UN Secretary-General’s remarks at Columbia University..”..for heaven’s sake, turn off the lights!”
Thank you for this great honour. I know that, through me, you are recognizing the efforts of tens of thousands of men and women who work across the world for peace, development and human rights.
The United Nations treasures its partnership with Columbia University. We are not just neighbours in New York; we are allies across the world.
I want to share two simple and short messages.
First, despite the dangers we face, remember that you are graduating into an era of wondrous opportunity.
We are appalled by war crimes in Syria and elsewhere.
We are outraged by racism and hatred, especially when voiced by politicians and would-be leaders who have a duty to bring people together, not drive them apart.
Technology has made us more connected. Our challenge is to be more united.
My second message is this: Now that you’re done with finals, help us meet the climate test.
Last month marked the seventh month in a row of the hottest global temperatures on record.
We have the historic Paris Agreement. You can help bring it to life.
Don’t vote for politicians who deny the problem.
Don’t buy products that aren’t sustainable.
And for heaven’s sake, turn off the lights!
Follow the advice of one of my teachers: Keep your head above the clouds, and your feet firmly on the ground. And move up, step by step.
That means: Dream big – but be practical.
With passion and compassion, you can build a world in which all people enjoy dignity and peace.
I wish you all great happiness and success.
Cambridge University electrical engineering professor Dr. M.J. Kelly concluded in a peer-reviewed journal article that attempts to fight global warming with green energy will impoverish the world.
The Monday article found reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions enough to actually slow global warming in a measurable way simply isn’t possible without significantly reducing standards of living by plunging most of the world into poverty, destitution and starvation.
“Over the last 200 years, fossil fuels have provided the route out of grinding poverty for many people in the world,” states the article. “This trend is certain to continue for at least the next 20 years based on the technologies of scale that are available today. A rapid decarbonization is simply impossible over the next 20 years unless the trend of a growing number who succeed to improve their lot is stalled by rich and middle class people downgrading their own standard of living.”
The article found current CO2 emissions aren’t falling rapidly enough to slow global warming largely because most public policy has focused exclusively on developing wind and solar power, which may actually increase emissions. Continued support for wind, solar and other forms of green energy like biofuel “represents total madness” as these energy systems don’t justify the massive costs of the subsidies required to support them.
hes going to save the planet and here is the advice:
just turn off your lights..oh..and hate all skeptics..
“Continued support for wind, solar and other forms of green energy like biofuel “represents total madness” as these energy systems don’t justify the massive costs of the subsidies required to support them.”
game plan in motion:
“attempts to fight global warming with green energy will impoverish the world.”