Sunday, March 31, 2024

🐣IMSPARK: Renewal in the Pacific: Springing Forward with Sustainable Leadership🐣

🐣Imagine Renewal in the Pacific: Springing Forward with Sustainable Leadership🐣

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific leaders embody the principles of sustainability, fostering a society that blooms with innovation, equality, and environmental stewardship.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Murphy, C. (2021). Leaders with a ‘sustainable mindset’ can help solve societal problems. World Economic Forum.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

In the spirit of Easter and the rebirth of spring, sustainable leadership in the Pacific represents a transformative force for societal renewal🌱. Leaders with a sustainable mindset, as highlighted by the World Economic Forum🌏, are those who see beyond immediate challenges and envision a future where business success aligns with societal and environmental well-being. 

This is crucial for the Pacific, where the delicate balance of ecosystems⚖️and the unique cultural heritage demand a leadership style that is inclusive, innovative, and forward-thinking. By embracing multi-level systems 💭, stakeholder inclusion, and disruptive innovation, Pacific leaders can navigate the complexities of modern challenges while ensuring the prosperity of their communities🏘️. The impact of such leadership is profound: it promises a springtime of opportunity, growth, and resilience for the Pacific region🌀, setting a global example of how to harmonize economic development with the natural world.


#SustainableLeadership,#Pacific,#Innovation,#CCA, #EcosystemManagement, #EnvironmentalStewardship, #CulturalHeritage, #Easter, #Renewal, #Spring, #SocietalTransformation,#GlobalLeadership,#IMSPARK,

Saturday, March 30, 2024

☀️IMSPARK: Resilient Pacific Islands Navigating Drought☀️

☀️Imagine... Resilient Pacific Islands Navigating Drought☀️

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific communities have mastered drought resilience, ensuring water security and sustaining their lush landscapes and vibrant cultures.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Rippey, B., & Heim, R. (2024). U.S. Drought Monitor. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific islands are facing a silent crisis: drought.💧 The U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest report reveals a worrying trend of increasing dryness across the region. This is a big deal because water is the lifeblood of these islands, supporting not just the people but also the unique ecosystems🌴that exist nowhere else on Earth. 

The Pacific Drought Resilience Initiative aims to combat this by implementing innovative water conservation techniques🌱, promoting sustainable agriculture, and enhancing community awareness and preparedness. The initiative’s impact goes beyond just addressing the current drought conditions; it’s about safeguarding the future of the Pacific islands🌊. By building resilience against drought, the initiative ensures that the Pacific communities can continue to thrive, preserving their way of life🛠️and the natural beauty that makes these islands unique.

#DroughtResilience, #WaterSecurity,#PacificIslands, #SustainableAgriculture, #CommunityPreparedness, #EcosystemPreservation, #ClimateAdaptation,#IMSPARK,#GlobalLeadership,

Friday, March 29, 2024

🌡️ IMSPARK: Resilient Islands: Pacific Communities Conquering Climate Heat🌡️

🌡️ Imagine... Resilient Islands: Pacific Communities Conquering Climate Heat🌡️

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific island nations have successfully adapted to extreme heat events through innovative community-driven initiatives and sustainable practices.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Vaidyanathan, A., Malilay, J., Schramm, P., & Saha, S. (2020). Heat-Related Deaths — United States, 2004–2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep, 69(24), 729–734.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific islands are on the frontline of climate change, facing increasing threats from heat-related events. The study “Heat-Related Deaths — United States, 2004–2018” highlights the urgency of addressing heat exposure🌞, which has caused an average of 702 deaths annually in the U.S. alone. For the Pacific🏝️, this underscores the need for robust heat preparedness and response initiatives. 

By leveraging traditional knowledge and modern technology🤝, Pacific communities can develop heat response plans, open cooling centers💧, and conduct outreach to increase awareness and resilience. This is crucial for protecting vulnerable populations and ensuring the sustainability🌱of their unique ecosystems and cultural heritage. The Pacific’s response to heat-related challenges can serve as a model for other regions, demonstrating the power of community action in the face of global environmental threats.


#ClimateResilience, #HeatPreparedness,#adaptation,#CommunityAction,#SustainablePacific, #EnvironmentalProtection, #CulturalHeritagePreservation,#IMSPARK,

Thursday, March 28, 2024

🧊IMSPARK: Protecting the Pacific from the Thaw🧊

🧊Imagine... Protecting the Pacific from the Thaw🧊

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where innovative geoengineering projects like insulating curtains have successfully stabilized critical glaciers, safeguarding Pacific island nations from rising sea levels.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Landymore, F. (2024). Scientists Propose Desperate Plan to Insulate Entire Doomsday Glacier. Futurism.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Thwaites Glacier, also known as the “Doomsday Glacier,” is melting at an alarming rate. It threatens to raise sea levels by two feet and destabilize the West Antarctic Ice Sheet❄️, which could lead to an additional 10 feet of sea level rise. This poses a dire threat to low-lying Pacific island nations🌏. 

