Conference: From Global Warning to Global Policy
Green Cross International calls for a “radical transformation” towards a more equitable and healthy global society
From the 28-29 March 2008, representatives from parliaments and other political institutions, science, education, and global civil society, business and finance from different continents, and professionals ranging from research to action, attended the conference “From Global Warming to Global Policy”.
The conference was hosted by the World Political Forum and the Club of Rome and was chaired by President Mikhail Gorbachev. It gathered representatives from parliaments and other political institutions, science, education and global civil society, business and finance from different continents and from professional interests ranging from research to action. It focused on “the underlying causes of our inability to take effective action to avert the intensifying problems which threaten sustainable development and peace and, indeed, the future of our civilization”. Green Cross International was represented by its President Alexander Likhotal.
Participants discussed strategies to avert irreversible change in world systems, brought about by accelerating climate change, the ecosystems crisis, the depletion of energy resources and the diminishing availability of water, the degradation of environments across the world, persistent poverty and deprivation and the rising gulf between rich and poor within and between countries.
The core message of A. Likhotal was that without resolute counteraction, climate change will overstretch many societies’ adaptive capacities within the coming decades. This could result in destabilization and violence, jeopardizing national and international security to a new degree. However, climate change could also unite the international community, provided that it recognizes climate change as a threat to humankind and soon sets the course for the avoidance of dangerous anthropogenic climate change by adopting a dynamic and globally coordinated climate policy. If it fails to do so, climate change will draw ever-deeper lines of division and conflict in international relations, triggering numerous conflicts between and within countries over the distribution of resources, especially water and land, over the management of migration, or over compensation payments between the countries mainly responsible for climate change and those countries most affected by its destructive effects.
He further focused on the possibilities of solar energy as a safe solution to a multitude of problems including energy security, ever-increasing energy consumption and climate change and presented the GCI Solar Fund initiative.