Hunter in China with New Economy movers and shakers
Where did winter go? My friends in the northeast are pleased that it’s moving off, but for me it’s been a blur.
My work on creating a narrative of an economy in service to life – one that works for 100% of humanity, as Bucky Fuller put it. And going down the road.
From working with the DeTao Academy in China, to working with the Club of Rome, on whose Executive Committee I serve, getting them to take this on as one of their three action pillars, the initiative is finally getting traction. I pitched the idea at the Club of Rome meeting in Mexico City, and subsequent January Ex Comm meeting in Switzerland. Together we got a small grant to enable us to pull thought leaders together this year. In November in Shanghai I worked with DeTao to finalize development of aNatural Capital Accounting System. Dr Robert Costanza, who is the one who got me into all this in the first place in our work with the King of Bhutan, and members of our ASAP team the met in Shanghai in February to launch that, and begin the conversation about the Future New Economy.
Amazing presentations there by my colleague John Fullerton of Capital Institute, on whose advisory Board I serve, Dr Robert Eccles, now overseeing the creation of the new Sustainability Accounting Standards Board here in the US, discussed transforming finance, accounting and all aspects of our economy.
And eletric utilities. I spoke at the Hawaii conference on the Future Utility Customer, where we urged the state to commit to 100% renewable energy. Yesterday for my dear friend Bob King’s Texas conference on energy efficiency I warned that the thinking of the last century is changing fast: Eon and RWE the two biggest, previously fossil-based utilities in Europe, watched profits fall last year respectively 60% and 91% as Germany shifts rapidly to renewable energy. Both Eon and RWE are now divesting of their fossil assets. Citi Group’s Energy Darwinism report warns of the “alarming fall in the price of solar.” Alarming to whom? And today Michael Liebreich of Bloomberg New Energy Finance wrote that Fossil fuel just lost the race against renewables, saying: “…there is going to be a substantial buildout of renewable energy that is likely to be an order of magnitude larger than the buildout of coal and gas.”
Never thought I’d say this, folks, but we’re winning. Whether it’s China’s coal imports in the first three months of 2015 are 42% below a year ago.
The next couple months will be spent on an airplane: to London to work with the Guardian, for whom I am now writing: see my latest two “Life after divestment: how to spend the money saved from fossil fuel investments,” and “The climate denier’s guide to getting rich from fossil fuel divestment.”
Thence to an island off Stockholm for a small meeting of the biggest brains I could corral to try to set out a strategy of how we go about getting to this new economy that does now result in collapse.
And back to NY to teach at Bard – overseeing student capstone projects, several of which will truly make a difference. Any of you who ever thought about taking an MBA in sustainable management with me, we’re forming up our class for next fall. Contact Katie Van Sant: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then Morocco to keynote a conference for the King of Morocco on Doing Well and Doing Good, back to Colorado to keynote a summit on divesting from ownership of fossil fuels, and why if you’ve just divested (I have…have you?) you should be moving your money from harm to healing. I’m working with the new investment advisory service, Principium to build a set of portfolios that are genuinely fossil fuel free, focused on the best new economy companies as well as the blue-chips, like Unilever, that have embedded sustainability into the core of their operations.
Still, I got to see a bit of winter. Last week, on a five campus tour, crossing the Berkshires to keynote the “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region” conference at U Mass, it snowed on us. And tonight there’s 5 inches predicted for the ranch.
Not whining – we need the moisture. Remember, This was the hottest 3-month start of any year on record.
Oh, and apparently I’ve won another award. We were just told that I’ve been named Planet Defender. Guess it matches the name my Chinese hosts gave me: protector of life.