Tomorrow, tomorrow…

 

annie tomorrow

You can bet your bottom dollar on tomorrow…

In the Broadway musical Annie, the lead character, sings:

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There’ll be sun!

Just thinkin’ about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!

When I’m stuck a day
That’s gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,  Oh!

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You’re always a day away.

Turns out, tomorrow, Tuesday, 25-June-2013 is the actual tomorrow for the United States to make some improvement in policies surrounding climate change response.  And project managers, hold on, Mr. Barack Obama will be addressing you in particular.  Through our deep network of investigative reporters, we have obtained a secret leaked video (okay, okay, so it was posted on whitehouse.gov) in which President Obama provides a hint of what he will announce – tomorrow.

Have a look at our not-so-secret-after-all video.  Note the reference to scientists and engineers.  We wish he had mentioned project managers by name, but you know, I know, and certainly the scientists, engineers, and business leaders know that these efforts are all projects and they need sustainable-minded project manages to manage these projects.

Starting tomorrow.

I love ya, tomorrow!

See the video below.

People, Planet, Profit – and Pulpit?

A new book by Katherine K. Wilkinson explores the changing relationship of evangelists and the realities of climate change.

The relationship is not trivial.  Evangelical Christians make up about a quarter of the U.S. Population.  Recent studies by MIT/Sloan show North America lagging other regions with respect to understanding and coming to terms with- or even taking economic advantage of aspects of climate change.

So a reconciliation between this community and activism on climate change is important to both communities.  This book shows how the various stakeholders have increasingly been collaborating despite some fundamental core differences in belief.  Actually, there are some good lessons learned for project managers here.  If the evangelical Christian community can see fit to collaborate with atheist scientists, then engineering and marketing can certainly work together, right?

From today’s Boston Globe:

Wilkinson tells a vitally important, even subversive, story at the heart of this carefully researched book. Over the past 30 years or more, even as the culture wars raged, an honest-to-God “evangelical Center” came to life in the political no-man’s land between the old-guard religious right and the secular liberal establishment. And as Wilkinson shows, one of the most significant expressions of that increasingly assertive center — as it seeks to broaden the “evangelical agenda” beyond abortion and sexuality to include global poverty, health, and social-justice issues — is a far-reaching environmental movement, based on the theology of “creation care,” and the effort by a new generation of moderate leaders to put climate change on the evangelical map.

 

Read the full review from The Boston Globe here.

 

Here’s a description from the publisher:

“Despite three decades of scientists’ warnings and environmentalists’ best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based efforts are emerging and strengthening to address this problem. In the US, perhaps none is more significant than evangelical climate care.

Drawing on extensive focus group and textual research and interviews, Between God & Green explores the phenomenon of climate care, from its historical roots and theological grounding to its visionary leaders and advocacy initiatives. Wilkinson examines the movement’s reception within the broader evangelical community, from pew to pulpit. She shows that by engaging with climate change as a matter of private faith and public life, leaders of the movement challenge traditional boundaries of the evangelical agenda, partisan politics, and established alliances and hostilities. These leaders view sea-level rise as a moral calamity, lobby for legislation written on both sides of the aisle, and partner with atheist scientists.

Wilkinson reveals how evangelical environmentalists are reshaping not only the landscape of American climate action, but the contours of their own religious community. Though the movement faces complex challenges, climate care leaders continue to leverage evangelicalism’s size, dominance, cultural position, ethical resources, and mechanisms of communication to further their cause to bridge God and green.”

 We’d suggest that this would be a good read for our blog followers.  Again, it helps to illustrate how a wide range of stakeholders can work together for a common cause.

And that’s a good thing.

You gotta laugh

Yep.  Sometimes the news is so bizarre, so “off” that you just have to laugh.

Stephen Colbert and his Colbert Report does a better job of that than we ever could do.

So we just send you there and let you learn and laugh along with us.

 

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The only redeeming value here – the learning (we don’t post anything unless there is SOME learning) – is that as Project Managers we cannot afford to look away from the facts.  Take the facts into account in your project, don’t “legislate” them away.  Those facts become inputs to your risk register and allow for much more intelligent risk response planning than you’d find, in, say, North Carolina.

Hah!

Is Sustainability Bugging You?

I was reading through the recent issue of Fly Fisherman, surprise, surprise, and I beside a great article written by a good friend, I can across a short article in their “Newscasts” section entitled “New” Insects.  It referred to an article in the journal of the American Entomology Society identifying 99 new insect species.  This is result of a research project undertaken by the Lake Champlain Research Institute in New York’s Adirondack Park.  The significance to sustainability comes under the heading biodiversity.

The new species, members of the mayfly, caddisfly, and stonefly families, are interesting because these insects are considered to be “the canary in the mine” or “indicators for ecosystem integrity.”  “Certain mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies are intolerant of pollution.”  Seeing these new species could be indicators that the ecosystem is either rebounding or holding its own against a barrage of environmental issues pressing in on the park.  Not the least of which is the increase in population and the need for more land, habitat destruction and global climate change.   It is also a study to establish a baseline so that in the future, effects of a storm like Tropical Storm Irene, or the effect of dredging of the Ausable River can be evaluated against that baseline.  According to Luke Myers, chief investigator, the “study validates the land-use protections that are in place for the Adirondack Park.”

On the fly fisherman side of it (I have to add that), the researchers said “the data could be used by expert fly fishers who rely on imitations of aquatic insects to catch trout.”  It means new fly patterns to tie.  Myers said “We’ve got a more complete understanding of the fly fishing menu, so to speak, and also the times of year that these insects are emerging in these streams.  We have good phrenology data from when these species emerge and how they emerge: If its synchronized or they spread out, if all the same species emerge over a long time in the summer months, and things like that.”  Yeah, a plethora of different flies to tie, and yeah for biodiversity.

Nature is amazing.  I remember one evening on Vermont’s Mettawee River, standing in a cloud of mayflies from the riffles at my feet.   It was truly an incredible experience, one that I hope continues into the future.