Saturday, July 28, 2012

We Can Change!

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Can we?
Will we CHANGE?
Will we stop destroying ECO SYSTEMS?
Not if we follow Business as Usual...
Not if we do not change the SYSTEM...
We should stop our Oil Addiction!
The OIL Price will help you!
We should think Sustainable....
Think about what you buy..think about your impact!
Its not too late....
We must BE the CHANGE!
Together we can build a brighter future!
Its our Choice! And the last Chance for Future Generations!
The future of Planet Earth is in our Hands !
we are the first generation to determine the life or death of the planet we have inherited.
Lets save planet Earth!
Namasté
Hans Lak

One Earth One Mission
Together We Build A Brighter Future

Friday, July 27, 2012

Initiative STOP-ESM | Reformprojekte

Initiative STOP-ESM | Reformprojekte


Europäische Aktion gegen den ESM
Der ESM hat den Anschein eines Rettungsfonds. Er ist ein dauerhafter Fond, der die 2010 ins Leben gerufenen Fonds EFSF und EFSM ersetzt. Mit einem Startkapital von 700 Milliarden Euro, kann er entscheiden, dieses Kapital unbegrenzt auszuweiten und die entsprechenden Beiträge, wann immer er will, von den nationalen Haushalten abzurufen. Um Ihnen eine Vorstellung davon zu vermitteln, was 700 Milliarden bedeuten: Für jedes Land kommt dies einer Aufwendung annähernd in Höhe der jährlichen Einkommensteuer gleich. Lang lebe die Haushaltskürzung. Lang lebe der Sparkurs! Der ESM verfügt nach Gutdünken über dieses Geld, ohne den mindesten demokratischen Einfluss, ohne jede Kontrolle, ohne irgendwem Rechenschaft zu schulden. Eine faktische Diktatur!
Die Bürger haften vertragsgemäß (wenn die anderen Euroländer ausfallen) in voller Höhe für das gesamte Haftungskapital des ESM von (derzeit zumindest) € 700 Milliarden (Art. 9, Art. 10, Art. 25 Abs. 1 c,

Was wäre wenn Frank Stronach sein FSI in einem DO TANK für Europa statt nur ein Think Tank für Österreich umwandeln wúrde?
Was wäre wenn er einen offenen Brief an EUROPA schreiben würde ?
NEIN! Zum Ende der Demokratie in EUROPA!
Liebe Mitbürger
ich mache mir große Sorgen über Europas Zukunft. Es ist vieles gut in Europa aber wir haben einige gewaltige Strukturfehler, wie auch viele andere Länder dieser Welt. Ich hoffe, dass Europa diese Strukturfehler korrigiert, sonst sehe ich keine gute Zukunft für Europa und unsere nächsten Generationen.
Ich betone, dass in einer zivilisierten Gesellschaft niemand der Sündenbock sein darf, wir tragen alle ein bisschen Schuld an unseren heutigen Problemen. Daher sollen wir jetzt die Bürger davon überzeugen, dass EUROPA Maßnahmen ergreifen muss, die unseren Lebensstandard verbessern, ohne uns weiter zu verschulden.
Es ist leicht zu kritisieren und es gibt viele Kritiker, aber wenige Menschen, die Lösungen vorschlagen.
Aus diesem Grund habe ich das Stronach Institut für sozialökonomische Gerechtigkeit gegründet.
Kernaufgabe des Instituts ist es, gesellschaftspolitisch wichtige Themen für die Zukunfts Europas aufzugreifen, für die die klassische (Partei)politik schon seit Jahren keine Lösungen zu finden scheint.
Ziel ist, Wirtschaftswachstum zu fördern und den damit geschaffenen Wohlstand gerecht zu verteilen.
Das Institut soll auf Basis fundierter Analysen Lösungsvorschläge präsentieren, Impulse für politische Diskussionen geben und das Denken der Bürger auf positive, konstruktive Weise anregen.
Ich hoffe, dass ich auf diesem Wege einen Beitrag zu einer besseren Gesellschaft leisten kann.
Frank Stronach


