By Barbara Unmüßig and Lili Fuhr and Thomas Fatheuer – January, 2016
The authors call for radical realism and the courage to recognize the complexity of the global crises. They assert that the key will be to keep advancing the project of the modern era while taking our current knowledge of the planet’s boundaries and a vision of broad democratic participation and the end of poverty and injustice into account.
By Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition – October, 2014
Aniol Esteban: NEF and the GEC share similar visions. A healthy economy is one that brings social justice and wellbeing, within the ecologic limits of the planet. Our current economy prevents us from getting there. So unless we change the economic system we won’t get there. This is not about making minor corrections or tinkering. This is about a fundamental change.
This year sees the launch of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon creating a high-level group to mobilize action. We support the goals of this initiative but – like other observers – we feel it requires more ambition and focus. Key priorities should be reducing poverty through access to modern energy services, and ensuring equitable access to electricity and consumption of energy resources (such as gas, oil and biomass).
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