The war with Iraq has begun
and the world is divided. We can only hope that the conflict is short
and that fears of more terrorism are unrealized. Many national economies
remain weakened as these uncertain times persist.
The root cause of so many conflicts
arise from the rich/poor gap that exists around the world. This imbalance
is exacerbated by the unequal distribution of resources between nations.
Natural systems of rivers, forests, minerals and arable land are blind
to political boundaries. Yet nations claim rights to all of those resources
within those map lines. As in any random distribution, some regions are
blessed with abundance while others must deal with scarcity.
The "market" is meant to deliver
capital, labor, goods and services in the most efficient manner
yet it clearly has not been sufficient. There must be a better way.
For years, the Worldwatch Institute has been a leader in global education
offering numerous reports on global issues, trends and strategies.
Attached is a letter
from their President Christopher Flavin, discussing the root causes
of conflict in the Gulf region. Two-thirds of the world's oil lies beneath
that desert, in a world that is addicted to oil for its societal needs.
Even when this present war ends, the resource imbalance remains. In two
decades, experts predict wars over water in the Middle East.
We believe the only way out
is to have all nations develop the renewable energy potential in their
own regions. GENI's research shows that every continent is blessed with
at least three of the six prime renewables: hydro, wind, solar, geothermal,
tidal and biomass. When linked together, there is more than enough renewable
energy to meet the needs of every nation.
GENI will be hosting a Global
Game event (the "Global Situation Room") with the charter school
High Tech High next month. This simulation seeks answers to make the world
work for everyone. Our goal is to turn the event into an ongoing curriculum
so students see options for a world beyond war.
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