Energy is one of the primary concerns facing our Planetary Citizens today. More specifically - clean, efficient and sustainable energy production is critical to our future. In spite of the plethora of propaganda regarding 'Free Energy' or 'Zero Point' energy production, the public market has yet to see any significant technological results. The well-known philosophy of the corporatocracy, in energy production and distribution, the 'meter drop,' means that profit still comes before planet for now. Do we need to change that philosophy - "If we can't charge the public then it makes no business sense to develop the technology." How do we change? Can we create a different business model?
Planetary Citizens are faced with some major challenges in developing sustainable energy production that: 1) does not pollute the air, land and water; 2) does not rip apart the structures [atom] we don't fully understand; and 3) does not require ineffective infrastructures like high-tension wires. Billions of dollars in profits have gone to a realitively few as a result of the 'meter drop' philosophy of energy capitalists. The new sustainable energy business model was developed to invite investment and stakeholders now have the responsibility of a higher standard. This profit-driven practice is killing the planet. The US and China can't even sign the Kyoto Protocol. What kind of an example is that?
What we propose is the development of a network of shared technology that is transparent while creating a new value model. Sometimes old ways of doing things just don't work anymore and, for the planet's sake, need overhauling or rehabilitation. To 'habilitate' the people, places and things needed for the process to emerge as an organic and sustainable set of protocols we need people like you, your next door neighbor and the folks down the street to speak up. When a government or corporatocracy no longer serves people and planet, then it is our duty to demand change. Some even have the ability to contribute solutions. It is imperative we begin to act like a global society free of constrained response to humanitarian and planetary administration.
There are no easy answers to the dilemma we face as a global village. Planetary Citizens see this as an opportunity to grow a new living awareness that engages science and technology as contributors to systemic solutions and effective planetary resource management. The warning signs are clearly evident to the most casual observer; they are overwhelmingly clear to those who have been closest to the research and study of the various situations facing our evolving global society and environmental concerns.
Japan has said it would wean itself from nuclear power amid increased public concern over safety, after a massive earthquake and tsunami in March triggered the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years at the Fukushima Daiichi station.
To make up for the fall in nuclear power generation, Tokyo has said the country would boost power conservation and the use of renewable energy in its new medium-term portfolio for electricity.
But details are not yet clear on how and when to make changes that also have to meet Tokyo's ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels. Full Article...
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of union, an interdependent relationship and mutual responsible position with all living and non living things on earth. This philosophical interpretation moves well beyond definitions driven by progress oriented economic perspectives that see humans as providing stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time, a necessary precondition for human well-being. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems.
Healthy ecosystems and environments provide vital goods and services to humans and other organisms. There are two major ways of managing human impact on ecosystem services. One approach is environmental management; this approach is based largely on information gained from earth science, environmental science, and conservation biology. Another approach is management of consumption of resources, which is based largely on information gained from economics.
Human sustainability interfaces with economics through the social and ecological consequences of economic activity. Moving towards sustainability is also a social challenge that entails, among other factors, international and national law, urban planning and transport, local and individual lifestyles and ethical consumerism. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganising living conditions (e.g., ecovillages, eco-municipalities and sustainable cities), to reappraising work practices (e.g., using permaculture, green building, sustainable agriculture), or developing new technologies that reduce the consumption of resources.
Here's a collection of people, places and things in play:
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