Combating poverty with environment-friendly energy
One of the two main topics in Rio 2012 is green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The challenges towards a greener economy and a sustainable society are many, especially in developing countries. Even though the climate gas emissions have been and still are highest in the richer countries, climate change will hit the developing countries hardest.
A greener economy is essential for minimizing climate risks, for reducing poverty and improving global health. Is it possible for the developing countries to skip the pathway of polluting industries, as the western countries have done, and pursue economic development in a sustainable manner? Can renewable energy, energy security, and smart green technology be used as a component for development in developing countries? The speakers in this session will explore this theme.
- Helen Marquard: Director the SEED- initiative
- Shrashtant Patara: Vice President, Development Alternatives, and CEO of the TARA Livelihood Academy, Development Alternatives
- Dr Poul Engberg-Pedersen: Managing Director of IUCN
- Mareike Krautheim: Architect and Researcher and Ralf Pasel, Design for very limited resources