In einem Gutachten warnen 17 europäische Ökonomen vor der Krisenspirale in Europa. Frank Stronach kann in einer gemeinsamen Aktion mit der Wirtschaft in Europa den
Aufruf von 272 deutschsprachigen Wirtschaftsprofessoren mit Anzeigen in der Wirtschaftspresse unterstützen! Die Stimmung in Deutschland kippt schon, immer mehr Leute kapieren, dass Deutschland sich schon übernommen hat...und das es REICHT keine weitere GELDVERNICHTUNG besser sinnvolle Investitionen in die Realwirtschaft mit einem Zukunftsfonds für neue Jobs in EUROPA ohne Bürokartie mit den besten Coaches aus der Wirtschaft....
Mitunterzeichner bitte bei W. Krämer melden.
Liebe Mitbürger,
die Entscheidungen, zu denen sich die Kanzlerin auf dem Gipfeltreffen der EU-Länder gezwungen sah, waren falsch. Wir, Wirtschaftswissenschaftlerinnen und Wirtschaftswissenschaftler der deutschsprachigen Länder, sehen den Schritt in die Bankenunion, die eine kollektive Haftung für die Schulden der Banken des Eurosystems bedeutet, mit großer Sorge. Die Bankschulden sind fast dreimal so groß wie die Staatsschulden und liegen in den fünf Krisenländern im Bereich von mehreren Billionen Euro. Die Steuerzahler, Rentner und Sparer der bislang noch soliden Länder Europas dürfen für die Absicherung dieser Schulden nicht in Haftung genommen werden, zumal riesige Verluste aus der Finanzierung der inflationären Wirtschaftsblasen der südlichen Länder absehbar sind. Banken müssen scheitern dürfen. Wenn die Schuldner nicht zurückzahlen können, gibt es nur eine Gruppe, die die Lasten tragen sollte und auch kann: die Gläubiger selber, denn sie sind das Investitionsrisiko bewusst eingegangen und nur sie verfügen über das notwendige Vermögen.
Die Politiker mögen hoffen, die Haftungssummen begrenzen und den Missbrauch durch eine gemeinsame Bankenaufsicht verhindern zu können. Das wird ihnen aber kaum gelingen, solange die Schuldnerländer über die strukturelle Mehrheit im Euroraum verfügen. Wenn die soliden Länder der Vergemeinschaftung der Haftung für die Bankschulden grundsätzlich zustimmen, werden sie immer wieder Pressionen ausgesetzt sein, die Haftungssummen zu vergrößern oder die Voraussetzungen für den Haftungsfall aufzuweichen. Streit und Zwietracht mit den Nachbarn sind vorprogrammiert. Weder der Euro noch der europäische Gedanke als solcher werden durch die Erweiterung der Haftung auf die Banken gerettet; geholfen wird statt dessen der Wall Street, der City of London – auch einigen Investoren in Deutschland – und einer Reihe maroder in- und ausländischer Banken, die nun weiter zu Lasten der Bürger anderer Länder, die mit all dem wenig zu tun haben, ihre Geschäfte betreiben dürfen.
Die Sozialisierung der Schulden löst nicht dauerhaft die aktuellen Probleme; sie führt dazu, dass unter dem Deckmantel der Solidarität einzelne Gläubigergruppen bezuschußt und volkswirtschaftlich zentrale Investitionsentscheidungen verzerrt werden.
Bitte tragen Sie diese Sorgen den Abgeordneten Ihres Wahlkreises vor; unsere Volksvertreter sollen wissen, welche Gefahren unserer Wirtschaft drohen.

Mehr Info über den ESM Vertrag:

http://www.stronachinstitut.at/stop-esm
http://www.stronachinstitut.at/esm-wann-wird-osterreich-pleite-gehen/1869
http://www.stronachinstitut.at/die-vereinigten-staaten-von-europa-funktionieren-nicht/1913
http://www.stronachinstitut.at/die-eu-ein-fass-ohne-boden/1888
http://www.stronachinstitut.at/wachstum-der-wirtschaft-nicht-wachstum-der-schulden/1781
http://www.courtfool.info/en_EUROPEAN_ACTION_AGAINST_ESM.htm
http://www.stop-esm.org/

