- On March 7, 2017
The GreenBiz 17 conference took place on February 14-16, 2017 and brought together NGOs and businesses frequently at odds over issues affecting the environment and animals. However, that doesn’t mean that the parties can’t find areas they agree on or even form mutually-rewarding partnerships.
Many of the NGOs in attendance shared their concerns about an emerging political climate that has turned suddenly and decidedly hostile to their causes, but at GreenBiz 17, there was strong consolation to be found in numbers. As one GreenBiz senior program director quipped, “You can’t all be tweeted upon!”
One unlikely partnership discussed at the conference involves Dow Chemical and the Ocean Conservancy. Dow employees, including executives, have performed beach cleanups as part of getting a firsthand look at the impact chemical waste has on the environment. The HSUS has formed its own partnerships with many companies in the food and agricultural industries, the most notable with companies pledging to convert to cage-free egg sourcing.
Wayne Pacelle participated in the keynote interview on the last day of the conference. The theme of the discussion centered on Wayne’s book, “The Humane Economy.” Wayne cited several examples of The Humane Economy principle at work. Among them was the migration away from animal testing methods in the lab towards alternative testing methods such as the”organ on a chip” and conducting research at the molecular level which makes it possible to avoid subjecting an animal to harmful testing.
“It’s human creativity and ingenuity that are going to be a pathway for reform. If we identify a moral problem, we can then have a solution that is a product of our really creative thinking. And that’s what’s happening.” -Wayne Pacelle
Read more about GreenBiz 17 on greenbiz.com.