How are peace and environmental issues connected?

  • Hosted by

    Institute for Economics and Peace and Greenfish

  • Location


  • Date

    March 15, 2022

  • Time

    16:00 CET


A Climate for Change:   issues facing Hawaii recording:

4th Saturday-Monthly MOVIE NIGHT, showing Climate issues & solutions to educate the public. To be added to the monthly distribution for registering for MOVIE NIGHT, sending an email with MOVIE NIGHT in the subject to: Rotarians from around the world have participated
in MOVIE NIGHT in past months.
For August- A Plastic Ocean - Documentary - A Plastic Ocean begins when Journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste 
in what should be pristine ocean.  In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists 
and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming 
truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
David Attenborough appears as a Special Contributor.
When: Aug 28, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What is CLIMATE RESTORATION? Climate Restoration is the global endeavor to return the Earth’s climate systems to the safe and healthy state in which humanity and our natural world evolved. This requires returning atmospheric CO2 to safe levels of less than 300 parts per million (ppm). It is possible and achievable, both technically and financially!  (This is a regular event put together by the Bay Area Rotary Climate Action Team.  Info from John Harder, Hanalei Bay)


Give the gift of a living legacy by sponsoring an endemic Legacy Tree 
If you would like to plant your own Monarch Milo Legacy Tree,  go to : 
Give the gift of a living legacy by sponsoring an endemic Legacy Tree to be planted in the Legacy Hardwood Forest at Gunstock Ranch. Your funds will help us collect seeds by hand, raise your seedling in our nurseries, plant your tree to create a forest, fence out pests, and clear invasive species.  You will receive a beautiful, personalized certificate and the RFID tracking number and GPS location so you can track your tree. Included in your sponsorship is a $30 donation to Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako to support future environmental initiatives like the 2020 tree planting project.


We planted 8,000 Trees on every major island!!  Why We Should Plant More Trees? Trees create the very air we breathe and filter air pollution. Trees also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas. Most importantly, trees sequester carbon, helping to remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which cools the earth.  Thank you to the following island coordinators:

Committee - Island
Big Island - Coordinator
Benson Medina
South Hilo
Kauai - Coordinator
John Harder 
Hanalei Bay
Kauai - Coordinator
David Dinner 
Hanalei Bay
Maui – Coordinator
Mariko Higashi
Pili Valderrama
Lahaina Sunset
Eco Rotary of Kakaako

As Hawaii residents, climate change poses a huge risk to our future. In the near future ocean levels may rise, and temperatures may become unbearable. Come help us offset climate change by planting trees. Each tree takes 48 lbs of carbon out of the air.  When we plant 5,000 trees — that’s 240,000lbs of carbon per year!

Be a Gift To The World



Ever since the first chipped stone tool was crafted, some 2.5 million years ago, we as humans have been shaping the Universe to better suite our needs.  It’s sort of what we do, and what makes us quite special as beings. Take for example farming.  In the first early millennia of man we followed the chaotic movement of surrounding fauna and flora just as the other species did.  However as Homo sapiens began to understand the habits of wildlife and vegetation we were able to establish an order on to them.  For roughly the last 10,000 years Humans have confined specific species, altered their anatomies, and propagated their populations to desired quantities as a way to alleviate the dilemmas of hunting and gathering.   When we find chaos inconvenient to our well being we try to order it more suitable. 

The problem with this whole making ‘order of the universe’ business however is that it revolves entirely around what we perceive to be ‘disorder’.  We may not be conscious of when there is chaos and when there is not.  We may think that we are making order out of just disorder, but in fact may be reordering something, which is actually organized and beneficiary to us.   

Take for instance the 1930’s “black blizzards”, dust storms that stretched for miles wide and high, like something out of an apocalyptic action film, across the great American prairies.  The reason for these series of natural disasters was due to the extensive reorganization of the Great Plains.  Unaware European immigrant settlers plowed the virgin topsoil across millions of acres replacing the native deep-rooted tall grasses that were once apart of a natural system.  These prairie grasses would trap moisture deep below the ground keeping the soil heavy and damp through periods of drought.  However after being replaced by a domesticated crop that dried out the soil it was just a matter of time before an intense wind came along causing a storm of dust.  The damage was so extensive it forced families to foreclose and abandon their farms, with over 500,000 reported homeless.  At the time people perceived the High Plains as a blank canvass to which they could harvest what they willed, little did they understand the intricacy of the natural order already well evolved and in place. 

It is not that we shouldn’t be establishing our own order onto the universe, but rather that we need be conscious of how our ordering impacts other systems in place.   Although our planets abiotic and biotic systems may appear chaotic, if not anarchic, they in many ways are not.  Life is itself an organization of matter in the Universe.  And through a process of evolution with planetary phenomena Life becomes relatively stable.  If we are not conscious of the systems in place before altering or displacing them, then we are blindly jeopardizing Earth’s order within an otherwise chaotic universe.

One of the biggest challenges we face today is how to improve and maintain our standard of living while balancing the order of the environment.  It is about new approaches to already established technologies, such as energy, farming, transportation, etc.  However it is important to note that this education goes further as well, because as we learn how the world really works we become inspired to develop new and better ways of living.  


Article written by: Jon Krizan, Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako