Through the spring and summer of 2018, the pace intensified for everyone at Parvati.org. We knew our world was out of time and we needed MAPS now.
Darcy kicked off a busy season of travel by attending the EarthX Ocean Conference in Dallas, Texas on April 22, 2018. EarthX is the largest Earth Day conference in the world. While there, Darcy spoke with leaders including Palau President Tommy Remengesau and MAPS supporter Dr. Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue. He presented MAPS as one of the EDTx featured speakers.
Then, Parvati gave the keynote presentation at the annual AREDAY summit in Colorado, the “Davos of Clean and Renewable Energy” organized by Parvati.org advisor Sally Ranney, President/Co-Founder of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI). There, Parvati and Rishi secured endorsements from organizations such as Nature Needs Half and Sea Shepherd. Soon afterward, unprecedented wildfires tore across that region of Colorado, reminding us how urgently we need to protect our planet’s air conditioner.
A month later, Darcy was invited to participate at the second conference of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) in Suva, Fiji. At this convergence of civil society, government and industry thought leaders, MAPS was a perfect addition to the bold visions for immediate action. Darcy presented the MAPS Treaty to world leaders and delegations from various Pacific nations.
Among the many presentations by countries at CAPP, Darcy told us that the Solomon Islands shared a compelling and heartbreaking story about the five islands it has already lost due to rising sea levels.
Over a whirlwind two-day visit in Fiji, Darcy made connections for MAPS, including speaking with President Bainimarama of Fiji, President Sopoaga of Tuvalu, and several other delegations and organizations. “We couldn’t do it without help from people around the world who believe in the better future that MAPS represents,” Darcy said.
Then it was Rishi’s turn to travel again, returning to Singapore and England for key tradeshows. Darcy, Karen and Vandana returned to the UN General Assembly in New York, meeting key allies.
Darcy had courageously and selflessly opened doors with the Pacific Island nations at COP, and nurtured these connections through CAPP and UNGA. He was already on a first-name basis with many key officials at the Pacific Islands Development Forum. Everyone’s hard work and miles for MAPS would bear even more fruit in the months to come.