Beach Walks is on the road today, talking with several retired executives and professionals in the Detroit area.
h3. About Today’s Show
My dad’s coffee club invited us in for a show today. It’s not often that you get a chance to hear candid, direct comments from auto industry execs, lawyers and finance professionals. Beach Walks aims to present diverse people and opinions and to create dialog among those who may disagree. You can see that these guys get a lot of energy from meeting each morning to discuss a wide range of topics.
I was glad to hear support for corporate responsibility in education, and also acknowledgement that the oil industry is shirking its responsibilities. Cars and oil used to be aligned; now high oil prices are helping bring down the auto industry. Both factory workers in Flint and execs in Birmingham are being affected by the failings of the American car industry. Perhaps this shared pain will stimulate a new approach to providing sustainable transportation for us.
For many people, (and it’s people who make up industries and corporations) change is painful and happens only after a crisis. I wish more people were more willing to be proactive instead of reactive. I also wish the politicians in Hawai’i would become leaders in sustainable practices. An island is the perfect place to refine recycling programs, convert trash into oil, and as mentioned, grow sugar cane for fuel. Instead, we have bickering and partisanship, infrastructure decay and a minimal recycling program that appears to mostly just be a fund-raiser for government.
But somehow though no matter what edges humanity pushes itself up against, we are still here. New solutions appear just in the nick of time. The universe steps in to assist. Life goes on and from a wide enough perspective, all is well.
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