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The visual representations drove the point home for me…Now I really get it

I had no idea that there is a formidable movement of activists addressing the human saturation of our planet. When I went to hear Michael Despines speak about the convergence of mega-trends affecting the world, I didn’t expect to feel encouraged.

Michael described the colossal web of organizations and the mass mobilization of citizens who are standing up to defend our planet. He encouraged all of us to find a campaign we like, support them, and get involved.

This was the most important lesson for me. Apocalypse is not inevitable. We have the power to change this situation.

I also appreciated Michael’s humility as he revealed details about his own consumption habits. This guy is not a finger-wagging self-righteous activist. Michael is a humble man confessing his own struggles to recover our planet and live an ethical lifestyle.

Michael exploits a clever series of graphic illustrations to convey some rather complex ideas. The visual representations drove the point home for me. Up until I attended this presentation, I only had a simple and superficial understanding of how we are threatening the planet. Now I really get it.

Gerald Martone

Director of Humanitarian Affairs

International Rescue Committee

…an outstanding keynote presentation…clear and compelling..

Recommendation: Western Connecticut State University

“..very significant, relevant, and important…for our students to hear.”

Recommendation – Hanover High School

I was very impressed with the way [he] was able to relate to my students

Recommendation: Bethesda Chevy Chase High School

“…powerful and comprehensible to a general audience…”

Recommendation: Gettysburg College

“one of the most engaging environmental speakers I have heard”

Recommendation – South Western High School

“He gave a presentation…that was among the finest I have witnessed…”

He gave a presentation entitled “The American Dream: The World’s Nightmare?” that was among the finest I have witnessed in my eight years with the Governor’s School program.  Michael discussed the impact American policies have on the rest of the world in a way that was truly captivating, and he was always careful to draw comparisons that made his staggering statistics come alive.  What was most impressive was his ability to draw on his own experiences to provide concrete suggestions on how our students can change the world.”

He has a unique ability to reach high school students and inspire them to greatness

Dr. James A. Grimes, Director, Governors Schools Program of North Carolina

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The visual representations drove the point home for me…Now I really get it

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…an outstanding keynote presentation…clear and compelling..

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Recommendation: Western Connecticut State University [Read More]

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