Ralph spends the full hour with the co-founder of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Jack Dangermond, talking about the gift he and his wife Laura gave to preserve 24,000 acres of incredibly bio-diverse California coastal land as well as their vision for all of the positive ways computer mapping software can be used.
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond along with his wife, Laura, founded Environmental Systems Research Institute – known as ESRI. Their vision was to use computer mapping and analysis to help design a better future. ESRI creates cutting-edge Geographical Information Systemsand GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide. Recently Mr. and Mrs. Dangermond donated 165 million dollars to the Nature Conservancy to protect thirty-eight square miles of incredibly bio-diverse undeveloped California Coastal land.
“This just isn’t about rich people… Everybody can do this. When we were much younger, we were active in our community planting trees. Not expensive but we were active doing that. And then developing little parks, pocket parks. And then helping organize our community so that in community efforts we were able to get the money together to buy land or conserve a piece of land. I don’t want your listeners here to simply say, ‘Oh yeah, this is some rich guy able to do this. I can’t do it.’ No, I want everybody to realize that at this particular moment in the history of the planet we need to act to be able to move at all levels in cities, in suburbs, in farms, in every way play it a 100% with respect to shifting focus to conserve these natural areas on the planet.”
Jack Dangermond, who with his wife, Laura, donated 165 million dollars to preserve 24,000 acres of California coast land