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Initiative STOP-ESM

Initiative STOP-ESM

Europäische Aktion gegen den ESM
Der ESM hat den Anschein eines Rettungsfonds. Er ist ein dauerhafter Fond, der die 2010 ins Leben gerufenen Fonds EFSF und EFSM ersetzt. Mit einem Startkapital von 700 Milliarden Euro, kann er entscheiden, dieses Kapital unbegrenzt auszuweiten und die entsprechenden Beiträge, wann immer er will, von den nationalen Haushalten abzurufen. Um Ihnen eine Vorstellung davon zu vermitteln, was 700 Milliarden bedeuten: Für jedes Land kommt dies einer Aufwendung annähernd in Höhe der jährlichen Einkommensteuer gleich. Lang lebe die Haushaltskürzung. Lang lebe der Sparkurs! Der ESM verfügt nach Gutdünken über dieses Geld, ohne den mindesten demokratischen Einfluss, ohne jede Kontrolle, ohne irgendwem Rechenschaft zu schulden. Eine faktische Diktatur!
Die Bürger haften vertragsgemäß (wenn die anderen Euroländer ausfallen) in voller Höhe für das gesamte Haftungskapital des ESM von (derzeit zumindest) € 700 Milliarden (Art. 9, Art. 10, Art. 25 Abs. 1 c,

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Fakultät Statistik - Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer

Fakultät Statistik - Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer




Dear fellow citizens,

The decisions Chancellor Merkel saw herself compelled to approve at the recent EU Summit were wrong. As German-speaking economists, we are deeply concerned about this move towards a banking union and the implied collective liability for all bank debts in the Eurosystem. In the five countries most affected by the crisis, bank debt amounts to several trillion euros, almost three times the size of government debt, and taxpayers, pensioners and savers in countries with still-solid economies should not be held liable for these, especially since massive additional losses are looming from financing the Southern European countries’ inflationary bubbles. Banks must be allowed to fail. If borrowers are unable to repay their debts, there is only one group that can and should bear the consequences, their owners and creditors, who were fully aware of the risks involved in their investment and own the assets required to sustain potential losses.
        Politicians may hope to be able to limit the size of the implied liability and prevent any abuse through common banking supervision. This will, however, remain difficult as long as the structural majority of debtor countries prevail in the Eurozone. If economically sound countries share liability for bank debts elsewhere, they will be exposed to constant pressure to widen the limits of this liability or to soften the requirements for its provision. This is bound to lead to additional strife and discord in the European Union. Extending liability to all banks will not save the euro or the European idea; it will mainly help Wall Street, the City of London – as well as investors in Germany and other Eurozone countries – and enable a number of ailing domestic and foreign banks to continue to do business at the expense of the citizens of other countries that bear little responsibility for any of this.
The socialisation of debt will not provide any lasting solution to our current problems; instead, under the guise of solidarity, it will subsidise certain groups of creditors and distort important economic investment decisions.
        Please relay these concerns to your constituent member of parliament; our elected representatives should know about these risks.

