O c t o b e r  2 0 1 2 — Volume 20, Issue 10
The GENI-us Letter

Plan A for Sustainability: UN launches Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Dear GENI Friend,

Every year the Earth Institute of Columbia University hosts a State of the Planet conference to assess our global condition and future prospects.  Hosted by noted economist Jeffery Sachs, the recent event offered a sobering reality – ‘the state of our planet is grim.’  All three aspects of sustainability -- economic development, social justice and environmental management -- have barely improved, or have worsened, in the recent decades.

Three Sphere of Sustainability - http://www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu/cms/files/sustainability_spheres.pngOn the most vexing issue of climate change, the experts highlighted the challenge.  Dr. James Hansen noted that timescales are “longer than human memory and longer than terms of political office.”  And Dr. Lisa Goddard stated,“human experience is largely local, and it’s hard to notice a global trend.”

In cooperation with the United Nations, the Earth Institute will act as Secretariat for the new United Nations Sustainable Development Network – to become a hub for all universities and NGOs working on these issues.

We offer the World GameTM mission as a foundation for this effort:

“How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?”

Business-as-usual isn’t working.  The premier solution, "Plan A" for our Planet, is the rapid development of renewable energy resources in every nation, on every continent and interconnecting them using high-voltage transmission to cities and industry.  That’s a Plan for Sustainability.

In partnership for the planet,

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Peter Meisen


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