During the Kyoto negotiations, a coalition of more than two hundred leading organizations from fifty-two countries drafted the Oilwatch Declaration, which calls for an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel exploration. Currently, more than $150 billion dollars are spent every year searching for new fossil fuel sources - despite the fact that there is already a forty year supply in existing reserves. Scientists estimate that burning more than a quarter of our existing reserves alone will release far more carbon than the atmosphere can absorb without dangerous consequences. Ultimately, funding for fossil fuel exploration must be redirected towards sustainable and renewable energy resources. One way to accelerate this transition is to pressure the corporate financial sector. to cut off the flow of investment capital to global warming industries.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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