UOG, GovGuam partner with Blue Planet Alliance on sustainability efforts

Apr 18, 2023

A heart attack gave tech entrepreneur Henk Rogers, founder of Blue Planet Alliance, a life reset.

He decided to use the fortune he made, in part out of developing video games and acquiring the rights to then-obscure Tetris, to sustain efforts to reverse climate change.

Rogers said he began strongly advocating against the use of carbon-based fuels, particularly because of predictions that humans are “going to kill all the coral in the world by the end of the century.”

Rogers shared his life story and advocacy as the keynote speaker last Thursday at the 2023 University of Guam Conference on Island Sustainability at the Hyatt Regency Guam.

Addressing climate change and biodiversity loss will be the defining ecological, political, and humanitarian challenge of our time, according to the recent article “Integrating biogeography and behavioral ecology to address biodiversity loss,” published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals. The article discussed how multiple sectors can work together to “modulate extinction risk.”

Based in Hawaii and New York, Rogers pushed for the adoption of Hawaii’s mandate for 100% renewable energy by 2045. Using coal and fossil fuel oil for power generation drives the high cost of living in Hawaii and low wages, Rogers said.

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