Actor Edward Norton and Sir Richard Branson are among a number of prominent international environmental leaders who will be speaking at the third annual Six Senses SLOWLIFE Symposium held at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives from Oct. 6-9.
Edward Norton, an environmental campaigner, will be discussing the benefits the tourism industry can bring to local eco systems, wildlife and communities, using examples from large wildlife reserves that might otherwise be developed as mines or farms.
Sir Richard has been invited to talk about the challenge of a changing environment to his businesses and the need for Virgin to evolve rapidly to meet these changes as well as the steps he’s already taking in his business and through organizations like the Carbon Tax Room. This includes alternative fuel sources and new technologies to power Virgin’s trains and aircraft.
Both Sir Richard and Edward Norton will join President Nasheed of the Maldives, the symposium’s keynote speaker. Other guests include Sonu Shivdasani, chairman and CEO fo Six Senses Resorts and Spas.
Focus of the symposium will be on the role tourism can play in implementing “best practice” on both the local and global scale and how policy makers and business leaders can form an alliance, particularly to support small island states.