Why Follow the World Economic Forum?
Written by Plant With Purpose on January 25, 2014 in General, News & Events
The World Economic Forum provides a platform of discussion for business, political, academic, and environmental leaders to discuss relevant issues and make connections among their areas of expertise. As Christian environmentalists, these discussions provide well-rounded explanations for issues in which we take heart. Below we highlight some of the pertinent sessions taking place at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
Rethinking Global Food Security
What could be more applicable to our mission at Plant With Purpose then a professional discussion on the environmental, economic, and societal factors that contribute to global food security?
Approximately 850 million out of the 7 billion people in the world are classified as hungry. This number fails to consider the millions that are malnourished.
Conclusions and Ideas:
- Potential for unused arable land in Africa (approximately 65%)
- Policies to transform local agriculture by cultivating understanding between government and farmers
- Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (to increase yields and reduce post-harvest losses)
- The need to address proper nutrition as opposed to simply calorie count
- Removal of subsidies by developed nations
- Collective ownership of farm machinery – smallholder farmers struggle to own their own machinery
- Creation of an Insurance Market for agricultural risk (specifically in Africa)
Changing the Climate for Growth and Development
As Christians, we recognize our call to be stewards of the earth as well as advocates for our hungry neighbors. This session discusses how government and business can negotiate a climate change agreement and set new goals for combating climate change and global poverty simultaneously.
Unprecedented weather patterns and levels of global poverty are increasing to a point of significant concern. The gravity of these issues amplifies as the two factors feed off of one another.
Conclusions and Ideas:
- “Even with business leadership we will need governmental actions”
- “We need to put a price on carbon”
- “We need to put a price on denial in politics”
- “We need to break the paradigm that we cannot alleviate poverty and solve climate change”
- The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative: Aims to increase food security, farmer incomes, and environmental sustainability concurrently. Over 100 leaders committed to incorporate and encourage this initiative’s work in their respective domains.
Stay tuned for more discussions pertaining to issues of Social and Environmental Justice:
From Waste to Wealth – 11:00 AM CET, 25th January 2014
How can we transform our linear consumption cycle to a circular consumption cycle before our resources are depleted?
Building Resilience to Natural Disasters – 10:45 AM CET, 25th January 2014
What proactive measures can help to improve relief efforts lessen the negative impact of natural disasters?
Launch of the Environmental Performance Index 2014 – 14:00 PM CET, 25th Jan 2014
Which countries are the best and worst performers on Yale and Columbia Universities’ 2014 Environmental Performance Index?