The Quest for Earth
Adapt · Innovate · Overcome · Inspire
Earth Day motivational talk with Professor Greg Möller
Friday, April 19
9:30 a.m. PT
Ag Science, Room 106 Auditorium
Live streamed globally (view below)
The Quest for Earth is a call to action for a positive future. We seek to bring balance to the relationship between humankind and the place we call home. The action values we need right now are to adapt, innovate, overcome and inspire.
The targets for our Quest are many and rapidly changing. We need to develop new knowledge and strategies for human practices that are more sustainable. The focus of needed change is urgent and immediate, and in all our actions we must master the art of the long view. Our gaps in knowledge are enormous. The possibilities are boundless when a shared vision of good is inspired by creativity, hard work and goodwill. The task of developing a more sustainable global community is the mission of our time. It is our Quest.
We face immense challenges across our Planet that grow larger by the day. Our courage in overcoming them will arise from our collective sense of humanity, inspired by a new age of leaders who act beyond borders. The social, political, economic, cultural and environmental complexity of the task often confounds and defeats simple strategies, yet many of our solutions may well lie in a simplification of our approach to community and commerce. We must all develop a foundation for critical thinking — to help build a broad understanding of sustainability manifested in human diversity, difference and capacity for innovation. Our passion is based in the belief that reason and spirit can solve the seemingly unsolvable.
In this Quest for Earth, we must be inspired to overcome the doubt within ourselves for the challenging journey ahead. Most importantly, we must understand that the courage we create will inspire others and those of future generations.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.George Bernard Shaw
Our future is a future of choices, and many will be difficult. Some of the choices we make can have irreversible consequences — such as the animal and plant extinctions we continue to witness in the modern era. We need to be wise in our choices, and the wisdom of today needs to stand the test of time for tomorrow. Our choices will be our human destiny.
Professor Möller’s water treatment inventions currently clean billions of gallons of water each year, giving millions of people a softer footprint on the planet.
Greg Möller is a professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at the University of Idaho and Washington State University. He is a passionate teacher and has received regional, national and international awards for his teaching. A pathfinder in using technology for learning, Greg is also an award-winning filmmaker, including the El Capitan Award at the Yosemite International Environmental Film Festival for his work “A Planet in Peril.”
Since the premiere of Professor Möller’s Principles of Sustainability course — which features lectures filmed as documentaries — about 1,000 students have enrolled and the course materials have been used by over a dozen universities. Some of the lectures have been broadcast over Sat-TV across the continent of Africa.
Greg is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and a recipient of the Eddy Research Medal from the Water Research Foundation.