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Newsletter - 06/2008
Dear Friends! 2008/11/04
Can change happen? Yes, it can! The World Future Council is proud to announce two notable achievements regarding our efforts to implement best renewable energy policies around the globe.
From the start, the WFC Expert Commission on Climate and Energy has developed a two-pronged approach to help employ these policies. On the one hand, the WFC offers an online tool-kit to help policy makers devise effective renewable energy laws. On the other hand, the WFC is actively involved in organizing workshops and expert meetings at international conferences to inform about cutting-edge renewable energy policies and how to best put them into practice.
As a result of recent extensive WFC on-location-efforts aimed at US utility executives and policy makers, Hawaii and Gainesville, Florida, now plan legislation that pays cash to producers of renewable energies – whether they are homeowners, farmers, or small businesses. As of July 2009, Hawaiians are scheduled to profit from the benefits of renewable energy payments if they feed wind- or solar-based electricity into the grid. Gainesville will enjoy the same advantages even earlier – there, the city plans to implement Renewable Energy Payments by January.
Both examples prove that moving away from fossil fuels is in fact possible at the necessary speed if lawmakers and opinion leaders demonstrate the will to do so. The WFC will continue to work on making this happen.

With best regards from the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Secretariat,

Herbert Girardet
WFC Co-Founder and Director of Programmes

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David Krieger, Member of the WFC Executive Committee

"Sign the appeal to the new US president for a nuclear-weapons free world!"

To read more about and by David Krieger, click here.

Commission Briefs
Cities and Climate Change
On October 9, the WFC Expert Commission on Cities and Climate Change had its first official meeting in Hamburg, Germany. The Commission, which is co-sponsored by Hamburg’s HafenCity University (HCU), consists of 20 WFC and international experts. The Commission develops city planning methods designed to counteract the adverse effects of climate change and seeks to help implement best renewable energy policies.
The Commission bases its work on the fact that cities are currently home to half the world’s population – and are threatened with ecological collapse unless governments enact immediate measures to introduce renewable energies on a global scale.

Energy and Climate
The WFC Expert Commission on Climate and Energy convened in London to discuss the increasing tasks of the WFC climate campaign. Key issues were the WFC participation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Poland in December, the question of an international renewable energy power grid between Europe and North Africa (“supergrid”), the goal of reducing Co2 concentration in the atmosphere to 350 ppm, and the negative impact of drilling in the Arctic.
WFC recommends renewable energy as key for sustainable development in Africa - read more about it here.

Read more about the WFC's Climate and Energy campaign here.
    Notes from the Council
Councillor Maude Barlow:
"Water: It is not a commodity to buy, sell or trade. It is a human right."

It is a very great honour to be appointed an advisor on water issues to Miguel d'Escoto, the new President of the UN General Assembly. Father Miguel is determined to use his term in office to highlight the impacts of the global water and food crises on the poorest people in the world and bring their case to the heart of the UN itself.

There is a mighty contest now taking place around the world as the earth's water supplies are dwindling rapidly. The issue is one of control: who will make the decisions around water - citizens and their elected governments - or the private sector? Is water a commodity like running shoes to be sold on the open market or is it a commons, a public trust and a human right? This is not a semantic debate. You cannot buy, sell or trade away a basic human right.

The United Nations, while it has undertaken some groundbreaking research on the global water crisis, has largely been silent on the issue, although the two "sides" can both be found within the institution. Recently, the Human Rights Council started the process toward developing a convention on the human right to water, a move strongly supported by myself and President d'Escoto.

The world is running out of clean fresh water. Every day, more children die of water-borne disease than of HIV/AIDS, war and traffic accidents put together. It is urgent that we establish a set of principles around the basic right to water for life. While there is an important role for the private sector in creating innovative answers to this crisis, water must be protected for people and nature as a public trust forever.
To learn about all current councillor activities, click here.
Top upcoming WFC Events
After extensive preparation, the WFC is proud to announce the opening of its EU liaison office in Brussels with EU policy expert Dirk Hendricks at the helm. This will enable the WFC to effectively advise and steer the debate on WFC issues such as climate, energy, and future justice at the heart of where EU decisions concerning millions of people are made. Similarly, the WFC continues to inform governments about policy alternatives to fossil fuel based economies by spreading the word in Eastern Europe. With the upcoming UN climate conferences in Poznan and Copenhagen expected to give key directives for future energy policies, the WFC will continue its campaign for the international implementation of extensive renewable energy schemes, this time with a focus on the Eastern European region.
November 11-12, 2008
EU Workshop on Renewable Energies for the New Member States, Prague

In November, the European Commission will hold a conference aimed at sharing knowledge about the deployment of renewable energies with new EU members and candidates from Eastern Europe. Policy Officer Axel Bree will represent the WFC at this crucial meeting on a panel discussion. He will outline the effectiveness of the different renewable energy incentive schemes.

December 2, 2008:
WFC Brussels Office Launch

An evening reception will be held in the MEP Salons of the European Parliament on Tuesday, December 2, at 6 pm to celebrate the launch of the WFC office in Brussels.
WFC EC Chair Bianca Jagger, councillor Anders Wijkman and WFC Founder Jakob von Uexküll will address the most urgent topics to be discussed at the UN climate conferences in Poland and Copenhagen and under the EU climate and energy package.
The evening reception will provide the opportunity to engage in a cutting-edge debate on feasible and viable solutions for tackling climate chaos with internationally renowned experts and guests. These include members of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Renewable Energy experts and other key players.
Readers interested in attending the reception are invited to send their contact details to Dominik Bertrams by November 21, 2008.
To read about all upcoming WFC events, click here. To learn more about the WFC and WFC projects, visit our website at
Top WFC Events in October
This past month, millions of people around the globe appealed to their governments to finally act on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that they themselves adopted in the year 2000. Since these goals also reflect the WFC’s deep commitment to future generations, seven WFC Councillors and recipients of the Right Livelihood Award supported the international UN Stand-Up Event with global video messages. In the same vein, youngsters can now exchange their concerns for the future in our newly launched KidsCall online forum and continue to appeal to government leaders to attend to their responsibilities towards young people.
For a complete list of media coverage of the WFC, please click here.

Jakob von Uexkuell in discussion with journalist Carmen Thomas
October 17, 2008:
WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkuell and global video messages by WFC Councillors support international UN Stand-Up Event in Berlin

WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkuell and 116 million people around the globe stood up against poverty and for the UN Millennium Development Goals between October 17 and 19, 2008. Von Uexkuell participated in Germany’s largest UN “Stand Up and Take Action”-Event in Berlin that also featured big-screen video appeals by seven Councillors. Watch the videos and read more here.
October 10, 2008:
KidsCall continues WFC youth work with new online forum

At, youngsters from around the globe now have the chance to communicate online about their concerns regarding the state of the world. The forum is set up in four languages: English, German, French, and Spanish. Read more here.

October 12, 2008:
WFC Renewable Energies Workshop in San Diego

On October 12, the WFC involved some 100 high level industry experts and decision makers in discussions about the world’s most effective renewable policy instrument: Renewable Energy Payments (REPs), in Europe known as Feed-in Tariffs. Read more here.
To read about all recent WFC events, click here. To learn more about the WFC and WFC projects, visit our website at

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