Volker Abel (München), Hanns Abele (Wien), Werner Abelshauser (Bielefeld), Klaus Adam (Mannheim), Hanjo Allinger (Deggendorf), Niels Angermüller (Wernigerode), Thomas Apolte (Münster), Gerhard Arminger (Wuppertal), Lutz G. Arnold (Regensburg), Ludwig von Auer (Trier), Phillip Bagus (Madrid), Ulrich Baßeler (Berlin), Hanno Beck (Pforzheim), Sascha Becker (Warwick), Tilman Becker (Hohenheim), Gerard J. van den Berg (Mannheim), Annette Bergemann (Mannheim), Volker Bergen (Göttingen), Peter Bernholz (Basel), Norbert Berthold (Würzburg), Thomas Beißinger (Hohenheim), Martin Biewen (Tübingen), Charles B. Blankart (Berlin), Ulrich Blum (Halle), Eckhart Bomsdorf (Köln), Silvio Borner (Basel), Gregor Bräutigam (Düsseldorf), Michael Braulke (Osnabrück), Friedrich Breyer (Konstanz), Gerrit Brösel (Hagen), Jeanette Brosig-Koch (Duisburg-Essen), Wolfgang Buchholz (Regensburg), Martin-Peter Büch (Saarbrücken), Walter Buhr (Siegen), Carsten Burhop (Köln), Sigrun C. Caspari (Witten-Herdecke), Volker Caspari (Darmstadt), Dieter Cassel (Duisburg/Essen), Norbert Christopeit (Bonn), Christian Conrad (Heidelberg), Erich Dauenhauer (Landau), Manfred Deistler (Wien), Gerd Diethelm (Trier), Alexander Dilger (Münster), Klaus Diller (Koblenz), Ulrich Döring (Lüneburg), Jürgen B. Donges (Köln), Axel Dreher (Heidelberg), Hilmar Drygas (Kassel), Peter Egger (Zürich), Wolfgang Eggert (Freiburg), Jürgen Eichberger (Heidelberg), Patrick Eichenberger (Zug), Alexander Eisenkopf (Friedrichshafen), Winand Emons (Bern), Eike Emrich (Saarbrücken), Alfred Endres (Hagen), Mathias Erlei (Clausthal-Zellerfeld), Hans Fehr (Würzburg), Ulrich Fehl (Marburg), Stefan Felder (Basel), Cay Folkers (Bochum), Reto Föllmi (St. Gallen), Andreas Freytag (Jena), Jan Franke-Viebach (Siegen), Bruno Frey (Warwick), Michael Fritsch (Jena), Markus Frölich (Mannheim), Wilfried Fuhrmann (Potsdam), Michael Funke (Hamburg), Werner Gaab (Bochum), Günther Gebhardt (Frankfurt), Gerhard Gehrig (Frankfurt), Robert Göötz (Nürtingen-Geislingen), Egon Görgens (Bayreuth), Volker Grossmann (Freiburg/Schweiz), Joachim Grammig (Tübingen), Wolf-Heimo Grieben (Würzburg), Thomas Gries (Paderborn), Josef Gruber (Hagen), Erich Gundlach (Hamburg), Andreas Haaker (Hagen), Hendrik Hakenes (Bonn), Gerd Hansen (Kiel), Hans Hartwig (Münster), Andreas Haufler (München), Harry Haupt (Bielefeld), Nikolaus Hautsch (Berlin), Burkard Heer (Augsburg), Peter Heil (Mainz), Maik Heinemann (Potsdam), Arne Heise (Hamburg), Christoph Helberger (Berlin), Florian Heiss (Mainz), Olaf Henkel (München), Thomas Hering (Hagen), Carsten Herrmann-Pillath (Frankfurt), Matthias Hertweck (Konstanz), Helmut Herwartz (Kiel), Hans Hirth (Berlin), Stefan Hoderlein (Boston), Stefan Homburg (Hannover), Guido Hülsmann (Angers), Klaus Jaeger (Berlin), Jürgen Jerger (Regensburg), Uwe Jirjahn (Trier), Thomas Jost (Aschaffenburg), Martin Junkernheinrich (Kaiserslautern), Leo Kaas (Konstanz), Peter Kappelhoff (Wuppertal), Alexander Karmann (Dresden), Michael Kastner (Heidelberg), Frank Keuper (Hamburg), Gebhard Kirchgässner (St. Gallen), Oliver Kirchkamp (Jena), Guy Kirsch (Freiburg/Schweiz), Dieter Kirschke (Berlin), Roland Kirstein (Magdeburg), Václav Klaus (Prag), Eckart Klingelhöfer (Pretoria), Martin Kloyer (Greifswald), Rainer Knigge (Berlin), Michael Knittel (Stuttgart), Andreas Knorr (Speyer), Ulrich Koester (Kiel), Kai Konrad (Berlin), Dietmar Krafft (Münster), Walter Krämer (Dortmund), Tim Krieger (Paderborn), Hans-Martin Krolzig (Canterbury), Jens Krüger (Darmstadt), Walter Krug (Trier), Jörn Kruse (Hamburg), Rainer Künzel (Osnabrück), Hermann von Laer (Vechta), Franz Peter Lang (Braunschweig), Martin