A consensus workshop report on Global Climate and Economic Development
Synergy is possible. Small scale and locally managed renewable and clean energy technology can help reduce global emissions and meet the energy needs of rural communities, while reducing local pollutants and dependence on imported fuels. For example, the Philippines recently passed a renewable energy bill to promote the development, use and commercialisation of renewable energy from local resources, such as wind, solar, biomass and hydro. One local community, Panay Island, rejected a coal power plant and is taking a local stakeholder approach to planning its energy needs by drawing on local resources. A wind farm is currently under development. This renewable energy system will not only spur economic development, but also improve the health of the local community relative to a coal-burning system, which can emit harmful chemicals and GHGs.
Kuzma, J. and L. Dobrovlny, Eds., 2004: The global climate and economic development. A report from the Humphrey Institute workshop series on 'Climate Change and Sustainable Development Paths to Progress', Hurbert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs,
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Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.