6 Questions towards Peace and Sustainable Development
2. How do you define adequate quality of life -- a decent living standard for all?
A: Sufficient clean water, food, shelter, sanitation/sewage, health care, communication, transportation, education, security, economics.
3. What is the technology that supports or enables each of the above systems to exist?
A: Energy, specifically electrical energy.
4. How do we supply electricity today?
A: By wires, generated from either renewable or non-renewable energy sources. In the developed world, supply is abundant, but energy sources are 80% from coal, oil, gas and nuclear -- causing the majority of global pollution. 2 billion people, one-third of humanity have no electrical energy. Unfortunately, the growing economies of India, China and Southeast Asia are following the same energy strategy as the wealthy nations.
5. How do we provide sufficient electricity for everyone in an ecologically sustainable way?
A: First, understand that there is no energy scarcity. The renewable energies (wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, tidal and biomass) are abundant far beyond our needs -- and several are now cost competitive. So, tap renewable resources in remote sites (where they are usually found), and move the power via high-voltage transmission lines, which now can reach 7000 kilometers, connecting nations and continents.
6. What would be the benefits of doing this?
The electrical interconnection of power networks between countries and continents, with an emphasis on tapping remote renewable energy resources.
A World Wide Web of Electricity tapping clean energy resources.
Walter Cronkite (See photo with endorsement)
Boutros Boutros-Ghali (See photo with endorsement)
Former Secretary General, United Nations
Affiliates in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand,
Singapore and United States.