There are few institutions that generate such universal love and respect as does the American Museum of Natural History. And we can add appreciation to that as well, as this year, they are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Here to share with us their story and what they have planned for their sesquicentennial anniversary is Ellen Futter, the president of the American Museum of Natural History.
“We have a culture that, because of who we are and how we were born, is deeply attentive to the different cultures in the world and in building bridges with other parts of the world. The best stuff we do is when three or four or five of our country programs come together, connect the dots and it all comes together into a single place. And that is built not on structure, but on relationships.”
“…our whole ethos is that we work to support Americans who want to make a difference in their own backyards. So, whether that’s taking folks on a trip, a hike in an afternoon, cleaning up a local river, or retiring a coal plant and replacing it with clean energy, we very much believe in the power of individuals to affect great change.”
In a political season where each side appears to be more resolute and certain about the rightness of their cause, finding common ground seems to be more elusive than ever. So, it’s of particular interest that an environmental group has broken through in search of pragmatic solutions that work for all parties involved to protect the environment. That group is The Nature Conservancy, and it’s a pleasure for me to welcome to the show their President and CEO, Mark Tercek.