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1 Jan 2010 - Pope Benedict XVI ... World Day of Peace ... Major Economies Forum

Commercial Real Estate Agent with Green Paradigm Realty LLC

Pope Benedict XVI's Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace this 1st of January asserts the stewardship of our environment as a moral imperative.

The Pope asks "Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change, desertification, the deterioration and loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?"

Continuing his global perspective, he notes, "Sad to say, it is all too evident that large numbers of people in different countries and areas of our planet are experiencing increased hardship because of the negligence or refusal of many others to exercise responsible stewardship over the environment."

His Holiness's view of sustainability is consistent with that of the United Nations and other environmental advocacy groups defining sustainability as using natural resources responsibly today so as not to negatively impact the needs of future generations.

The Pope calls for "development of joint and sustainable strategies to satisfy the energy needs of the present and future generations."  He cites solar energy as an example.

Since the United States-and our region in particular-has always been a leader in chemistry and engineering, it seems that we should target organic [polymer-based] photovoltaics for intensive research, development and demonstration as building-integrated components.  Such an investment will go a long way in building an export-based industry leveraging existing U.S. strengths.  The Major Economies Forum has designated the United States as the lead agency for energy efficiency technologies in the building and industrial sectors.  We pray that all nations find environmental stewardship to be a moral imperative.