Restraining the Pendulum of Destruction—Biopolicy: Mobilizing Informed and Inspired Leaders

JAN-FEB 2017|BY PROF. AGNI VLAVIANOS ARVANITIS, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, BIOPOLITICS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION, AND HELLENIC CHAPTER OF THE CLUB OF ROME
Climate change could be the greatest threat to our planet. The impacts and risks posed by global warming, rising sea-levels and extreme weather events highlight the need for urgent and immediate action.

Climate change policies can do more than ensure a climate-resilient and sustainable economic future. They can also become opportunities to develop more just and ethical societies. The most crucial task is to listen to the ticking clock and save time by mobilizing resources and inspiring leadership with a vision.

Current challenges, which are global in nature, demand that world leaders move beyond their comfort zone and assume greater responsibility and action. Nations must begin to balance short-term national self-interest with a greater sense of our universal responsibilities as human beings on this planet. Earth, this little speck in the universe, with its unique gift of bios – life, should cease to be divided into patterns of hatred among neighbors. The appreciation of the wealth and beauty of our natural and cultural diversity needs to become the focal point of all future adaptation strategies.

Big climate agreements that set ambitions targets are not enough. Dealing effectively with climate change will require action across the broad spectrum of policy, including energy, land use and transport. It will also require investment into research and development of new technological solutions. At the local level, cities throughout the globe must revise their urban policies to slash their GHG emissions and educate their citizens in the actions everyone must take to reduce their personal contribution to the problem.

Society needs citizens who are both well informed and inspired. The Biopolitics International Organisation (B.I.O.) proposes a series of actions to save precious time and strengthen our ability to deal with the impacts of climate change. We need to take full advantage of the positive dimensions of technological innovation and apply critical thinking to select the elements of progress that revise energy intensive sectors, improve the quality of the environment, support life, and enhance international cooperation in climate change mitigation. The role of entrepreneurship in building resilience and decreasing vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change is vital in this context. As communities around the globe are increasingly forced to adapt to climate change for the rest of this century and beyond, climate-smart policy and emissions reduction targets can only evolve into profitable endeavors.

In order not to undermine our prospects for a climate-resilient future, thoughtful engagement is an urgent priority. Because the burden of establishing accepted practices falls on all members of society, this need extends beyond the realm of governments and decision-makers and involves every human endeavor. Our goals as B.I.O are straightforward and clear:

  • promote understanding of how climate change affects the environment, the economy and the quality of life of all citizens
  • provide information with respect to the causes and ways of limiting global warming, extreme weather and natural disasters, land use, agriculture and forestry, impacts on health and food security, and impacts on oceans, natural resources and biodiversity
  • increase insight in strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • enhance appreciation of the potential of integrating sustainability principles in the formulation and timely implementation global economic and energy policy
  • stress the cooperation of techne – the arts – and technology as an inspirational tool to involve every citizen in the protection of bios

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