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For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that approached the issue from another angle - national security. Ford gave the example of Somali pirates who have been attacking ships in the Horn of Africa. What most of us may not realize is that many of these pirates are born out of environmental changes in their towns - in this case, the collapse of local fisheries - that leaves them jobless. Ford and Seligman made the argument that by helping communities prevent these types of environmental crises, we can bolster our own national security and eliminate threats in a peaceful, proactive way.

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  1. Tafline Laylin May 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Wow, this is really fascinating. Thanks Yuka!

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