The proposed plan to insulate the glacier with 62-mile-long curtains is a bold and innovative approach to climate change mitigation. While the $50 billion price tag is steep, it pales compared to the potential cost of inaction🌴. If successful, this geoengineering feat could buy precious time for the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to sustainable energy sources🌞. It’s a testament to human ingenuity and a call to action for global cooperation🛡️in the face of the climate crisis.


#Thwaites, #Geoengineering,#ClimateAction, #RisingSeas, #PacificProtection,#InnovativeSolutions,#GlobalCooperation,#ScienceFrontier,#IMSPARK,

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

🛰️IMSPARK: Harnessing High-Resolution Earth Observations for Pacific Sustainability🛰️

🛰️Imagine... Harnessing High-Resolution Earth Observations for Pacific Sustainability🛰️

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific island nations utilize cutting-edge Earth observation technologies to manage their natural resources with unprecedented precision, ensuring ecological balance and sustainable development.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Brocca, L., et al. (2024). A Digital Twin of the terrestrial water cycle: a glimpse into the future through high-resolution Earth observations. Frontiers in Science.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Digital Twin Earth (DTE) concept presents a transformative approach to environmental stewardship in the Pacific🌅. This technology creates a digital replica of Earth processes, allowing for real-time monitoring and simulation with remarkable detail. 

For Pacific island nations, where the balance of ecosystems is delicate and vital, DTE models offer a way to predict and adapt to environmental changes💧, such as climate change🌱. Integrating high-resolution satellite data with advanced modeling techniques means that decisions about water resource management, disaster preparedness, and land use can be made with a level of accuracy previously unattainable. 

The implications are vast: improved agricultural yields, better disaster response, and more effective conservation efforts. By embracing this technology🖥️, the Pacific can lead the world in sustainable living and environmental protection, setting a global example for precision conservation.

#DigitalTwinEarth, #Conservation, #SustainablePacific, #HighResolutionObservation, #ClimateChangeAdaptation, #CCA #EcosystemManagement #EnvironmentalStewardship, #GlobalLeadership,#IMSPARK,

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

⚗️IMSPARK: Oceans of Knowledge: Pacific Research Uniting Communities⚗️

⚗️Imagine... Oceans of Knowledge: Pacific Research Uniting Communities⚗️ 

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific communities are globally recognized as custodians of ancestral wisdom, leading the way in sustainable living and climate resilience.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

McElfish, P. A., Yeary, K., Sinclair, K. A., Steelman, S., Esquivel, M. K., Aitaoto, N., Kaholokula, K., Purvis, R. S., & Ayers, B. L. (2019). Best Practices for Community-Engaged Research with Pacific Islander Communities in the US and USAPI: A Scoping Review. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 30(4), 1302-1330.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Integrating traditional Pacific knowledge with modern scientific research holds immense potential for addressing global challenges🌏 such as climate change and sustainability. The Pacific islands🌊 boast abundant biodiversity and cultural heritage, encompassing a profound connection to the natural world.

By engaging Pacific communities in research🔬, we can unlock innovative solutions grounded in centuries of experience. This collaborative approach ensures that research is conducted ethically and beneficially🤝, respecting the values and needs of Pacific Islanders. It also empowers these communities by recognizing their contributions to science and valuing their perspective in global discussions. 

The impact of this is twofold: it preserves the cultural heritage of the Pacific and advances scientific understanding in ways that are culturally sensitive🌴and environmentally sound. This paradigm shift in research could set a precedent for how indigenous knowledge is incorporated into scientific endeavors worldwide

#Pacific,#SustainableFuture,#ClimateResilience, #CommunityEngagedResearch,#CulturalHeritage,#ScienceFrontier, #IndigenousKnowledge,#IMSPARK,#GlobalLeadership,

Monday, March 25, 2024

💻IMSPARK: Connected Communities: Bridging the Digital Divide in the Pacific💻

💻Imagine.... Connected Communities: Bridging the Digital Divide in the Pacific💻

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where every individual and community in the Pacific has equitable access to digital resources, fostering education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office. (2024). Hawaii Digital Equity Plan

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Hawaii Digital Equity Plan is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to bridge the digital divide in the Pacific, ensuring that all residents have affordable and secure broadband service🌐. This plan is significant because it addresses the diverse digital needs across the state, with a focus on underserved and rural communities🤝. By providing access to the internet and digital devices, the plan supports workforce development, economic growth, and quality healthcare through telehealth services. The anticipated federal funding for this plan will empower the Hawaii Broadband 📶 and Digital Equity Office to prioritize digital equity projects, which is crucial for building a digitally literate workforce and meeting the demands of an evolving global economy🌞. The plan’s comprehensive approach, developed through community engagement and public outreach, sets a precedent for other Pacific regions to follow🏝️, potentially transforming the entire area into a connected and digitally empowered community.

