Opening discussion: Sustainability in the Global Context
We will start the morning program with an inspirational discussion focused on the topic of sustainability in the world. Sustainability managers in the Czech and Slovak Republics, or across Europe for that matter, often forget that the Old Continent is the part of a much larger world. It is not good enough to raise sustainability in Europe while forgetting about the rest of the world. The air that Europeans breathe is the world’s air, the water that laps its shore is the world’s water, the temperatures that raise our thermometers are the world’s temperatures, and the people that attempt to cross our borders are people of the world who seek a better life than they have at home. In the opening discussion, we will talk to two local leaders who have spent their lives dealing with sustainability issues in the world to get their views on global sustainability and its impact on Europe. Among other things, we will hear that the flow of inspiration in the area of sustainable development is certainly not a one-way street.