Jana Light joins The Nature Conservancy team

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    Jana Light

HONOLULU — Jana Light has joined The Nature Conservancy as Senior Associate Director of Philanthropy (ADOP) and will lead philanthropic efforts for the Palmyra Program.

Light comes to TNC from the University of Hawaii Foundation, where she served as the ADOP for CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources), SOEST (School of Ocean, Earth, Science and Technology) and the Shidler College of Business.

“We are excited Jana is joining the Conservancy. She brings outstanding fundraising and relationship-building skills and a ‘culture of philanthropy’ mindset to our team,” said Lori Admiral, Director of Philanthropy.

Light shared that her work with the UH Foundation sparked her interest in science and her understanding about the connection between human wellbeing and a healthy environment. She said, “I am fascinated by and committed to doing what I can to advance the well-being of all humans, and I think climate change is the biggest threat facing our (and all) species. I’m excited to join a non-profit organization focused on the environment and that finds its work and solutions through a two-prong, blended focus on people and science.”

Previously, Light was a researcher, editor and writer in the office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Washington State University. Light holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Willamette University, and an MA from Boise State University, also in English Literature.

  1. Charlie Chimknee September 11, 2019 9:12 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    It is amazing to hear scientists talk about Climate Chnage.

    We know, of at least 2 types of Climate change so far…Global Warming and possibly another ICE AGE coming, apparently they’ve come and gone before, before humans even. Meanings humans weren’t the Cause of the Ice Ages

    We’ve never heard of the CAUSE of an ICE AGE, an ICE AGE in itself is just an EFFECT, during a time on Earth…it can also be called a Climate Change.

    This current Climate Change ,may be just another cyclic Change in world climate or since it is an EFFECT also, we are right to look for it’s CAUSE, considering humans are globally messing with nature.

    Some scientists and at least one President think Climate Change of the Global Warming type is just another opposite of an Ice Age…like they come and go…and no need deal with it.

    But in light of what’s happening on earth with dirty, rotten, stinking, filthy, toxic, irresponsible pollution of our air, water, land, and our own bodies, it seems appropriate we look for a CAUSE.

    The source of most pollution on earth comes from the recent (100 + years) use of petroleum and coal tars from oil wells and coal mines. These 2 Natural resources found in nature are similar in at least in one way, and that is, from them both, scientists can manipulate their chemical makeup or compounds and produce thousands of different things for use, like gas for transportation, tires for cars and even the road covering asphalt itself, not to mention all plastics, the poisonous chemicals on farms, the pills we take as medicine, many vitamins in our food, the chemicals you can read on food labels, and and even our polyester clothing.

    And that is just a tiny sampling of what can be done with oil and coal. It may be limitless and infinite the combinations that can be created out of oil and coal.

    The trouble is oil and coal are carcinogenic, cancer causing, as well as a monster of other problems. Some scientists believe it is possible shot all these chemicals flowing through human blood streams and into the brain can cause the brain’s nerve cells, the neurons, to interact as In “hay wire”, or crazy…and perhaps part of the cause of the mass shootings in America …who knows.

    At least we know that the fumes from petroleum and coal is saturating the air worldwide and contributing to global warming.

    But please don’t take my car away, I gotta go to LIHUE, and grandpa sold the horse years ago.

    Just what are we gonna do now that most of earth’s people have become dependent on petroleum and coal.

    Wait till we run out of oil and coal, or speed up the rate of alternatives like solar and wind,etc….?

    But we are dependent on so many other things, like medical drugs and. Food drugs. And poisons on the farms, what would we do without them, the only thing would be we would become healthier, and corporations would make less money.


  2. C b September 12, 2019 1:31 pm Reply

    Jana- you have made a professional blunder. Get out as fast as you can.

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