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WCRE Member of Chairpersons Board Eric Martinot calls for "No rooftop left behind"

"No Rooftop Left Behind" Future Vision
by Eric Martinot

"...Imagine a time when every rooftop in the world has a solar panel on it. Looking at Google Earth, all the rooftops you see would have panels. Panels would provide power or heat, or both. I am calling this vision "no rooftop left behind." That phrase may ring familiar to Americans who recall the "no child left behind" legislation in 2001, which mandated educational standards for children—everyone is included, no one left out. Let's think the same way about rooftops. Let’s adopt this phrase into our common lexicon. Let’s make this a rallying call for the future of our planet ...

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Dr. Eric Martinot is a member of the Committee of Chairpersons of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)

Peter Droege's interview (excerpts) with the Saigon Times Daily, Ho Chi Minh City, when speaking at the GreenBiz Conference and Exhibition, 9/19/2011

Peter Droege, EuroSolar president and professor of urban sustainability at the University of Liechtenstein, told The Saigon Times Daily about how to develop renewable energy in Vietnam when he was in HCMC last week to speak at the GreenBiz Conference and Exhibition on European Green Business Solutions (GreenBiz 2011).

Article by Peter Droege and Matthew Ulterino in online newspaper for green buildings & sustainable development: The FIFTH ESTATE, 7/19 2011

In an age of petroleum production risks and mounting carbon costs cities should plan their sustainable development strategies by assessing and lowering their exposure to airport dependency risk – a diagnostic concept we developed.But paradoxically, most large cities push to increase the locational advantage they momentarily enjoy through building second, even third airports and banking on the "Aerotropolis" as a magic formula to global primacy – precisely as the phenomena of ubiquitous cheap air travel and freight transport are waning.

Article by Dr. Hermann Scheer published in the German Edition of "Le Monde Diplomatique", February issue, 2010

The secret motto of the World Climate Conference

The main reason why the public around the world were so shocked by the shameful outcome of the World Climate Conference in Copenhagen was that they were basically unprepared for failure. Everything seemed to be pointing to success: a manifestly pressing problem, upbeat government announcements, urgent appeals from NGOs, worldwide media interest and the participation of numerous heads of state, who hoped to turn the meeting into a "G120" summit.

Article by Dr. Hermann Scheer published in the Climate Action Book 2009 for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009

Among the many myths about our energy supplies, one of the most insidious is the high price of renewables. If all energy alternatives are too expensive, the argument runs, then the world should continue on its course of dependence on fossil-based sources. In this article Hermann Scheer debunks this myth and explains why we must keep developing the renwables, describing how each affected industry can make the most of the new opportunities.

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