Women in the world – IWECI Summit delegate series
Featuring the 100 women attending the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit along with Natalie Isaacs, 1MW CEO and Founder, in New York from September 20-23.
Laura Turner Seydel is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, Driven, Concerned
Tell us a little about the work you do and what you are doing at present?
I do everything I can to get the message out that we must all work every day to protect our natural life support systems, such as our air, water, natural environment and food supplies. This means I am speaking, raising money, blogging on my website, sending out information through social media and trying to promote other organizations who are also working on similar goals around the world.
Specifically, I serve as chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education in schools. I also serve on the boards of the Turner Foundation, Environmental Working Group, League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Green Schools Alliance.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by other people who are dedicated to making a difference. For instance, Eve Ensler, who started the One Billion Rising movement, Congressman John Lewis, who has put his life on the line fighting for civil rights, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, who started programs to provide microfinance to help empower low-income women. I am moved by the courage of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who was shot by the Taliban after speaking out about education rights for girls and keeps on fighting. She just gave a stirring speech to the U.N. Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday.
What are you most looking forward to about the 100 Women and Earth Climate Summit?
I heard a quote recently: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” We must do everything in our power to stop global warming. We don’t have any more time, and I worry that we may not be able to reverse the damage we have already done to our planet. I feel that this conference will bring together people working on the global-warming issue, and we will come out of the conference with an action plan and a stronger effort by all of us.
Do you have a message or a tip for our 1 Million Women community about how to live with the least impact on the planet?
Show you are willing to take a stand and Vote. Vote for the legislators who stand strong on environmental issues AND vote with your checkbook. Don’t buy goods or services from companies that are not doing the right thing for people and the life support systems of our planet.
- A bit more: Laura works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. She also co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She also serves on national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Carter Center Board of Councilors, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Green Schools Alliance and Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta. Laura lives with her husband and her three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.
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