Attending this conference was an honor and a little surreal. Security was intense and thorough, nevertheless I became busy preparing to attend the conference by reading about all the speakers. I continued reviewing all topics and speakers that were at the additional sustainability conferences the following week.
As I write this Going True Green Blog Post, I am finally reflecting back on my copiousness of notes that I put to paper at the conference. Additionally, all the people I met from around the world expressing the same interest in helping our world of countries become increasingly sustainable was invigorating. The conference speakers were from all walks of life and living a more sustainable life were the first steps being taken. Speakers were: H.E. Mrs. Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations; H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the UNAOC; H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of Marriage and Religion Research Institute; Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, Executive Director of Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies; Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Founder of Mentoring USA; H.E. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
"There are to be no exceptions"
"The answer is FAMILY"
For a sustainable environment, we need the family to survive.
For sustainable energy, we need the family to instill solutions in our children that there is always a better way.
For a sustainable economy, we need loving family ethics and virtue to operate our corporations.
For sustainable intellect, we need a supporting family around each school aged child.
For sustainable peace, we need the family to give thanks together.
AND then we can have a sustainable world.
Yet, the family which is the most important factor, is the most fragile. The bond between a woman and a man must first be one, so the family can be a team working toward a better tomorrow. Every speaker presented the same truths about what the solution is and it comes down to the Father and Mother of every family.
Afterwards, when the conference concluded two hours later, I had the privilege to speak with others and the speakers. From the Archbishop to Matilda Cuomo, the wife of New York's past Governor Mario Cuomo, as well as many other guests like myself. Connections were forged and friendships started, perhaps we will not see a State, Country, or Corporation lead us to a sustainable tomorrow, instead we will see the family be the vanguard for our world.
Bill Lauto , GTG
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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