Aissa Derhem
Today we celebrate human ingenuity and the path to a different future for this planet: a living planet that nurtures billions of species, and is a system of extraordinary precision. However, the intelligence that has made it possible for us to glimpse such richness and beauty, and to understand a sliver of its complexity, is also the intelligence that has led us to an excessive exploitation of resources taking us to the brink of destruction, for us and for other species.

This 22nd edition of the Conference of Parties is an opportunity for us to mitigate the harm that humans have incrementally caused since the invention of the first steam engine in the 18th century. Accumulation of greenhouse gas and excessive exploitation of natural resources have brought about rising temperatures and led to a loss of biodiversity, affecting flora and fauna, while also causing serious levels of pollution.

But if human intelligence has led us to this uncertain horizon, it should also be able to design a way out of it. The idea behind COP is not only to create the legal framework for this action, but also to research and invest in alternative resources in order to care for the world and live in harmony, as has the human species for millennia.

And during these millennia, long before the advent of the age of the Anthropocene, we lived in small and medium scale communities. And although our quest for technological advancement is noble, our ambitions have been too consuming, and today we are facing dire ecological consequences. Since the 1992 Conference in Rio, the paradigm to act locally and think globally has been presented as a scalable way of thinking. For us at Dar Si Hmad, this paradigm of local-global is embodied in our fog project, a project that takes advantage of an abundant local resource and uses it to create a method for adapting to climate change (in this case, droughts), in an innovative way. The work we have done, and that we hope will be duplicated, considers the value of thinking and acting within a holistic framework. Our fog project was awarded the UNFCCC Momentum for Change prize, and has been recognized in Morocco and abroad.

We invite you to follow us and to support our efforts. Our educational mission is based on the importance of the environment and prosperity in all our communities; this is a simple example, but one where the impact has been tremendous. Thank you all.

Aissa Derhem
Written in September 2016 - President