M a r c h  2 0 1 8 — Volume 26, Issue 03

GENI-us Letter 2018-03

Global Risk Report 2018 — Getting Our Priorities Right

Dear GENI Friend,

With so many pressing concerns, how do we assess what's truly important? If we merely respond to the most recent crises, it’s clear that another will follow along soon: Hurricanes Sandy and Harvey, droughts in South Africa and Australia, famine in the African Sahel, bird flu and Ebola and multiple Middle East wars.

Along with Harold Kroto and Robert Curl, Nobel Chemistry Prize Laureate Richard Smalley (right) was honored for discovering the Carbon 60 structure Buckminsterfullerene, the "Buckyball." This award enabled Dr. Smalley a platform to express his global concerns and "Top 10 Problems of Humanity for the next 50 years" — in order of importance:

  1. Energy
  2. Water
  3. Food
  4. Environment
  5. Poverty
  6. Terrorism & War
  7. Disease
  8. Education
  9. Democracy
  10. Population

Energy for all was his highest priority as it is fundamental to all other human systems. Sufficient energy would enable a city/community to pump and filter (or desalinate) clean water. Energy plus water allow us to grow food for all. With these three needs met, we can address our environmental problems, then poverty. Smalley said ‘solving each social problem in succession builds the structure for the next challenge.’

Every year, global business leaders gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. It's an exclusive event that enables corporate titans to hear from policy-makers, financial experts and thought leaders on the key trends and issues of our time. Their Global Risk Interconnected Map is an infographic of our complex global issues, their relative magnitude and potential impact.

Just as with Dr. Smalley, you can see that getting energy for all affects food and water systems directly. Linking clean/renewable energy provides the platform for everything to build upon. 

100% renewable energy for your city, state and nation is the goal — and many leaders already exist.

In Partnership for the Planet,

Peter MeisenGENI's 25th Anniversary Seal -- 1987-2012
Peter Meisen, President

P.S. You can step up today:
Volunteer your time. Contribute to GENI.  Take the 100% Renewable Pledge

P.P.S. GENI honors the life & work of our friend, Jay Baldwin Jay Baldwin Tribute

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