Leschke (Bayreuth), Roman Liesenfeld (Kiel), Frank Lobigs (Dortmund), Andreas Löhr (Frankfurt), Otto Loistl (Wien), Jürgen Löwe (St. Gallen), Bernd Lucke (Hamburg), Helga Luckenbach (Gießen), Helmut Lütkepohl (Berlin), Ernst Maug (Mannheim), Stefan May (Ingolstadt), Georg Meran (Berlin), Peter Mertens (Nürnberg), Matthias Messner (Mailand), Dirk Meyer (Hamburg), Georg Milbradt (Dresden), Gertrud Moosmüller (Passau), Karl Mosler (Köln), Georg Müller-Fürstenberger (Trier), Heiner Müller-Merbach (Kaiserslautern), Holger Mühlenkamp (Speyer), Marc-Andreas Muendler (San Diego), Renate Neubäumer (Koblenz-Landau), Günter Neubauer (München), Bernhard Neumärker (Freiburg), Werner Neus (Tübingen), Klaus Neusser (Bern),Dirk Niepelt (Gerzensee), Volker Nitsch (Darmstadt), Peter Oberender (Bayreuth), Walter Oberhofer (Regensburg), Michael Olbrich (Saarbrücken), Ingrid Ott (Karlsruhe), Wolfgang Pfaffenberger (Bremen), Hans-Georg Petersen (Potsdam), Dietmar Petzina (Bochum), Wilhelm Pfähler (Hamburg), Eva Pichler (Wien), Michael Pickhardt (Cottbus), Winfried Pohlmeier (Konstanz), Mattias Polborn (Urbana-Champain), Olaf Posch (Aarhus), Birger P. Priddat (Witten-Herdecke), Susanne Rässler (Bamberg), Bernd Raffelhüschen (Freiburg), Olaf Rank (Freiburg), Stefan Reitz (Kiel), Hans-Eggert Reimers (Wismar), Hayo Reimers (Gießen), Franco Reither (Hamburg), Til Requate (Kiel), Rudolf Richter (Saarbrücken), Wolfram Richter (Dortmund), Paul Ridder (Konstanz), Marc Oliver Rieger (Trier), Klaus Ritzberger (Wien), Gerhard Rösl (Regensburg), Roland Rollberg (Greifswald), Gerd Ronning (Tübingen), Horst Rottmann (Amberg-Weiden), Gerhard Rübel (Göttingen), Ralf Runde (Siegen), Dirk Sauerland (Witten-Herdecke), Wolf Schäfer (Hamburg), Christoph Schaltegger (Luzern), Klaus-Werner Schatz (Kiel), Malcolm Schauf (Essen), Horst Schellhaas (Köln), Bernhard Scherer (London), Jörg Schimmelpfennig (Bochum), Burkhard C. Schipper (UC Davis), Ulrich Schittko (Augsburg und Friedrichshafen), Karl Schmedders (Zürich), André Schmidt (Witten-Herdecke), Dieter Schmidtchen (Saarbrücken), Michael Schmitz (Gießen), Gunther Schnabl (Leipzig), Hans Schneeweiß (München), Ronnie Schöb (Berlin), Klaus Schöler (Potsdam), Siegfried G. Schoppe (Hamburg), Jürgen Schröder (Mannheim), Wolfgang B. Schünemann(Dortmund), Matthias Graf von der Schulenburg (Hannover), Christian Seidl (Kiel), Franz Seitz (Weiden), Friedrich L. Sell (Neubiberg), Gernot Sieg (Braunschweig), Hans-Werner Sinn (München), Sybille Sobczak (Bad Mergentheim), Peter Spahn (Hohenheim), Georg Stadtmann (Frankfurt/Oder), Joachim Starbatty (Tübingen), Thomas Steger (Leipzig), Victor Steiner (Berlin), Martin Steinrücke (Greifswald), Erich Streißler (Wien), Wolfgang Ströbele (Münster), Dirk Stroeder (Stuttgart), Hans Gerhard Strohe (Oppeln), Bernd Süßmuth (Leipzig), Tymon Tatur (Bonn), Jobst H. Thalenhorst (Münster), Theresia Theurl (Münster), Stephan Thomsen (Hannover), Karl-Heinz Tödter (Frankfurt), Stefan Traub (Bremen), Siegfried Trautmann (Mainz), Dieter Tscheulin (Freiburg), Harald Uhlig (Chicago), Stefan Voigt (Hamburg), Andreas Wagener (Hannover), Gerhard Wagenhals (Hohenheim), Adolf Wagner (Tübingen/Leipzig), Martin Wagner (Graz), Klaus Wälde (Mainz), Martin Wallmeier (Freiburg/Schweiz), Gerhard Wegner (Erfurt), Joachim Weimann (Magdeburg), Thomas Wein (Lüneburg), Rafael Weißbach (Rostock), Heinz-Dieter Wenzel (Bamberg), Robert K. von Weizsäcker (München), Peter Westerheide (Münster), Frank Westermann (Osnabrück), Hans Wielens (Münster), Otto Wiese (Münster), Michael Wolf (Zürich), Elmar Wolfstetter (Berlin), Klaus F. Zimmermann (Bonn), Achim Zink (Karlsruhe/Wien)

