Former President Bill Clinton receives an honorary degree from UCF and recognizes IDEAS in his keynote speech for the 2013 Graduates. May 2, 2013
To the members of the IDEAS Movement & our fellow Environmental Supporters,
It is a pleasure to reach out to you today with some incredible news. This past week, on May 2nd, former President Bill Clinton gave an inspiring speech as the keynote speaker for the 2013 University of Central Florida graduation ceremony; and by complete surprise, ended by recognizing IDEAS and our collective impacts since our inception in 2008 and engagement with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) in 2010
He spoke about the opportunity and responsibility all young people have before them in the 21st Century, and indeed he is right – people under 30 are 50% of the global population and we have a lot of challenges ahead of us. Clinton also said, “No matter how smart we are, how righteous we are, how close to the truth we are, we all do better when we work together, when we share prosperity, when we share responsibilities, when we share membership in the community”.
UCF Today writes an article on President Clinton’s speech for the 50th anniversary graduation at UCF.
For the past five years, IDEAS has gotten where it is today because of people like you. Whether you have volunteered for us in an action project or you have taken part in sustainability in your own way, IDEAS is here today because of our collective actions we’re all making in our own community.
The Video below is footage of his speech. At 22:40 seconds, President Bill Clinton begins to introduce the movement by peaking about DJ Chill Will for his efforts at CGI U this past year, raising awareness about Solar-power and its creative capabilities. He then recognizes the founders of IDEAS, Chris Castro & Henry Harding, and personally congratulates them on what began at UCF in 2008 as a club dedicated to Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions. He goes on to speak about how IDEAS has now become IDEAS For Us and grown into a United Nations Accredited NGO, with a presence around the World in Africa, South America and Asia.
Please have a look and feel free to share this milestone through your network. This is just the beginning of our positive impacts in the World.
National Science Director
SE Regional Director
For the 2nd year, the U.S. White House and Obama family sends the IDEAS movement a holiday card, showing their appreciation for our efforts in advancing a culture of sustainability on our campuses and in our communities.
Happy Holidays from IDEAS For Us!