The Academy had the privilege at the Rio+ 20 Summit, this past June of coordinating a major panel with many distinguished speakers of different ages. This was a great ‘happening’ for those who came from all over the world to the recent UN event. The gathering of world leaders and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) focused on the most explosive issues facing the survival of humanity. Whereas the first Rio Summit, 20 years earlier, allowed only one voice of the vast numbers of tribes in the Amazon to speak, this Summit heard the colorful sounds of indigenous youth and leaders in our presentations of music and film reports (see our Keys of Enoch® Group on ‘facebook’).
Shaping green economies and sustainable communities is one of the most important challenges of our time. Coping with this effectively, however, requires innovative thinking and strong collaboration across borders and sectors. It also requires the sharing of solutions. The work of the Academy in Brazil and South Africa highlights leading sustainable energy and climate-related solutions on a local scale.
At the Summit we also had the opportunity to visit the many country-sponsored pavilions, and we were most impressed by the energy exhibits of Germany and Japan, as well as the energy-efficient waste management programs of Finland. Every European Union citizen produces an average of more than 500 kg of waste per annum, most of which goes directly into landfill, but the community of Lahti, Finland, sees waste as an opportunity. Their ambitious project KYVO2, Waste to Energy, aims to provide the city with electricity and heat generated from recycled waste this very year, 2012. The concept will dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels, emissions and help the growing need for transportation, as well as the disposal of waste.
For years, Lahti has been a Finnish pioneer in sorting and recycling waste. No less than 94% of the waste produced in the city is recycled, compared with the national average of around 50%. Local people’s willingness to sort their rubbish has been one of the driving forces behind the KYVO2 initiative as a model to other countries seeking a true Green economy.
All in all, the rich discussions at the Rio Summit yielded many valuable lessons learned and important solutions for recovery and regeneration of a sustainable new society. We must prepare for this as we face the major challenges of the 21st Century, knowing that “we” and not the governments are the first line of defense and the “ground truth” needed for both recovery and regeneration in our ‘planetary house’ within the House of Many Mansions.
— J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Summer/Autumn 2012, Series 6 Volume 10
Earth in Crisis: Emerging Visions on Planetary Shift, Part 1
Joost de la Rive Box
Tischrede: Environmental Strategies and Youth vs. the Economy of Greed
J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D. and Desiree Hurtak, Ph.D.
Earth in Crisis: Emerging Visions on Planetary Shift, Part 2
Joost de la Rive Box