The Slow Life Symposium - founded by the Indian-British entrepreneur Sonu Shivdasani and his wife Eva and Chaired by Sir Jonathon Porritt - is not like any other conference that I have ever been to.
Jet-setting around the world isn't what it used to be. While the travel industry is still contributing to pollution and a global CO2 footprint, the world of travel is slowly undergoing a transition that sees the industry on a path to treading more lightly.
Teaching the local Maldivian children about protecting the ocean seemed the most effective first step in encouraging a new generation of environmental stewards. We recognise that we do not protect what we don't care about, and we do not care about things we do not know.
I've been an advocate of banning plastic bottles for a long time. In October 2008, we banned imported bottled water at the Soneva resorts and took the decision to bottle our own drinking water in reusable glass bottles.
We had a whole series of wonderful mini-presentations from participants - and there were only two rules: no Powerpoint, and take it for granted that everyone else already knows just how dire the situation is out there. Instead of first wandering around forlornly in the bad stuff, cut straight to the good stuff - and stick with it!
We have just kicked off our fourth SLOW LIFE Symposium and I look forward to three days of serious and interesting discussions with a group of some of the most influential minds in sustainability.