In the excellent article below. Dr Rajendra Pachauri articulates the reality of keeping within the bounds of the ‘One Planet Equation’ Unfortunately he also repeats the false mantra we continue to proclaim in the comment
He is quick to dismiss the suggestion that concerns over the recession should take priority over the environment. “We simply do not have the option of delay. But a lot of the actions we need to take now to reduce greenhouse emissions can also help revive the economy. They all have substantial co-benefits. That makes it worthwhile doing those things anyway” – whatever your view on climate change science. It’s something he believes the incoming US President grasps – he talks enthusiastically of Obama’s drive to “revive the economy by creating green jobs”.
When in reality there are no such things as ‘green jobs’ or a ‘conflict in the needs of business and the environment’ when faced with the need to continually reduce ‘the Resource Intensity of Society’ and the fact of ‘first law of sustainability’, that in a resource constrained environment, goods and services can only grow at the rate at which they can be dematerialized.
Our failure is in creating a tragedy of errors and misunderstanding over the past two decades and concentrating on our symptoms, rather than our addiction, the hugely profligate and ineffective use of energy and other resources.
“We have to start thinking out of the box” – Pachauri
The World’s leading climate change expert sees entrepreneurs at the forefront of the drive to tackle global warming. Interview by Martin Wright.
Innovation and enterprise are key to tackling global warming: without them, we will struggle to make meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases. That’s the view of the world’s leading expert on climate change, Dr Rajendra Pachauri.
“We have to start thinking out of the box,” he told Green Futures. Entrepreneurs who respond to the challenge will reap commercial success – while businesses which fail to do so face oblivion, he says. “There are opportunities in just about every sector of the economy,” from construction to energy to transport, added Pachauri, who, as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
Some of the innovations are small-scale in themselves, but have a tremendous collective impact – like solar power for Indian homes, which is transforming the quality of life of millions of the country’s rural poor, Pachauri says. At the other end of the spectrum are technical breakthroughs in areas such as sophisticated control systems which can dramatically cut energy consumption in buildings, or complete redesigns of every aspect of motor vehicles, from fuel and power trains to materials and IT.
Complete article at http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/articles/Pachauri_interview