I have just returned from a little trip to Thailand, specifically to our sister property, Soneva Kiri for theSLOW LIFE Symposium. Soneva Kiri lies on the fourth biggest island of Thailand, Koh Kood, where, unlike in many other places, tourism does not dominate the island’s economy and resources. After a short flight on Soneva Kiri’s private plane we landed at the resort and the action started immediately. A tour of the Eco Centro, snorkelling in the house reef of Soneva Kiri and finally a walk in the tropical rainforest of Koh Kood looking for butterflies and for a ‘secret’ waterfall pool to jump in.
The SLOW LIFE Symposium is a gathering of sustainable thinkers, NGOs, corporations, journalists, and innovators with a shared interest in making humankind’s activities more sustainable.
This year’s theme revolved around Planetary Boundaries and how to guarantee progress while remaining within humanity’s safe operating space. The Symposium was chaired by Jonathon Porritt, Johan Rockstrom, and Jean Oelwang and discussions ranged from what exactly are the Planetary Boundaries, how can we better communicate them to a broader audience, how can we incorporate them into companies’ policies, national and international policies, and how can we make sure that decisions made are not transgressing the tipping points to avoid having consequences on a global level.
The participants, many of whom are world leaders in their field and who are shaping the sustainability agenda for the entire world, allowed us to explore how to implement Johan’s Planetary Boundaries model across the agro-forestry industry, mass agriculture, Global Environment Facility, private equity and so much more.
Stay tuned to see the outcomes and projects resulting from of this year’s SLOW LIFE Symposium.
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