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"You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change"

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I am on a quest to bring more Energy Managers into industry. Energy Efficiency is behind on Renewable Energy and that is because it is less exciting (is it?) and labour intensive (each situation...

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On the C40 Blog of Mark Watts at c40.org I read what the young generation says: “You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change”. 

After many weeks of (summer) silence I raise my voice again, also because I was stunned by the climate headlines of this (nearly) gone summer. I was in August on Mount Etna on fire-tortured Sicily and saw helicopters with water hurrying low over our house towards Nicolosi, where there was a fire, too. I know it's a big issue in the US, too.

Another headline from Germany (https://energyeducation.se/germany-near-blackout) about a near blackout on Aug, 14 surprised me and showed how we humans are squeezed between our dependence on energy and the climate disasters, of which a totally serene region of Germany was deeply affected two weeks earlier.

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This morning I was listening to an audiobook “The Optimist’s Telescope” of Bina Venkataraman (she is Editorial Page Editor at The Boston Globe) about human’s ability to let our future have a weight on our decisions today rather than only thinking on short term. So we have the potential of the way out of this mess. 

The following generations will see, experience and … judge our management of this potential. 

My potential to influence the outcome is very limited. I try to work and communicate in the undercovered area of Energy Management in Industry and other large consumers, that's why I am in this group of Energy Efficiency at EnergyCentral. A strong statement from this domain is that each not consumed energy unit is as clean as Renewable Energy. As important to note is that it has often an excellent return on investment. 

Let’s all invest in a good future!

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Matt Chester on Sep 13, 2021

My potential to influence the outcome is very limited. I try to work and communicate in the undercovered area of Energy Management in Industry and other large consumers, that's why I am in this group of Energy Efficiency at EnergyCentral. 

I love this, Nobert-- each of us only really  has a single voice, but we can use communities like Energy Central to batch them and move the collective conversation and consciousness the direction it needs to go. Thanks for being one of those key voices!

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Norbert Vasen on Sep 15, 2021

Thank you very much Matt, I appreciate your comment. 

It is difficult to let hear a voice that is not in line with the busy goals of today, but the same Bina Venkataraman, mentioned in my post, said also that there is a deep desire in most of us to pass along what has functioned well in the past. Maybe we can tune in on those aspirations and leverage those functioning things so that people handle on the less urgent but more important things of tomorrow.

Otherwise we are left very soon with a fist of sand.

Is it possible that so much damage can arise in just 2 or 3 generations?

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Jim Stack on Sep 15, 2021

Good point. That is key QUOTE=human’s ability to let our future have a weight on our decisions today rather than only thinking on short term.

We have to start looking at life cycle costs. We need to look at the future. So far many seem to ignore what we are doing to the 1 planet that has life. 

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