Society3.0 | The way to a sustainable future?

Society3.0 | MINDZ.com

Article about Society 3.0 in Second Sight: "Our present society has potential possibility to transform into what I’d like to call Society 3.0 – a (new) society that functions with an 'Interdependent Economy'. This will be a system of incorporating value-creation through sustainability, (social) involvement and reciprocity".


 Our present society has potential
possibility to transform into
what I’d like to call Society 3.0
– a (new) society that functions
with an 'Interdependent Economy'.
This will be a system of
incorporating value-creation
through sustainability, (social)
involvement and reciprocity.


http://www.society30.com/images/Ronaldvandenhoff/file/FUTURESIGHT.pdf

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID (KISS)

KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID (KISS)


Recycling was a great idea, cascading matter even better, the best is to KISS

When the elementary school teacher wondered how a tree recycles its leaves, common knowledge hit smack into the face: a tree never even attempts to reattach the leaves that dropped in the fall to its branches in the spring. While this seems to be self-evident, it sheds new light on the logic applied by societies to recycle. We have imagined and imposed closed loops that turn glass bottles into bottles, and newspapers into paper.

And while we learn the lesson that glass should perhaps become glass foam, through a chemical reaction with carbon dioxide, and paper may rather become an insulation material extending the life of cellulose, we start to understand as a community that merely recycling comes at a high cost, and that there are better options. In addition, we fail to see that while recycling is a great step towards a circular economy, the mere recovery of a waste stream often perpetuates the very non-sustainable behavior of modern society that is putting such stress on our limited resources - even when we recycle. We need to design a society that meets the needs of all by generating more value while consuming considerably less stuff. That is the reason why I call for KISS as a design principle.

Since the Club of Rome shook the establishment and presented a clear logic with the publication of the 1972 Report entitled “Limits to Growth”, we need to increase material efficiency in order to render our societies sustainable. Industry has embarked on the reduce, reuse and recycle concept. While we applaud all the efforts in that direction including the popular notions like the circular economy, cradle to cradle, increasing material efficiency by Factor 4,5 and 10, we must realize that recycling renders our consumption and production pattern inflexible as we continue to rely on and thus promote the use of totally unsustainable resources. This means that we continue to consume too much stuff. The mere reduction of materials and their recycling is great but not good enough. The rebound effect makes us consume more as efficiency increases and the continued population explosion is expected to add an extra 2 billion people implies that we continue to stress out our limited resources. That is why we need to go way beyond the mere 3R, and embrace the principle to substitute something with nothing. Only then can we respond to the basic needs of all.

While this expression “substitute something with nothing” seems unrealistic it is urgent that we embrace simplicity as a core principle in our endeavor to steer society towards sustainability, and eliminate many of the standard components, products and processes that we consider part and parcel of modern life. Take the example of the battery. While the industry delivers 40 billion batteries a year, most of which end up as uncontrolled waste, the large majority of mobile and electronic devises never needed a battery in the first place. The convenience of a power source like batteries spurs mining, smelting requiring high energy consumption and a wasteful consumption of precious resources. This battery approach to the storage of electricity neglects the potential to exploit a mere difference in temperature, pressure, or pH and the conversion of pressure from noise to generate sufficient power to operate 95 percent of all mobile electronic devices. There is no need for a green battery, we simply need no battery.

