Meeting The Global Energy And Climate Challenges To Human Society

If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?

Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?

Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs - and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?


Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all. We must increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.  

Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

Let us join together with people of like spirit, heart, and mind to play each role in meeting these unprecedented challenges to our planet and our selves. 

We invite you to come and check out a couple of hopeful and optimistic energy and environmental systems experts at our IEN Monthly Symposium on November 1st, when we will provide some technically-sound scenarios that offer a plausible pathway by which all humankind can meet these challenges and win a world far better than most people have imagined.

There will be a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. Then for those who are ready to hope and to implement action initiatives, we invite you to join us in helping to design a local faith-based effort to lead on climate solutions. 

A lot of work will be involved, as will a lot of joy. That’s right: It’s serious business, but as long as it is joyful and fulfilling in the doing, a lot of people all over the world will want to get in on it!

Bob Murray & Joep Meijer, edited by Chris Searles 

 


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