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Jim Moriarty is the CEO of Surfrider Foundation. He is an avid surfer, entrepreneur and innovator. Moriarty has more than 15 years management experience in corporate start-ups, specializing in e-learning,[…]

Jim Moriarty cites Australia as the shape of things to come.


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Question: How will this age be remembered?


Jim Moriarty: This age will be remembered as an age where there was great wealth creation, there was great freedoms spread, there was a lot of poverty addressed all over the world, a lot of connections remade and reestablished all over the world, the world became flat, but I don’t necessarily know that that- all those positive things necessarily point to a positive outcome because we have another looming challenge with the environmental crisis in a lot of areas and globally. And so we’re about to be--  we’re not about to be; we have been dealt a very, very large challenge and we haven’t really fully put our arms around it. So the age that I just defined would be more of 2010 previous and the air in front of us- I think potentially the largest issue that we’ll face would be environmental, could be war related, but other than wars environmental. I think it would look like what’s happening in Australia where the environment wasn’t that big of a deal. They had ozone problems with people getting skin cancer. They started wearing Lycra to the beach. It wasn’t that okay, the ozone’s fixed, great, we put our head around that and we fixed it, but now you’ve got the warmest months on record and all of a sudden the entire country of Australia shifted over to a very keen sense of green candidate issues. The last election was one on green issues. That’s going to be happening more and more. It’s just logical. When water dries up water becomes- the commodity becomes really valuable. I live in southern California so I know that. I had a blackout a week and a half ago. I’m sitting at my PC, had- 12 o’clock at night or whatever, all power went out. This happened before in southern California but not in a while. This is the first--  This is California blackout so all of a sudden if that- if rolling blackouts and things that are of that magnitude start happening, yeah, shift- everything shifts over there. I think that’ll happen more.


Recorded on: 9/27/07