#HawaiiDigitalEquityPlan,#DigitalEquity,#PacificConnectivity,#InclusiveLiving,#Technology,#CommunityEmpowerment,#Telehealth, #EconomicOpportunity,#InternetForAll,#IMSPARK,

Sunday, March 24, 2024

🌏IMSPARK: Resilience in the Pacific Post-COVID-19🌏

🌏Imagine Resilience in the Pacific Post-COVID-19🌏

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific communities have overcome the challenges of COVID-19, emerging stronger with robust healthcare systems, sustainable economies, and preserved cultural identities.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Cha, L., Le, T., Ve’e, T., Ah Soon, N. T., & Tseng, W. (2022). Pacific Islanders in the Era of COVID-19: an Overlooked Community in Need. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 9(4), 1347–1356.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Pacific Islander communities, exacerbating pre-existing health disparities and socioeconomic challenges. 🩺However, the crisis has also sparked a remarkable display of resilience and unity🤝. Initiatives like the Pacific Resilience Foundation have mobilized resources, provided critical healthcare support, and ensured food security. This movement has addressed immediate needs and laid the groundwork for long-term recovery and resilience.🌱By integrating traditional knowledge with modern practices. These communities are pioneering a path to a resilient future. The impact extends beyond the pandemic, as these efforts also fortify the Pacific Islanders🌊against future crises, preserve their rich cultural heritage, and inspire a global narrative of hope and perseverance. This is a story of a community turning adversity into strength💪, setting an example for the world in the face of unprecedented challenges.

#PacificResilience,#HealthEquity, #CulturalPreservation,#SustainableFuture, #CommunityUnity,#GlobalLeadership,#IMSPARK,

Saturday, March 23, 2024

🌴IMSPARK: Sustainable Shores: Revitalizing Pacific Tourism🌴

🌴Imagine... Sustainable Shores: Revitalizing Pacific Tourism🌴

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific tourism is synonymous with sustainability, community empowerment, and cultural preservation, leading to a balanced ecosystem of travel that respects both nature and local traditions.

🔗 Link: 

Sustainable Pacific Tourism Alliance

📚 Source: 

Tolkach, D., Cheer, J., & Pratt, S. (2018). Tourism and development in the Pacific: possible or improbable? Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific islands, 🌊with their pristine beaches and rich cultural tapestry, are poised to redefine tourism by embracing sustainability🍃and community-driven development. The Sustainable Pacific Tourism Alliance is at the forefront of this transformation, aiming to balance economic growth with ecological🐠and cultural integrity. This initiative is pivotal as it addresses the challenges posed by traditional tourism models that often lead to resource depletion and cultural dilution. By involving local communities in decision-making and ensuring that tourism activities align with environmental conservation🌞and cultural celebration, the Alliance sets a new standard for the industry. The impact of this shift is profound: it not only safeguards the Pacific’s natural beauty and cultural heritage but also enhances the well-being of its residents and the experiences of visitors.🧭This approach promises a resilient tourism sector that can withstand global challenges like climate change and pandemics, ensuring that the Pacific remains a vibrant and welcoming destination for generations to come.


#SustainableTourism,#PacificPride,#CBED,#CulturalPreservation,#EcoTravel,#ResilientPacific,#IslandInnovation,#IMSPARK,#CulturalHeritage,

Friday, March 22, 2024

🌊IMSPARK.... a Pacific thriving with sustainable resilience🌊

 🌊Imagine... a Pacific thriving with sustainable resilience🌊

Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific region fully powered by clean energy, with ecosystems revitalized, supporting abundant marine life and sustainable livelihoods for all communities.

