Sustainable Development is Not Possible Without Sustainable Energy
Dear GENI friend,
This month marks the 20th Anniversary of the Earth Summit, and world leaders are convening at Rio+20 to address the pressing energy, water, pollution and development issues of our planet. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) has targeted 90 specific goals, and so far only 4 have achieved real progress: reducing ozone pollution, removing lead from fuel, increased access to clean water and research to protect the marine environment. Little or no progress is seen on 24, including climate change, fish stocks, desertification and drought.
The UNEP released its latest report GEO-5, a Global Environmental Outlook, prior to the Rio+20 conference to spur action on the unfinished business. The report states that,
"If humanity does not urgently change its ways, several critical thresholds may be exceeded, beyond which abrupt and generally irreversible changes to the planets' life support could occur."
UNEP Director Achim Steiner, who has endorsed the GENI initiative, said, "The GEO-5 report reminds us why a decisive and defining transition towards low-carbon, resource efficient, job-generating Green Economy is urgently needed."
This year UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon (above) launched the "Sustainable Energy For All" initiative stating, "Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equality and environmental sustainability." This sounds a lot like the GENI message for the past 25 years!
Here at GENI, we are ramping up our efforts. We have 50 international interns this summer working to drive the clean energy agenda on all continents. We invite you to share in this work by visiting us in San Diego, watching us online and supporting our students with a financial grant to GENI. They are making a huge difference and we invite you to do the same.
We proudly share this with you, as your financial support makes our work possible.
In partnership for the planet,
p.s. Join us in San Diego this summer for the lunchtime series: "High Noon - 20 Global problems and 10 Years to Solve Them" - invite your friends and register for the San Diego event through our website, www.wrsc.org or join us Live online at: www.ustream.tv/channel/wrsc