In today’s world, decisions are too often based on the bottom line, but occasionally we are inspired to hear of somebody who demonstrates other priorities. Last December 4, TV’s “Sixty Minutes” featured the work of Greg Carr, who gave up his lucrative career in technology to address the problem of Earth’s degradation and the loss of biodiversity. Eighteen years ago, Carr joined the government of Mozambique in Southeast Africa to restore its Gorongosa National Park, which had been devastated by a cyclone, illegal poaching, and decades of war. Using 100 million dollars of his personal fortune, along with science, conservation, tourism, and community involvement, he helped return the park to a place of rich biodiversity. Greg Carr asks those with more money than they need, “What are you going to do with it? Stick it in your casket?” He has chosen, instead, to leave a lasting legacy. It’s worth asking: What will my legacy be?
By Delores Dufner, OSB