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Warren Karlenzig is the Founder and President of Common Current and has worked with the federal government; the nation of South Korea (“New Cities Green Metrics”); The European Union (“Green and Connected Cities Initiative”); the State of California (“Comprehensive Recycling Communities” and “Sustainable Community Plans”); major cities; and the world’s largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years. He recently wrote an article on ideas that will create a better, greener and more sustainable world.

The article was also published by Worldchanging.com which is a non-profit which talks about innovative solutions to world’s problems and raises awareness on various issues for improving building, transportation, communication and quality of life.

The article talks about ten trends which will lead Sustainable Development in this decade. Here they are:

  • Bikes Culture 2.0 (and to eliminate confusion, I am talking about two-wheelers, which run on mechanical energy)
  • Mexico City, Climate Change and the Future of Cities: COP16 is coming! Let’s aim for Climate Justice this time.
  • The Rise of Cellulosic Biofuels: Creating a viable energy source  from waste products, such as wood waste, grasses, corn stalks, and other non-food products, rather than conventional biofuels which have a number of consequences detrimental to the environment, is the need of the hour.
  • ICT and Green Cities: This is where Design Thinking and modern technology use will play a crucial role is solving problems of water, infrastructure development, electricity etc.
  • Implementation of Carbon Taxes: Emission producers have to be penalized for not shifting to clean technologies!
  • Need for Effective Adaptation Strategies: Let’s get ready to face the consequences of climate change including droughts, floods etc., particularly as they begin to hit large populated cities!
  • Fossil Fuel Shortage: Which will lead to rise in oil prices, will indeed push the shift towards renewable sources.
  • Focus on Urban Agriculture and Foodsheds: Regions will need to become dependent on local growth as food shortages will begin, with the rise in fuel prices.
  • Resiliency Planning Cities, Towns and Homes:  Countries will need to prepare for adversities of all kinds and there needs to be plan for that.
  • Arts and Sustainability: Art has also always acted as the mirror of the society and will continue to do so as we will begin to see more movies, paintings and music talk about these issues.

It’s high time that we get ready for all the challenges!

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I parked my car near the Solar Tree on the fifth street yesterday morning. It’s been 24 hours and I think I am ready to drive to Pune which is about 200 km. from here. Thanks to the world energy leaders for transforming the energy industry during the 20s. It’s 2035 and we are living in a oil-free economy. What a bliss! Though the oil nations had to go through rough times and developing countries faced a lot of issues, we have made our planet at least worth living and have saved civilizations from being doomed forever.

During the drive to Pune, we will stop at the Solar Electric Garden on the highway to see how the small towns and villages between Mumbai and Pune now have access to electricity. I have heard that the Garden is an amazing innovative idea which is targeting tourists to spread the message of ‘Go Solar’. But what I love the most are the Solar transit shelters in New Delhi which are soon coming to Mumbai. The shelters are powered by roof integrated photovoltaics, are made of green materials and have wireless internet.

I remember my visit to COP15 back in 2009 when several NGOs, youth organizations and activists from around the world had fought with the world leaders and urged everyone to put an end to carbon emissions and save the world and how the Accord was not a  successful deal.

But today, when I look back, I feel happy and proud that we made it! Yes, we made it!