The challenges we will face in the coming years because of climate change and its impacts upon our insecurity will be great. We know that the industrialized model developed countries have used over the last 150 years isn't sustainable. The changes we need to make in society are immense.

Some people talk about environmental technology being the next wave after the information age. It's clear that we will need new technology and we will have to test many new ideas; but perhaps the largest changes will have to be in ourselves. We need to recognize that only by working together, people, communities and nations can stand any chance of creating a sustainable planet for all.

We will need great leaders who can help us through these difficult times. I am reminded of the words of former South African President Nelson Mandela in his biography Long Walk to Freedom:

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.

Energy Consumption Challenge of the Industrialized World: An Overview of German Climate Policy

Sigmar Gabriel

Climate change is potentially more dangerous than all the conflicts put together. (Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, 1 March 2007)

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