Friday, January 18, 2008

50 people who could save the planet

The Guardian Unlimited's list of 50 notable people whom they believe can save our planet from Climate Change and the effects of Global Warming. This article is long, but well worth taking the time to read. Some of the key figures mentioned are:
Amory Loving - Physicist: Nearly twenty years ago Lovins invented the idea of the "hyper-car." Last November, Toyota unveiled it - the Prius. He says, "Change is coming out of fear and the car makers are gazing into the abyss. It is widely understood that incremental change is a high-risk strategy. Those who take the opportunity to change will do very well. We can save half the oil we use and the rest we can save with advanced biofuels." Lovins is currently consulting for the Pentagon.
Patriarch Bartholomew - Leader of the Orthodox Church: Spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians who has stated that attacks on the environment as sins, and pollution of the world's waters as, "a new Apocalypse."
Zhengron Shi - Scientist: A farmer's son, who was put up for adoption is now the owner of Suntech Power, China, one of the world's ten largest manufacturers of solar panels. Shanghai plans to subsidize 100,000 solar panels for China, as it is preparing to build the world biggest solar generating facility in the Gobi desert.
Rajendra Singh - Water Conservationist: Known as the "Rain man of Rajastan (India)," Ragendra Singh's common sense approach to water-harvesting is now being applied throughout India and Africa, and is expected to become the essential way to save water everywhere from England to Arizona. "See the earth like a bank," Singh says. "If you make regular deposits of water, you'll always have some to withdraw. If you are just taking, you will have nothing in your account."
Dieter Salomon - Mayor of Freiburg (Southern Germany): "Freiburg in southern Germany is the most ecologically-aware town in Europe and possibly the rich world. The city of 250,000 people dubs itself a "solar region" and gathers nearly as much power from the sun as is collected in all of Britain."
Bija Devi - Farm Manager: A farmer since the age of seven, Devi has been storing and collecting seeds from all over the country (India). Convincing local farmers of the advantages to sowing older, indigenous seeds rather than the newer, high-yielding "hybirds," lowered the use of pesticides, fertilizers and water usage. "Indiscriminate use of chemicals has harmed the soil to an enormous extent," Devi says, "but we can still restore fertility and conserve water if we act now." Devi's work is backed by Dr Debal Deb, an ecologist who has established the only gene bank of indigenous rice in India. Together they have helped to stock 34 community seed banks that are seen as an insurance against changing conditions, climate and new pests.
Peter Head - Civil Engineer: Master planner of the world's first Eco-City, planned for construction in China at the mouth of the Yangtze.
Read this article, go to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jan/05/activists.ethicalliving