Interview with John Mundell | United World Project

Hello John! How are you? I’m doing well! How are you doing, Anita? I’m good, I’m here in Argentina, and I’m saying hi to John, who is in Indianapolis, the other partof the continent. So, can you please, give us a brief introduction of who you are, where you are, what do you do? Sure. My name is John Mundell, I’m located in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is in the central part ofThe United Regime( of America ). I drive as an environmental consultantand I own my own small-time environmental company.I’m married to Julie, who’s been a partner in thisadventure for the last 25 years, and we havefour children and four grandchildren. And we’ve been involved in environmental operate, I have, for the past four decades. Great! I looked that you studied engineeringand, in fact, I’d like to know what was your first motivation to followand study this profession and when along thatprocess did you decide to dedicate yourself to environment.Becauseit wasn’t known to work for the environmental issues 30 or 40 years ago…Sure, well that’s a really good question. Well, I would say one thing, my busines pick as engineering I think was influenced, a little, by my orientation. Here in my regime of Indiana, we’re very close to a University called Purdue University. And they’revery famous. Neil Armstrong, who trodden on the moon, went to Purdue University.A heap of technology and engineering famous people come from that University, countless Nobel laureates. So, as I grew up, you’re influenced by hearingabout those famous people, as far as engineering goes.So, that developedover occasion. When I went to Purdue I opened engineering, but I didn’t knowwhat type. And then I recognized the grains of this idea of the earth, were plantedin me many years before then. On the first Earth Day, 1970, I participated as a 13 time old boy cleaning up pollution, cleaning up theroadways near my academy, and at the end of that day, I was justfilled with such charm, because I saw how we could clean up the earth andtake care of trash and all that and then, when I came to Purdue, I realized there wasthis thing announced Geological Engineering, where youcould study the earth and you could do things with it.You could understand how things work like how ocean moved and how the soilsand the geology came to be, and there was a career for that and, I was veryexcited and, so, at that time I was more interested in puttingroadways on the earth and construct dikes and skyscrapers and got anything to dowith putting and dealing here with things on the earth.It was only, though, that when I came out of Purdue after a Master’s magnitude, that there was a lot of things going on at that time.Pollution was being seen in the rivers and there were even rivers on firein The United States.There was a thing called “Love Canal” which the pollutioncaused people to become sick in some communities. And so, I thoughtthis is an opportunity. I’m interested in the earth, but I too have this desireto help the environment. And I be turned into the firstenvironmental architects dealing with this in The United Position andI began a job very early on to help clean up the earth, clean up all that, that pollution that had beenput on the earth over the last several hundred years. SoThat was the new challenges 30 or 40 several years ago. It was cleaning, but now it’s much morethan clean, it’s developing technologies that stoppollution from being established. So, how it extended from one thingto the other That’s a very good question, becauseback when I started that was the thing.Cleaning up the sea in the region, because so much contamination had beengenerated from all the industrial manufacturing that had come over thelast several hundred years.And all that work wasinvolving engineerings that cleaned up pollution.Over these last 10 to 15 years, though, wehave other challenges. We have climate change impacts inducing one of the biggestchallenges in the world. And, so, what does climate change impacts do? Climate changeaffects everything on the earth. It alters how much rainfall occursin different parts of the world, it feigns submerge of riversand the rise of the Seas and all of those present engineering challenges.All of our cultures were designed for certain kindof conditions that we expected.We would look backwards as engineers on data thatwas collected over the last hundred years and then try to predict the future.Well that has been very difficult with climate change impacts, because things arechanging. We is no longer able to only look backwards. We have to look forwardto dealing with some of these challenges and sosome of the technologies that we’re consuming nowadays involve even things likemachine learning and artificial intelligence to help predict things thathave never happened before.So as an technologist it’s a veryexciting hour. It’s a challenging age though andone of the biggest challenges is getting people to wake up and realize that thisis the issue of our date and that we need tochange how is not simply how “were living”, but how we live as society, how we liveas communities. A couple of years ago, the Pope propelled anew encyclical( Laudato Si ‘) and you were there from the beginning.When you read it did you expect…did you see it proceeding along all this time and having the quantity it hasright now? You never know what happens when a Popeunleashes a communication. What God will generate from that, and the Holy spirit, but I was very excited when I heard that he was going to writean encyclical on the environment, in fact, we knew a couple of years ahead of timethat this was in development. So, that was very exciting, but because “hes not” problem very many things, we didn’t know’ is it going to bevery theological and theoretical ?’ Where you didn’t really quite knowhow to incorporate that into everyday life.Was it going to issuea challenge to us all? We didn’t know that. And then, you are familiar with, whenLaudato Si’ came out, and I began read it … oh, you canimagine my enthusiasm! Because actually the first few chaptersdeal with what is the condition of the earth as it is now, so there is a lot ofscience and engineering and analysis that helps set up the problem that weare facing. So, as an architect and a scientist I was just blown over bythe Pope’s willingness to consult those around him and provide a basisfor this call to protect the planet, to care forCreation and, so, that I thought was very exciting, but then too what wasreally astounding was this call for him for’ ecological conversion’.To changeour lifestyles. That was a real challenge, becausemany parties, when Popes publish an encyclical, they introduced it ontheir rack and they repute’ it doesn’t change me ‘, but this is a case where, what he was talking about feigned feigns every one of us, and how weactually live out our faith. And how we live in society, so it was anexciting thing. It’s been a challenging thing becausequite frankly not everyone has heard that call to do this and we still arefacing, motivating not only Catholics worldwide, buteveryone worldwide, to make a difference in how we liveand how we take care of the earth.This word ‘conversion’ has historically been connected withreligion.So…what is the ecological transition? What does thismean for everyone? That’sthat’s a really good foresee. Yeah, you’re right, people say’ I’ve beenconverted to Christianity’ means I’ve changed my belief systems.It’s very rare that we talk about a changeover associated with somethingelse, in such cases, an ecological conversion.What I think is different here, about being convertedwith only your notion arrangements, is this is also a changeover is not simply of the heartand the mind, but of likewise the pass and the legs.You have to be converted to change your behavior.Oftentimes in Christianity, in Islam and in Judaism, we get stuck on how wethink about God, or how we think about life.Very rarely do we focus on how we employed that beliefinto practice how we make it concrete.Andwhether that is the yardstick for assessing what kind ofChristian, Jew or Muslim that I am. And so, the Popeis asking us for ecological conversion why? Because it’s needed.Because we’re all in this together. That conversion isall about actionable entries, we are not able merely only thinkor pray.Or sit by the sideline and watch what’s going on. We “re going to have to” take our prayersand our thoughts, and turn them into actions.And that’s what’s exciting about ecological conversion it.To me it’s an actionconversion not a design conversion, or simply a notion conversion.Great! Thank you much needed, John! Great talking with you today, Anita, it’s always good to see you! Always nice talking to you, John! Thank you! Bye! Bye, bye-bye !.

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