At 6 p.m. today, a handful of environment-conscious individuals will gather at a panel to discuss topics such as technology and sustainability. Rinaldo Brutoco, the founder and president of a Santa Barbara-based think tank and non-profit organization, is one of the speakers who will lead this discussion.
Mr. Brutoco describes himself as a businessman first and foremost, and he hopes to debunk a certain way of thinking.
“We have been told a very false dichotomy,” Mr. Brutoco said, “that we can have clean air and water or we can have profits, but you can’t have both.”
Other speakers include UCSB professor David Pellow and environmental activist Lamara Heartwell who is the great-granddaughter of an Exxon founder. The Consciousness Network founder and president Forrest Leichtberg will host and emcee for the evening.
“This event will explore,” said Mr. Leichtberg, “the connection between the spiritual development of human consciousness and humanity’s environmental footprint, as well as provide practical, everyday strategies that can be implemented by each of us to immediately contribute toward a healthier world.”
The event today is held by Santa Barbara-based the Consciousness Network, whose mission is to promote local and global well-being through programs and training. Attendance is donation-based. Networking begins at 6 p.m. with the panel taking place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 227 E. Arrellaga St.