Rising Sea Levels are not a myth, nor is Climate Change – despite the fact that some may claim otherwise. The people of the Pacific Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia are first hand witnesses to the devastating effects these issue bring today – and can tell from experience what it means for their society and anyone around the globe. Especially those living near the sea.
It is our great pleasure to invite you for a evening speaking event with Mr. Larry Raigetal, founder of Waa´gey in Micronesia. Larry made the long trip from Micronesia to bring us the story behind this unique sail.
The mission of Waagey and Mr. Raigetal personally is the preservation of the regional arts and crafts and traditional craftsmanship, to maintain the cultural heritage of the Micronesian Pacific Islands. But also to create awareness for this mission to becoming harder and harder due to global influences (not to say “globalization”) and climate changes. In the region, the sea levels rise 1,5cm every year – a direct, measurable threat to the life on remote coral island atolls.
Mr. Raigetal and his team have created a sail on the remote island of Lamotrek, a sail made in the traditional way, which was almost a lost skill. This sail is touring the world and has reached Hamburg, to be on display at the Museum für Völkerkunde, where Larry will be kind enough to speak to us and give us some context on this interesting matter.
The timing could not be better since G20 happens the same week with Mr. Trump in town.
The event itself is FREE OF CHARGE, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for attendance (please RSVP immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note that the Museum will charge the standard entry fees (EUR 8,50). The Museum is located at Rothenbaumchaussee 64.
Please also note that you should plan to arrive in good time, due to restrictions / demonstrations / road closures in the context of G20.
Due to the short notice of this event, there is no catering planned but the Museum hosts a Restaurant for snacks and drinks. Larry will be happy to mingle and answer any questions you may have in that set up.
You can already learn more by watching this video about Larry´s undertakings.
We are delighted to invite you to an American Club dinner speech on Post G20-Reflections on the Transatlantic Relationship at the Park Hyatt Hamburg on Tuesday, September 12. Reception doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Consul General Richard (Rick) Yoneoka, our guest speaker, is the United States of America’s representative to the German states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The G20 summit last July put Hamburg in the spotlight of the world’s media; however, the focus of which mostly surrounded the events in the Schanzenviertel. But, what actually were the key results of the summit, and what is the current state of the relationship between Germany and the United States? After a year in Hamburg, Consul General Rick Yoneoka will give us some insights in his presentation.
The Consul General has been a career Foreign Services Officer since 1999. He has served as Charge d’Affaires in The Gambia, as the American “Petroleum Attaché” in Venezuela, and in Berlin as Ambassador Dan Coats’ Staff Assistant. Rick has a Masters Degree from the National Defense University – Eisenhower School, a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and German from Tufts University. He also graduated from the Department of State’s Advanced Economics Seminar. The Consul General is Honorary President of The American Club e.V.
Some information about Rick Yoneoka can be read in this article of the Hamburger Abendblatt. He told them it was his dream come true to come to Hamburg as Consul General.
The speech will be accompanied by a three-course meal and fine wine. Register* simply by replying to this email with your name(s), and kindly transferring payment of 35€ per member or 45€ per guest to:
The American Club of Hamburg e.V.
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