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 20 years of Green Cross International  – challenges for the next 20 years

In my everyday work, I have the opportunity to observe and compare the economic changes that have taken place over the years in developed and developing countries. When thinking about the future, I am prompted to say that without a global approach, there is little that can be achieved. It is much easier to act together for the common good and in accordance with the “Think Globally, Act Locally” principle.

Our times are hallmarked by rapid growth, deep economic crisis, and increasing social inequalities. If we are worried about our future generations, we must take into consideration the depletion of natural resources, and energy policies. Let us remember that conventional energy sources will be used up one day, and new technologies may offer us the only help to strengthen our economies. We must look for alternatives and make them the topic of a public debate. Let us not be content with mere discussions – let us act dynamically.

The Lisbon Treaty obliges us to embrace “energy solidarity” in all actions in respect of the European context. First of all, we should ensure energy security through implementing an innovative policy of energy generation and consumption, financing and fund management mechanisms, efficient development strategies, “clean” technologies, and finally, creation of a unified internal energy market.

In this respect, cooperation among governments, regional authorities, entrepreneurs and climate change research centres is indispensable.

To avoid problems with the energy balance in coming years, we should also strive to develop the “prosumer” energy sector, which would make it possible for everyone to contribute to energy generation and allow them to decrease household costs. With enough interest and commitment in such endeavors from Poles, Europeans and the whole world, we may achieve very good results.

It is crucial that there be a complex analysis of the current law, which is important for the development of business. We should, above all, aim to make the Polish economy more innovative and competitive, with high growth ratio, generating new jobs and the changed consumption and production patterns.

This year, Poland is hosting the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19/CMP9). It is a great challenge for us. Poland has the chance to lead the negotiations to set new directions for the international actions.