Dr. Reese Halter (Earth Dr.)

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INTERVIEW WITH Dr. Reese Halter (Earth Dr.)
(Eco-stress physiologist specialising in Earth's life support systems; conservation biologist, an award-winning broadcaster and prolific writer)

“Vast areas under the sea and on land are dead from extreme heat and droughts. It's a matter of our survival to protect the living pockets of our mother, Nature, in order to survive the coming decade(s)"

Nature gives us air, water, food and land for all animals and plants. Man is destroying Nature at an unprecedented rate. Razing forests, poisoning agricultural soils and all waterways with man-made deadly chemicals and petroleum-based plastics. Less than a quarter of all ancient forests remain. 44,000 floating slaughterhouses are non-stop vacuuming the oceans of all life. Fossil fuels have destroyed the climate. Today, there are more consumers than producers on Earth. The sixth mass extinction is accelerating at least 1,000 times faster than the previous five others. 
 
Together we must all protect what remains of Nature from total annihilation. Remembering the sagacious words of Mahatma Gandhi “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”. Educating the children is the key for man's survival. Dr. Jane Goodall reminds us that, “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved”.
 
Dr. Reese Halter is an eco-stress physiologist. He specialises in earth's life support systems. With four decades of science and broadcasting experience, we caught up with him for an in-depth interview from California.

Clair Brown (Buddhist Economics)

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INTERVIEW WITH Clair Brown
(Economist, author of Buddhist Economics)

“BUDDHIST ECONOMY: HOW TO PASS FROM SELF-CENTERED MATERIALISM TO SHARED PROSPERITY IN A SUSTAINABLE WORLD"

Buddhist Economy: is it the economic model used by buddhist monks? Of course not…It’s the model proposed by Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. According to Prof. Clair Brown, we are facing two major challenges: increasing inequality and ecological crisis. And these two problems are the consequence of the mainstream competitive economic model, popularly called the free market model, which pushes consumerism, selfishness, and domination of nature, leaving people suffering in a world out of balance. Buddhist economics is an alternative, that goes beyond self-centered materialism and provides a framework for an economy that delivers shared prosperity in a sustainable world where the human spirit flourishes. What are its basic principles? In whose hands does the responsibility lie for such a change? How to achieve happiness with this model and what is a compassionate economy? What are the steps to pass to the Buddhist economy model?

Emanuele Bompan (Circular Economy)

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INTERVIEW WITH Emanuele Bompan
(Environmental journalist and geographer, author of the book Che cosa è l’Economia Circolare – What is Circular Economy)

“CIRCULAR ECONOMY: A NECESSARY CHANGE, BUT GREATER COURAGE IS REQUESTED TO ALL"

Circular Economy: more and more often we hear the expression "Circular Economy," and it is also used more and more frequently by politicians in their speeches. But still we know very little about the model and, above all, we still do not show enough courage to abandon the "old" model of Linear Economy (which is proving to be failing in the long term) and embrace the "new" model of Circular Economy (which has, if well implemented, great potential to survive in the long term). Once again the human being has to face his deepest and oldest fear! It has to face its unconscious fear of the "new!" That is why Emanuele Bompan, journalist, among the leading experts in Italy on the theme of Circular Economy, has sent us this message: Courage! In the young, in the educational system and in politics. Here Emanuele’s final message:

"To the young: do not be afraid… do not be afraid of being the leaders who ride these new models of doing business and economy. Be innovative and dynamic. Fully grasp this transformation!

To politicians: basic knowledge on economic and legal aspects is not enough! Be wise and educate yourself on sustainability and on this important aspect of sustainability: circular economy."

What is Circular Economy? What are its 3 basic principles? Who are the actors involved? What’s the situation Italy and abroad? And what are the factors necessary for its development? Emanuele Bompan answered to these and other questions.

Gunter Pauli (Blue Economy)

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INTERVIEW WITH Gunter Pauli
(Economist, initiator of the Blue Economy)

“BLUE ECONOMY: HOW TO MAKE LOCAL ECONOMY GROW"

Blue Economy: what comes to your mind the first time you see this expression? You can say an economy related to oceans and that is true…but there is another more visionary model of how the economy should be to be very sustainable: Gunter Pauli’s Blue Economy – taking examples from nature to develop a more sustainable model that boost local production without further investment of resources on Green Economy. First introduced in 1994, the Blue Economy model now counts over 180 concrete cases. It proves that it is possible to generate more revenue, while generating more jobs and still compete on the global market. Blue Economy takes into account social, economic and environmentally factors. What are its basic principles? In whose hands does the responsibility lie for such a change? How is the situation in Italy? How to educate children and young generation? Gunter Pauly, Economist, initiator of the Blue Economy, answered to these and other questions.

Harj Dhaliwal (Hyperloop One)

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INTERVIEW WITH Harj Dhaliwal
(Managing Director Middle East & India at Hyperloop One)

“HYPERLOOP: SOON A REALITY IN SOME COUNTRIES"

Sometimes a disruptive innovation changes the way people organise their activities, social and working life (e.g., train, car, print, internet etc…). The next one is likely to be the Hyperloop. Conceived by the visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, the technology has now being developed by Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies Inc.), Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), and Transpod. With speeds 2-3 times faster than high-speed rail and an on-demand, direct to destination experience, hyperloop technology can reduce journey times, exponentially increasing connectivity inside and across countries. Many project are being developed in the Middle East, in the Kingdom od Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Hyperloop across GCC countries can soon become a reality. But also some European Countries are working on this technology and with a Long Term Vision in mind they can ride this important technological shift. What are the advantages of such a form of transport? Where we first will be able to travel on an hyperloop pod? What is needed to develop the infrastructure? Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director Middle East & India at Hyperloop One, answered to these and other questions.