Committee of Recommendation
On this page, the Committee of Recommendation of Storm is presented. A Committee of Recommendation consists of people that publicly want to support Storm and its goals. By linking their name to Storm, a good and professional reputation of our association is being build. All of the member are either known in the world of politics, science or in the business world. They are strongly connected to sustainability, and therefore valuable for Storm.
We are honoured to introduce you to the following people:
Prof. Ir. Klaas van Egmond
As emeritus professor on Environmental science and Sustainability, I am still active within the university with respect to (guest) lectures, research in all fields of the sustainability issue and last but certainly not least, as ‘patron’ of the Study Association Storm. My role is to advise and support Storm where possible and necessary. Among other things, this might be to help them to find their way inside and outside the University. This is particular relevant as environmental and sustainability sciences by their very nature has to cover almost all disciplines. So although students still need to learn to specialize, increasingly they also need to learn to receive and process specialized information from others, within and outside the university. Herein, Storm plays an important role by organizing meetings and congresses and by creating more general educational activities that place the different disciplines in a broader context. Such a broader context is hard to learn from a textbook; it only gradually matures over the years. And that’s why an elderly, emeritus patron can be of some help to link the students with the many organizations and institutions which are active in the broader field.
(Emeritus) Professor of Environmental Sciences & Sustainability; Utrecht University
At this moment I am the CEO of Milieudefensie, which is an NGO working on sustainability in the Netherlands. In my daily work I am concerned with various campaigns that have the goal to make the world a more sustainable one. Our campaigns aim to create awareness about the impact people and organisations have on our environment. I think it is very important that not only NGOs make a case for a better environment, but other organisations should also emphasize the importance of sustainability. That is the reason why I think it is very good that study associations like Storm exist. They help to engage the next generation in one of the worlds biggest problems. We need to change our behaviour to make sure that future generations can enjoy the same quality of life as we did. Younger generations will play a crucial role in this transition towards a sustainable world. When we cooperate with each other we can successfully reach this target!
As co-founder of WakaWaka and several other companies with sustainability at their core, I have tried to contribute to the transition that is both necessary and urgent. A transition that is no longer a mere option up for debate, but an unavoidability one if (wo)mankind will want to preserve civilisation as we have been developing it over the last millennia. The time to act is now.
It is mandatory therefore that the present leaders in society come up with measures to save the ecosystems of this planet, and by doing so save civilization. It is no less important, however, that they also give the opportunity to the new generation to contribute to this development towards a sustainable society. Students play a vital role: they are the future leaders of the world. As part of the committee of recommendation of Storm, I hope to inspire these new students in actually finding new solutions and implementing them.
I am a Member of the European Parliament representing GroenLinks within the Greens/EFA group. As such I am a member of various committees that are involved with the environment, economic and monetary affairs and transport. We face that the depletion of resources, global climate change and extinction of animal species are all consequences of our current way of living. These cross border problems make it necessary for Europe to play an important role. It is therefore necessary to foster our planet and make sure that future generations will have the same quality of life as we are enjoying now. I try to achieve this goal in my daily work, by developing and implementing new policies on behalf of the European Parliament. However, this transition towards a sustainable society is not something that governments can do on their own. We also need more concrete actions on a local level which makes it necessary to stimulate people to change their behaviour. Therefore, Storm makes their members aware of the impact they have on the environment. It is very important that people understand the consequences of their actions. In Brussels we are striving to establish the right pathway towards a sustainable society, but we need organisations like Storm to get everybody along. Together we can make a difference!'
As former politician, Minister of Environment (VROM) and chair of the WWF in The Netherlands, I’m aware of the challenges humankind faces with regards to our living environment and I have worked towards tackling these challenges head on. In my current capacity as chair of the Klimaatberaad, the core organization involved with the Dutch Climate Accord, I am once again working with many others to provide a better future for the whole of society. However, in the end, this better future is something we all have to work on, a better future for all, by all. Therefore, I think organizations like Storm are able and crucial in reaching and engaging people, in this case students, to be actively involved in realizing this better future. We all have a part to play in the transition to a brighter future and Storm is doing just that!