Posted by: bklunk | February 28, 2007

I Remember When Ted Turner Thought He Could Manage the Atlanta Braves

UN Climate Change Plan « Re: Inter. Relations/Politics

Sigma Xi, a scientific research society and The UN Foundation are calling for more efficient transportation, commercial, and residential sectors. The technology already exists to accomplish this. This action was initiated by recent published research saying that temeratures have increased 2.5 degrees Celcius since 1750.

The UN Foundation was created by Ted Turner who donated $1 Billion over 10 years for pressing world problems.

The Foundation is calling for immediate policy changes by individual counties. This is a state level system of analysis.

This report defines the seriousness and urgency that must characterize global efforts to respond to the unfolding and far-reaching challenge of climate change,” said Timothy Wirth, president of the U.N. Foundation. “There is tremendous economic opportunity in doing so.”
The foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s pledge of a $1 billion donation over 10 years to support U.N. causes. The organization builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems and works to broaden support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach.

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  1. In my opinion, this sub-national approach to climate change/global warming is a seemingly more “level-headed” approach to the problem. Particularly with the current administration putting short term policy goals (such as securing economic interests, funding a war on terror and preventing civil unions between homosexuals) higher on the agenda, which accomplishes nothing but an evasive approach to the climate change problem. More specifically, with G.W. Bush’s decision to back out of the Kyoto Protocol, which would have “bound most industrialized nations and some Central European countries to reduce their Greenhous Gas emissions by an average of 6-8% below 1990 levels in the years 2008-211” (Ronald J. Bee, 2007). This decision by the Bush Administration, coupled with his lack of commitment to environmental goals does nothing but to successfully delays any decisions until the Bush Administration is out of office.

    By shifting the responsibilty of this issue from the National government to Sub-National entities such as states and counties, and advocating public-private partnerships such as the efforts of Ted Turner, this political roadblock can be averted and real progress can occur, instead of waiting for a new administration to tackle the problem….hopefully.

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