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Revive and Revitalize the Tradition of Caring for the Land and Sea...: Manuel Mejia at TEDxHonolulu

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Revive and revitalize the tradition of caring for the land and sea, so that our communities, in turn, can thrive in a sustainable way.

Manuel Mejia is the Community-Based Marine Conservation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. He specializes in community-based conservation efforts. He's dedicated more than sixteen years in leading biodiversity conservation projects across the Asia-Pacific region. His focus is the human dimension of marine conservation and he believes that while the measures for success are ultimately biological, the only way to achieve them are through social, cultural, political and economic change—in other words, through and by people and communities. He recently launched a Marine Conservation Fellowship Program, which provides dedicated young conservationists with professional development and growth opportunities in Hawaii. Manuel is a graduate of McGill and Columbia University where he concentrated on the earth sciences and environmental policy for his BSc and MSc degrees. Mejia has two children (ages 9 and 11) and he dedicates his life's work in conservation to them. He believes that through collective action and wise stewardship of our island's natural resources, nature and our communities can be healthy again. "Hawai`i is a wellspring of stories that depict how our collective actions as a community can both destroy and heal vital ecosystems.The challenges looming before Earth come from problems.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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