While it is easy to understand why so many environmentally concerned people are fearful and pessimistic, these attitudes detract from the goal of improving our environment. Fear is well warranted, we are on the verge of a widespread ecosystem collapse and we have reached 400 ppm of atmospheric C02 in the arctic. However, rather than just ask how bad things are, we should be asking how we can best address the…
The drive to forge equitable, sustainable “green” economies and develop and deploy renewable energy and clean technologies are front-and-center in the media in the run-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in the iconic Brazilian city June 20-22. Three bits of essential reading, and reference, relating to global renewable energy growth and its role in sustainable development programs were released yesterday: the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century’s (REN21) 2012 “Renewables Global Status Report,” and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Renewable Energy Scorecard.”
More than 100 heads of state, ministers, development experts, civil society activists, business executives and UN officials from 39 small island developing states signed the Barbados Declaration, committing their governments to achieving ambitious renewable, sustainable energy for all goals.
It took three days of non-stop negotiating but UN climate change treaty delegates in Durban in the end managed to agree on the 3 major issues on the agenda. While there’s no shortage of criticism, the last-minute deal does pave the way for a legally binding UN emissions reduction treaty to go into effect in 2020, as well as setting up funding mechanisms and organizational structure for the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund.