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Green Economy Initiative United Nations Environment Program


"To truly transform our economy, protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy."

Barack Obama, President of the United States
Speech to Congress, 24 February 2009



Introductory Biology for Non-Science Majors

Sustainability Topics



"Integrating environment and natural resources into peace building is no longer an option – it is a security imperative."1

  • "Since 1990 at least eighteen violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources."1
  • "As the global population continues to rise, and the demand for resources continues to grow, there is significant potential for conflicts over natural resources to intensify in the coming decades. In addition, the potential consequences of climate change for water availability, food security and prevalence of disease, coastal boundaries, and population distribution may aggravate existing tensions and generate new conflicts."2


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1 United Nations Environment Program Mission Statement: To provide leadership and encourage partnership iin caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.


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