Lester Brown on Plan B 3.0 for winning a safe climate

July 18, 2009 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Below US ecologist Lester Brown explains the key elements of his newest version of his book Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.

You can download the first version of Plan B from the Earth Policy Institute website for free.

The Plan advocates cutting 80% of emissions by 2020. He argues the kind of transition is necessary, and completely possible with the present industrial capacity of the world today, if there is the political will to act.

In one example, he points out that coal amounts to 40% of energy today. To replace coal-fired power with wind power we would need to build 1.5 million wind towers in a decade. Sound like a big ask? Not when the world produces 65 million cars every year.

I also endorse his comments on stabilising population growth – there is no way to do this without eradicating poverty worldwide. Ending poverty cannot be separated from genuine ecological aims.

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Entry filed under: Lester Brown, Population, poverty, renewables.

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