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Global Ecosystem Report: resource use is not sustainable
GENI endorsements from Directors of UNICEF and IUCN

Dear GENI Friend,

2005 could be a pivotal year for the planet. Prime Minister Tony Blair will be chairing the G-8, saying his emphasis will be on climate change and African development. This will require the eight leading economies to review their commitments on these pressing challenges. Then in September, the United Nations will be hosting its review of the Millennium Development Goals agreed by the world leaders in 2000.

Just as we go to the doctor for a health check up, the global experts check the natural systems of our world for any signs of stress. Their diagnosis is grave and hopefully a wake up call for us all. The report title bluntly states our unsustainable habits, Living Beyond our Means: Natural Assets and Human Well-Being. Two critical services — fresh water and capture fisheries can no longer meet current usage let alone future demands.

The Millennium Assessment Report reiterates that the world= s poorest people suffer the most from these ecosystem shifts. Those who have no energy services often walk miles every day for firewood and water that is usually not potable. Where is the outrage in our society of wealth and privilege?

We are honored by two recent endorsements of the GENI Initiative by Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF and Achim Steiner, Director General of IUCN, the World Conservation Union. These organizations see our world through the eyes of a child and environmental preservation — and both see linking renewables around the world will also advance their own goals. The doctor's report is in, and we need to change our habits now.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. So much of GENI's good work is driven by interns from around the world. Our hearty thanks go to Junji Hayashi, Ethan Kaufman, Will Leung, Anke Mittelstaedt and Kyoko Okita.

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The Global Energy Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.

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