This past Monday was the second installment of The Nature Conservancy's #FutureofNature series - Investing in Nature: Conservation and the Bottom Line. The evening featured a lively discussion of how well thought out investments can both protect the environment and drive the economy. The evening was hosted by Mark Tereck and Howard H. Stevenson, both of whom have a long history in business and a passion for preserving our natural environment.
Here are the top 10 takeaways from the event:
1. We need more people and more money to be invested in nature.
2. Climate Change and conservation can be addressed collaboratively with big businesses
3. Investing in sustainable infrastructure has a quick ROI and provides "real, hard, cash."
4. Every investment is a bet.
5. Big business CEO's believe in climate change but are hesitant to speak up. We need more people to take a stance on climate change.
6. Preserving something is often cheaper than cleaning it once its already destroyed.
7. American voters need to be louder and more engaged on environmental issues.
8. Its easier to talk about weather than climate because everyone agrees on weather (small talk, anyone?). Frame climate change in terms of weather for tough conversations.
9. Big businesses want to do the right thing. They are not evil. Many CEO's are passionate and are looking for ways to make sure their investments protect the environment.
10. Nature as capital is too often ignored.
We look forward to seeing you at the next #FutureofNature event on June 9!