According to the UN (1987) Report, sustainable development is ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. In the age of resource scarcity and global climate change, this concept of sustainable development is crucial in our lives.
Although the report warned of the need for a policy change over 20 years ago, the world is, in reality, now facing challenging environmental issues with ever increasing energy consumption in a business as usual energy policies. In fact, current energy policies are not even capable of meeting the present needs in some part of the world; for example, in India, electricity demands exceeded the supply and 300 million people were affected by massive electricity blackout in 2012. Also, oil spills such as BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 significantly diminish the availability of finite resources.
- Climate change prevention, adaptation, mitigation
- Protecting the most vulnerable from risk
- Ensuring the future of small island states
- Quickly reducing carbon per capita globally to 2 tonnes in the next 5 years and zero soon after
- Limiting and reversing climate change
- Moving to renewable energy sources
- Professor Graciela Chichilnisky, Founder of Kyoto Protocol, USA and Columbia
- Michelle Gale De Oliveira, Brazil
- Ryota Koike, author of forthcoming book on Energy and Green Economics, Japan
- Miriam Kennet, CEO of The Green Economics Institute
- Kristina Jociute, Macroeconomist from Lithuania
- Hans Kare Flo, Research Specialist, Tekna Hi Tech Trade Union, Norway
- Dr Vyacheslav Potapenko, Nuclear energy specialist, Ukraine
We are calling for speakers. If you would like to speak at
this conference please submit a paper or abstract.
We will also launch our new book Green Economics – The Greening of Energy Policies for the 21st century in the post Chernobyl and Fukishima Era.