The Lindbergh Foundation and Nature’s Balance
“Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future.” – Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh’s quote shows the focus he and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, gave to conservation as far back as the 1960’s. He valued both nature and technology, believing they could be complimentary. Clearly, he was a visionary in this regard.
As a result, The Lindbergh Foundation, in honor of the Lindberghs’ ideals, gives out two awards which recognize this focus on the environment. The Lindbergh Award is an annual recognition to individuals “whose work over many years has made significant contributions toward the Lindbergh’s concept of balancing technology and nature.” Awards have gone to such distinguished individuals as Lester Brown, Harrison Ford, Robert Ballard, Amory and Hunter Lovins, Sylvia Earle, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Neil Armstrong, and Sir Edmund Hillary. This is impressive company.
The second award, The Corporate Award for Balance, established in 2006, is an annual award to a company or organization “whose concern for and dedication to the environment and improving our quality of life is demonstrated through their business practices.” Patagonia received this award in its first year of presenting. Google has received it, as well.
This year, FedEx was honored to be only the fourth recipient of The Lindbergh Foundation’s Corporate Award for Balance, awarded for our efforts in environmental sustainability, and with the development of alternative energy technologies. To say we are honored is an understatement.
One has to question why the Lindberghs were able to see technology’s potential to help nature at the same time as Rachel Carson was publishing Silent Spring. Clearly, they were able to travel and see firsthand the needs and risks, but also the possibilities of nature’s conservation. And, then again, maybe Charles Lindbergh’s years of flying in his youth simply allowed him to see the broad vista – the vision – spread out before him.
Click here for the announcement of The Lindbergh Award and Corporate Award for Balance.
You can find out more about The Lindbergh Foundation, and the truly impressive leaders who helped form it, including astronaut Neil Armstrong and General James H. Doolittle, at www.lindberghfoundation.org.
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