It has been devastating to watch news of tragic human-made and natural catastrophes unfolding in the United States and various other parts of the world, such as the oil spill affecting the Gulf States of the United States and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. All too often, these types of events affect poor people and impoverished communities disproportionately. While we witness human hands, ingenuity, machinery, and mounting human losses and resource costs attempt to address very complex calamities, most people acknowledge that short term crisis intervention and long-term planning are vital to prepare for large scale environmental disasters whenever possible and to rebuild regions after the initial devastation.
The biannual Green Hawaii Youth Conference INTL (June 2011) provides a venue for humanitarian forces, industry, and decision-makers to collaborate, plan, and unveil green solutions for poor and impoverished communities facing such catastrophes. Indeed, green collaboration may serve to mediate entrenched political and social conflicts, renew important stakeholder ties, and meet struggling economies with sustainable ideas at their points of need.
The purpose of the biannual Green Hawaii Youth Conference INTL (June 2011) is to bring together humanitarian forces, industry leaders and a variety of decision-makers who have strong interest in human welfare and its sustainability through the venues of green education, green technology, and green industry/jobs for struggling economies. The conference has several objectives. First, it will acknowledge the ongoing on the ground efforts for survival and sustainability as well as creative and tech-savvy environmental projects being developed in community-, industry-, and school-based programs within the United States and abroad. These projects engage youth, large and small nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and corporate industry leaders in strategic alliances with positive, practical results. Second, the conference will recognize exemplary environmental projects that include poor people as contributors of solutions and that meet practical needs in impoverished communities. Third, the conference will bring together green innovators, funders, and decision makers from community-based organizations, government offices, and industries of all types to focus attention and resources on communities in need of affordable, effective, multipurpose green solutions.
Participants in the biannual Green Hawaii Youth Conference INTL (June 2011) will include non-government organizations and various types of decision-makers, teams of youth from middle and high schools, colleges, and universities in the United States and abroad; educators and experts; and community and industry leaders who have developed and implemented exemplary green projects in the field. The foundation of the conference will rest on the theme of building survival possibilities and sustainability plans vis-à-vis the participation of green innovators.
Groups of prime importance to the success of the conference include grassroots organizations, student and faculty educators, and industry experts. These guests will participate as keynote speakers and as panel and poster presenters about the principal locations within the scope of the conference. They will showcase green technology projects in the areas of health care and health maintenance, communications, education, energy and housing, agriculture and food production, sanitation, and transportation that are affordable, practical, and sustainable for struggling economies. Acknowledgement and prizes will be awarded to community, youth, and industry teams that develop and showcase exemplary projects geared to work in economically depressed rural regions like Appalachia, states like California, cities like Detroit and Greensboro, island nations like Haiti, and sovereign territories like Navajo Country. These locales represent poor and/or impoverished communities or general populations with struggling economies.
The focus of the conference will be to unveil green intervention and sustainable humanitarian based solution packages that have a strong possibility of resolving and/or preventing public health crises like starvation, disease and malnutrition, poverty and chronic joblessness, homelessness, violence, and perpetual economic crisis. We will give special emphasis to locate funders, invite them to the conference, and list them as resources on the conference website. From among corporations, government grant programs, not-for-profit organizations, grassroots enterprises, charitable and humanitarian organizations, and individuals, organizers aim to invite sponsors to participate at all levels of the conference to sponsor developers of green projects to attend the conference and provide seed money for their projects. Objectives include all participants to leave the conference with solution packages that include important contacts and stakeholder relationships in the areas of advocacy and legislation, human and environmental rights, investigative and research capabilities in targeted communities, corporate and industry expertise, new and creative alliances for green skill building, project development, and ongoing funding.