19 Apr '11, 9pm

Lester Brown on a global green economy: ‘Let no man say it cannot be done’

Lester Brown on a global green economy: ‘Let no man say it cannot be done’

America was able to convert from a peacetime to a wartime economy at a stunning speed. We need an economy for the 21st century, one that is in sync with the Earth and its natural support systems, not one that is destroying them. The fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy that evolved in Western industrial societies is no longer a viable model -- not for the countries that shaped it or for those that are emulating them. In short, we need to build a new economy, one powered with carbon-free sources of energy -- wind, solar, and geothermal -- one that has a diversified transport system and that reuses and recycles everything. We can change course and move onto a path of sustainable progress, but it will take a massive mobilization -- at wartime speed. Whenever I begin to feel overwhelmed by the scale and urgency of the changes we need to make, I reread the ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-04-19-let-no-man-say-it...

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