, Galyan joins Gore in global warming fight
...Galyan joins Gore in global warming fight
With one of Indiana's most recognized family names in business, Patrick Galyan
is a proven entrepreneur willing to take on a good challenge.Patrick Galyan, former CEO of the family-owned Galyan's Trading Co. sporting goods stores, has become an environmentalist intent on conserving millions of acres in Alaska. - Bruce C. Smith / The Star
motives to fight global warming aren't political.Rather, he
said during an interview at his
Eagle Creek-area home, he
wants to spread the message to other entrepreneurs and business owners that saving the environment is more than just good business.It is the future of our planet."Some people don't want to hear this.They say they don't want to be confused by the facts," Galyan
said."But as a citizen of the world, it is obvious that we have to change."He
took over the Galyan's Trading Co.
founded by his
parents several decades ago in Plainfield and built it to a growing force in retailing and sporting goods.The company was sold in 2004 to Dick's Sporting Goods.And when he stepped down as chief executive in 1997, Galyan didn't stop looking for more opportunities.Galyan
focused on preserving 40 million acres of Alaska from development.He works as a fundraising liaison for the international Conservation Fund, which buys land or the development rights with the intent of keeping from developers.
But then came Gore
's award-winning movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," which spells out his
arguments that people are one cause of global warming.And the carnage on the Earth caused by tiny temperature changes is preventable, if only the world would wake up.Galyan
is one of about 1,000 lecturers, including several Hoosiers, trained this spring by Gore
and others in the Climate Project based at Nashville, Tenn.
Armed with information, scientific data, charts and graphs that show the Earth is already suffering an unprecedented global increase in temperature, Galyan
is certified to present his
version of "An Inconvenient Truth."Certified in April, he's
begun talking to Indianapolis-area businesses, professional firms, libraries and other audiences.He
will speak at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Vogue nightclub, 6259 N. College Ave., Indianapolis."I relate to these audiences because they are filled with entrepreneurs like me.And they have fresh ideas and the power to spread the word even farther," Galyan
Much like the Gore
said the obvious evidence of global warming can be seen in the dramatic pictures of melting ice fields."And you see it all over the world, in the polar regions and glaciers, everywhere," Galyan
said."The evidence of warming is unmistakable, and it goes far beyond the cyclical events in Earth's history."Much like Gore
's presentations, Galyan points to the burning of fossil fuels as one of the causes of greenhouse gases that contribute to atmospheric warming."The point is, the Earth has limited resources to support us all," said Galyan
.For information about the presentations, Galyan
may be reached at >Read tomorrow's Hendricks County Star for more details.