Link: 

Source: 

United Nations in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. (2023). Sustainable Development Goals. Retrieved from the United Nations website: https://pacific.un.org/en/sdgs

What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific islands are at the forefront of experiencing the adverse effects of climate change, despite contributing minimally to global emissions 🔋. Transitioning to renewable energy sources is not just an environmental imperative but a matter of survival for these communities. By harnessing the power of the sun🌞, wind, and sea, Pacific islands can achieve energy independence, reduce costs, and mitigate climate-related risks. The restoration of marine ecosystems is equally crucial🌴. Healthy oceans are vital for the Pacific way of life, providing food security, cultural identity, and economic opportunities through sustainable tourism and fisheries🐠. Achieving these goals would exemplify a global model for sustainable development, demonstrating that harmonious coexistence with nature is possible and beneficial. This vision for the Pacific could inspire nations worldwide to pursue a more resilient and equitable future for all.


#RenewablePacific, #OceanRevival,#SustainableFuture,#CleanEnergy, #MarineConservation,#ClimateAction,#PacificResilience,#IMSPARK,

Thursday, March 21, 2024

👣IMSPARK: community-led initiatives transforming sustainable development and cultural preservation👣

 👣Imagine... community-led initiatives transforming sustainable development and cultural preservation👣

Imagined Endstate: 

A thriving Pacific region where local communities lead the way in environmental conservation, economic resilience, and cultural enrichment, setting a global example for sustainable living and inclusive growth.

Link: 

Source: 

Cosa, M. (2023). Alternative walking tours by formerly homeless. Reason to be cheerful

What’s the Big Deal: 

Community-driven projects in the Pacific have the potential to create a significant impact, not just locally but globally.🌏 By empowering those who were once marginalized, such as the formerly homeless, to lead walking tours, we tap into a wealth of untapped knowledge and perspective.🎨These initiatives not only provide employment and a sense of purpose for individuals but also offer a unique insight into the cities and cultures of the Pacific🌊.

The aim is to break away from traditional tourism models, encourage diversity and inclusivity, and establish a stronger bond between tourists and the local community. This approach can be a catalyst for change, inspiring similar programs across the Pacific that leverage local expertise and narratives to drive social and economic development 💼while preserving the region's rich cultural heritage. Such transformative experiences can reshape perceptions, encourage responsible tourism, and contribute to a more equitable and sustainable future for all.


 #PacificPride #CommunityLead #SustainableTourism #CulturalInsight #Empowerment #InclusiveGrowth #InnovativeSolutions

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

🎥IMSPARK... A Pacific Filmmaking Revolution🎥

🎥Imagine... A Pacific Filmmaking Revolution🎥

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A thriving network of Pacific community-based filmmakers, whose stories and perspectives shape global narratives and drive social change.

🔗 Link:

📚 Source: 

MacLeod, K. (2022). The Pacific Community Filmmaking Consortium: producing pacific community-based films by Pacific filmmakers. Media Practice and Education, 23(2), 195-201.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific Community Filmmaking Consortium represents a significant leap forward in how stories from the Pacific are told and heard. By empowering local filmmakers🎬, the consortium is nurturing the region’s cultural heritage and addressing critical issues like gender inequality and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative is crucial because it provides a platform for authentic Pacific voices🌊to be amplified, ensuring that external interpretations do not overshadow their narratives 📣. 

The films produced are more than just entertainment; they are potent tools for education and advocacy, capable of reaching a global audience and influencing policy. The consortium’s approach is particularly impactful as it fosters sustainability in practice and development🌴, reflecting broader concerns of the region. It’s a model that could be replicated in other contexts, promoting a more inclusive and participatory media landscape. This is more than filmmaking; it’s about creating waves of change that resonate from the Pacific to the rest of the world🌏.

 

#PacificVoices, #CommunityFilmmaking, #CulturalHeritage, #SocialChange, #GenderEquality, #SustainableDevelopment, #GlobalLeadership

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

🌿 IMSPARK... Sustained Shores: Addressing the Sinking Cities🌿


🌿 Imagine... Sustained Shores: Addressing the Sinking Cities🌿


                                                                                                            (Ref: Visual Capitalist)

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where Pacific communities are safeguarded against the risks of sinking cities through innovative adaptation strategies and resilient infrastructure.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Visual Capitalist. (2024). Visualized: Which Coastal Cities are Sinking the Fastest? 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Coastal cities worldwide, including those in the Pacific, are facing the alarming challenge of land subsidence, exacerbating the risks posed by sea-level rise🌊. This phenomenon, often accelerated by human activities such as groundwater extraction and urban development🏙️, threatens the very existence of coastal communities. In the Pacific, where island nations are already vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the sinking of coastal cities adds another layer of urgency to the call for action🛠️. 

The big deal here is not just about the cities sinking; it’s about the lives, cultures, and histories at risk. It’s about the economic stability that could be undermined and the environmental havoc that could ensue🗺️. Addressing this issue requires a concerted effort to integrate land subsidence into climate adaptation plans, invest in sustainable urban planning, and develop technologies to monitor and mitigate the sinking. 🌐 The Pacific has the opportunity to lead by example, showcasing how communities can adapt and thrive in the face of such daunting challenges.

