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Newsletter - 2 / 2011
Dear friends! 31.3.2011
The recent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan are a testimony to the risks associated with nuclear energy production. We express our heartfelt sympathy to the people of Japan.

Now more than ever, we need to finally get a grip on climate change and on nuclear threats!

This is not a technological challenge, but a psychological and political one: Yes, 100 % renewable energy supply is possible! Not overnight, but within the next decades. Politics must take charge and disentangle itself from the deep pockets of energy corporations, which out of pure interest in profit defend an outdated and highly dangerous nuclear energy system.

A fundamental change will not only involve the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, but a rethinking of our politics. We believe: This crisis creates a window of opportunity to effect change.

With best regards,

Jakob von Uexkull
WFC Founder & Chairman

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"Here on Earth: a new beginning" is the book Councillor Prof. Tim Flannery, Chief Climate Commissioner in Australia, published recently.

We Demand the Global Nuclear Phase Out
In a joint statement 50 laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council demand a global nuclear phase out. “Nuclear power is neither the answer to modern energy problems nor a panacea for climate change challenges. There is no solution of problems by creating more problems,” declare experts, activists, politicians, clergy, entrepreneurs and scientists from 26 countries. Read the full statement >>.
Nominations for the Future Policy Award 2011 have been published
The list of nominated policies for this year’s Future Policy Award is fixed: 19 forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for the international prize. There are policies from Bhutan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Gambia, Guatemala, Norway, India, Indonesia, Rwanda, Switzerland, Turkey, the USA and Vietnam. Numerous newspapers and internet platforms from the various countries have already reported about this year’s Future Policy Award, amongst them the UN News Centre, the Jakarta Globe, the Guatemala Times and Today Gambia. The award ceremony will take place on 21 September 2011 in New York.
Alexandra Wandel, Management Board, met our Honorary Councillor Prof. Dr. Wangari Maathai at the IYF Inauguration
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The World Future Council has launched a new campaign and website calling for ”Ombudspersons for future generations“. During the New York preparatory meeting of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development at the beginning of March the World Future Council presented the advantages of such Ombudspersons as a way of institutionalising the protection of the interests of future generations at a co-hosted WFC-ANPED side event.
Upcoming events
Gateway to Africa: WFC Honorary Councillor Prof. Dr. Wangari Maathai in Geneva
At this international conference from 4 to 6 April, which looks upon Africa’s problems with a multidimensional approach, our Honorary Councillor Wangari Maathai will hold a keynote speech. Other invited speakers are Gordon Brown, Al Gore and Kofi Annan.
Cape Verde: Second AREA Steering Committee Meeting
For the second time the Steering Committee of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) will convene. The Alliance was founded in 2009 by the World Future Council, which has coordinated the AREA up to now. The meeting will take place from 8 to 9 April in Praia, Cape Verde.
Agriculture without Oil: WFC Councillor Wes Jackson in Brussels
On 27 April Wes Jackson, Founder of the Land Institute, will discuss „Agriculture without Oil“ at the Free University of Brussels with Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. De Schutter has urged to radically change conventional agriculture to organic farming. More >>
Beyond growth?! With WFC Councillor Prof. Dr. Vandana Shiva
The conference ”Beyond growth?! Ecological Justice. Social Rights. Good Life“ will take place in Berlin from 20 to 22 May, where reactions to the crisis of the working society will be discussed. Our Councillor Vandana Shiva will hold the keynote lecture. The conference is organized by the network attac, a movement critical of globalisation. More >>
Get information on all other upcoming events.
In the US: Who Controls the Energy Pot of Gold?
Our US Director Randy Hayes debated this topic and answered questions on renewable energy at the second annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference in Oakland, California. The WFC is very active in California and Colorado, two state governments where Feed-In Tariff laws are being hotly debated.
WFC Workshop for regenerative urban development in India

Steps towards sustainable urban development in India took centre stage at the strategy workshop, which the World Future Council organized together with the ”Center for Development Alternatives“ and the HafenCity University Hamburg in March in Delhi. WFC-Co-Founder Prof. Herbert Girardet and WFC Councillor Dr. Ashok Kosla presented innovative urban development strategies.
WFC & AREA were partners of the „Power & Electricity World Africa” Conference
The WFC Africa Liaison Office presented itself at this event in Johannesburg (28.3.-1.4.). During the World Leaders panel session the South African energy minister Hon. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters discussed with Ansgar Kiene, WFC Director of the African Liaison Office, about the most suitable renewable energy policies.
19/20 March – 8th Anniversary of the begin of the US invasion in Iraq
In occasion of the anniversary WFC Councillor Hans-Christof Count von Sponeck, former UN Assistant Secretary General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator of Iraq, spoke in the Basel World Peace Academy about the chances of multilateralism in a world of alliances.
8th March 2011: Honours for the International Women’s Day
For the centenary of International Women’s Day the global women rights organisation „Women Deliver“ presented the hundred most inspiring individuals, who engage for the rights of girls and women all around the world. With this recognition our Honorary Councillor Prof. Wangari Maathai and our Councillor Prof. Rafia Gubash have been honoured.
Get information on all other recent events here.
WFC Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa will receive the 28th Niwano Peace Prize
The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the 28. Niwano Peace Prize to our Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa from Thailand in recognition of his contribution to a new understanding of peace, democracy and development and to environmental preservation based on the core principles of his Buddhist faith. The ceremony will be held on May 19th in Tokyo.
The Adam Smith Prize 2011 will go to WFC Honorary Councillor Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
On 6th May the Adam Smith Prize for market-based environmental policy will be awarded to Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. Von Weizsäcker is known as one of the most prominent thinkers of a resource-efficient economy. Very early in his career, he emphasized the importance of economic instruments such as green taxes for the success of a more sustainable economic management.
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