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Davos Talks!

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The first month of the year has passed and quiet a lot has happened already. The Arab world is in turmoil and the balance of the powers to be are shifting into unmapped areas. Uncertainty is the result. The so called Free World is worried, even though Democracy was always high up on the agenda. It was even worth to go to war for. But it seems, it is troublesome if it happens spontaneously and without the guiding hand of the world powers.
On the other hand, the global climate shows some erratic behaviour, which should worry everyone. Australia for instance. Just last month a big part of the continent was inundated and now it was hit by the worst Cyclone, named Yasi, ever remembered or recorded. The storm reached 290 kilometers per hour! Right now other parts of Australia are plagued by torrential rain. The remnants of storm Yasi. And in the meanwhile the USA is freezing. Last month parts of Europe were flooded. In the middle of the winter! While the drought at Amazonian is worse than ever. The CO2 can’t be absorbed as would be usual.
Are these the signs of the Climate Change?
The FHO of the United Nation records the highest food prices ever. One of the reasons are the escapades of the climate. If land is inundated, or is burned by freak wildfires, as in Russia last summer, than the food production is disturbed and the prices rise sky high. And we are not talking about other results of the Climate Change, like the rise of the sea level.
And they were again holding yet another world summit.  Last December it was the Climate Summit in Cancun/Mexico. This time an economic one and it was held in Davos/Switzerland. I’m sure all participants had a jolly good time and everyone felt his or her contribution was important to save the world. Klaus Schwab, the founder of the Davos Economic Summit even admits his own confusion, when he states that we need a dialog, that we have to understand each other, before we can start to act.

This is a grave mistake! We already know what has to be done. We have to change the present cultural outlook. Away from the remorseless profit maximization towards Sustainability. Sustainability can only come to be when we start to understand that Small is Beautiful and that technology must be on a level, which is appropriate for human beings. A culture, which regards nature’s integrity, it’s right to remain unharmed as mandatory.

The time to talk is long over. The time has come to act!

 

 

Image: Nasa.gov

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