President Jimmy Carter turned 99 on October 1, 2023. Our Director met the President on August 12, 1989, on a United flight from Portland to Denver. Sitting near him and his wife Rosalynn, the President asked to see the book he was reading: Biodiversity by E. O. Wilson. Our Director gave him the book and in return, Jimmy Carter signed [ironically] a disturbance bag that thanked him for the book. A discussion of Biodiversity followed. This meeting led our Director to establish The Habitat Institute in 1998. The Habitat Institute is a science and educational non-profit organization working to enhance and sustain habitats and their biodiversity through time, a necessary precondition for the well-being of mankind and our natural world.
President Jimmy Carter – What a decent person, honest statesman, and great role model for all of us!!!!