where aridity and desertification may be enhanced as a result of global warming," said Eric. The PKF is initiating new water conservation projects with school districts in North Carolina and beyond based on Eric’s work with an award winning storm water management project for a local middle school. Hear Eric's story.

Aspects of biodiversity are also of importance to sustainability of the planet. Species extinction and changes in species distribution as a result of climate change will likely affect every culture on earth. "My experiences in Sri Lanka documenting biodiversity changes provide a unique lens for biodiversity studies in the US," said Imesh Bandara, newly selected Director of the PKF’s biodiversity programs. Imesh is a recent graduate from the The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University with a Masters of Sustainable International Development. Imesh's concept of SLEndemics (species learning of endemic plants and animals) focuses on local "backyard" biodiversity and its transformation in the future. Imesh is completing a SLEndemics compilation of biodiversity for the forests of Maine. "Maine offers a unique opportunity to understand deforestation and fragmentation of family forests in Maine and loss of biodiversity--we want to reverse this trend," he remarked. Imesh tells his story here.

The PKF is also addressing the lack of progress in managing the composition of the atmosphere despite global recognition and debate. More than a decade since the Kyoto Protocol, clean/green tech and numerous policy initiatives there is little evidence for lasting emissions reductions, a necessary achievement to reduce surface warming. "Climate changes and planetary preservation for future generations can only be managed by action now," said Bruno D.V. Marino, co-founder of the Foundation. The Foundations project "A Climate of Youth" now in the planning stages intends to record dialog of youth from every country chronicling concerns and hopes for their future planetary home. "When your children ask you what you did to preserve the planet for their future, what will you tell them?" remarked Marino. David D. Smyth III, CEO of the PKF, has brought together diverse resources to launch the PKF. "I am delighted to bring together such a talented group that aims to make a difference for young citizens of the future everywhere on the planet," remarked David.

About The PeaceKeeper Foundation. The PKF, located in Boston, MA and Portland, ME, is a 501(c)(3) public charity organized by Planetary Emissions Managment Inc., Boston, MA. PEM is an early stage company offering innovative solutions for GHG management and monetization.

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