 

#PacificResilience, #SinkingCities,#ClimateChangeAdaptation, #SustainableUrbanPlanning, #EnvironmentalMonitoring, #CommunityAction,#IMSPARK,

Monday, March 18, 2024

IMAGINE PACIFIC SUPPORTS: IHP INCLUSION FOR COFA RESIDENTS IN MAUI


IMAGINE PACIFIC SUPPORTS

Ref 3/12/23 Letter from Senator Hirono 

Imagine Pacific Supports recent initiative urging FEMA to include Compacts of Free Association (COFA) citizens in wildfire aid programs, as outlined in the letter from Sen. Hirono dated 3/12/24, is an example of exceptional Global Leadership. Sen. Mazie Hirono's advocacy for the provision of COFA citizens to access FEMA programs that were impacted by this tragedy, like the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), is not only crucial for recovery after the devastating Maui wildfires, but it provides an example to the Pacific community they the U.S. leads by example illustrating care and compassion for vulnerable communities. Many COFA citizens have served in the U.S. military and contributed to Hawaii's service industry yet disconnected from federal assistance. Extending aid to COFA citizens impacted by wildfires is a step towards fairness and equitable treatment in times of crisis. It's progress toward rectifying past injustices and ensuring Hawaii’s at-risk residents receive the support they need.


 







 

 

Sunday, March 17, 2024

🌏 IMSPARK... Resilient Infrastructures: Sustaining the Pacific’s Lifelines🌏

🌏 Imagine... Resilient Infrastructures: Sustaining the Pacific’s Lifelines🌏


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific region where every community is interconnected through resilient infrastructures that are robust against natural disasters. 

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

UNDRR and CDRI (2023). Global Methodology for Infrastructure Resilience Review. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

These infrastructures support sustainable development🌱and ensure that essential services remain operational, even in severe weather events or other disruptions.🌊The Pacific region, characterized by its vast oceanic expanses and island communities, is particularly susceptible to climate change and natural disasters. < UNK> 🌀The Global Methodology for Infrastructure Resilience Review provides a comprehensive approach to assessing and enhancing critical infrastructure resilience🌉. 

By adopting this methodology, Pacific nations can ensure that their infrastructures are prepared to withstand disasters and contribute to their communities' sustainable and inclusive growth. 🛤️ This initiative is crucial for the Pacific’s future, as it aims to protect the region’s unique cultural heritage, bolster economic stability, and safeguard the environment.🌬️ The resilience of infrastructure is not just a matter of survival; it’s about preserving the way of life for the Pacific communities and enabling them to flourish for generations to come.

#ResilientPacific, #sustainabledevelopment, #UNDRR, #CCA, #InfrastructureResilience,#DisasterPreparedness, #ClimateChangeAdaptation, #CommunityResilience, #GlobalLeadership, #IMSPARK,



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Saturday, March 16, 2024

📊IMSPARK: Connected Roots: Data Empowering Pacific Communities📊

📊Imagine... Connected Roots: Data Empowering Pacific Communities📊

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where data-driven insights foster stronger, more resilient Native communities across the Pacific, bridging gaps and honoring heritage.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. (2024). Native Community Data Profiles Tool Connects Information on Native Places and People. Retrieved from minneapolisfed.org

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Native Community Data Profiles tool is a pivotal resource for understanding and supporting the diverse Native populations including those in the Pacific🌴. By consolidating data from various public sources, it provides a comprehensive view of the demographic, economic💼, and social landscapes of Native places and people. 🤝This tool is not just about numbers; it’s about stories, challenges, and aspirations. 

It can be used to help to highlight the unique experiences of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, often underrepresented in broader datasets. 🧭With this tool, policymakers, researchers, and community leaders can craft more effective, culturally sensitive programs and policies that address the specific needs of Native communities. 🌏It’s a step towards self-determination and sustainability, ensuring that the voices of Native Pacific Islanders are heard and their contributions recognized in shaping a vibrant future for the region. 


#NativeDataPacific,#CommunityEmpowerment, #CulturalHeritage, #DataForGood, #Pacific, #SustainableFutures, #IndigenousVoices,#IMSPARK, 


🌀IMSPARK: Resilient Communities - Pacific Islands Mapping a Safer Tomorrow🌀 (VIDEO)

🌀IMSPARK: Resilient Communities - Pacific Islands Mapping a Safer Tomorrow🌀  (VIDEO) 💡Imagined Endstate: Imagine a future where every Pac...