We should embark on a broad initiative to finetune and introduce technologies that eradicate the need for batteries - as simple as that. This should be one of the global initiatives in the interest of cost, health and the Earth. When exceptions apply, we should eliminate all one way batteries by law and solely operate with power accumulators that can perform the job at least 2,000 times. Or, use water that can be recharged indefinitely as a power source through the accumulation of heat. This design principle can be applied to hundreds of products and we should review a few to clarify how easy it is to have the same quality of life, without all the stuff that chokes ecosystems, risks our health, relies on too much mining and energy and was not needed in the first place!

The challenge we are facing is a dependency on material cycles which are superfluous. While recycling should be a part of life, as a part of our desire to create a culture around products of service we continue to consume excessively. I repeat: many recycling programs perpetuate totally unsustainable products and services. So instead of promoting recycling and the cradle to cradle logic, which were great strides forward at their time of conception, we need to go way beyond and eliminate. We can obtain clean drinking water without filters, pumps, membranes or chemicals, simply using the vortex, the swirling movement that rivers have applied thanks to gravity to remove unwanted particles.

Take the emerging practice of burning solid municipal waste under the pretext to generate power. While we know that incineration produces little energy at high cost, the capital investments lock in the pattern of turning waste smaller and more toxic preventing for the next 20-25 years the opportunity to practice urban mining, recovering the precious components. This “burning” locks in a destructive process. Even the more sophisticated versions of pyrolysis and plasma reinforce the closed loop approach for unsustainable elements, which will continue to be over-exploited since the worldʼs population continues to grow and ascend to the middle classes.

The broadening practice of burning waste from agriculture ranging from the bagasse of the sugar cane and the black liquor of paper production destroys the opportunity to generate more while eliminating the unneeded. Bagasse should never be incinerated since it provides the core ingredients for mushroom farming, generating ten times more protein than sugar could ever have imagined. Why would one not facilitate a ten fold increase in nutrition knowing that millions of tons of the raw material are available nearly for free? Even the promise of generating energy should not divert our attention to secure more quality food at lower cost. The same logic applies to the processing of pulp and paper. While black liquor has been traditionally viewed as an energy source, due to its high lignin content, it should never have been considered as a fuel in the first place.

Black liquor provides a rich source of biochemicals which could be converted into a feedstock of fine and renewable chemicals including the raw material for cathodes, a core element in the battery which is traditionally produced out of metals, but could now be manufactured out of bio-based materials. The same logic could be applied to antennas, screaming at us at high energy cost and metal intensity competing for waves to reach our phone, computer or internet
connection. If the new Superformula by Johan Gielis were widely applied, then we could reduce the stuff related to this standard equipment by factor one hundred since transponders, relays and WiFi senders and receivers will not be needed anymore.

Custom designed and powerful antennas can be produced out of recycled plastics, mining the tremendous excess of thermo-stable petroleum derivates that now pollute the air (due to indiscriminate incineration) and the seas (through accumulation in huge plastic islands that need 500 to 1,000 years to degrade). We can substitute metal antennas, while dramatically cutting back the energy consumption of antennas that is hardly ever debated. Do we realize that each cellphone antenna unit that dots the skies especially along freeways consumes electricity as if it were a Hummer car?

The conversion of our local electricity networks from 110 or 220 Volt Alternate Current (AC) to 12 V Direct Current (DC) while relying on at least seven different sources of renewable energy forms abundant and available in the immediate neighborhood of consumption, cuts dramatically back on copper wires perhaps with factor one hundred, while simplifying all electric and electronic equipment. About 80 percent of energy efficient systems used at home or at the office, operate with electronic devices and controls requiring less than 12V. All electricity needs can be met without the need for converters and inverters, it even reduces the need for pylons and transfer station that dot our urban and peri-urban environment exposing us to poorly understood radiation risks. This would eliminate the charger business. It is another case of substituting something ... with nothing.

If we substitute cotton, the standard natural fiber dressing the world, which consumes an estimated quarter of the worldʼs agro-chemicals and irrigation water with nettle fibers and alginates from algae blooms, then we not only free up land for food production, the nearly 100 million tons of cotton could become more than 100 million tons of protein for human consumption. At the same time we eliminate the chemicals and put water to a better use. The nettles can be farmed on degraded land, clean up the soil from contaminants, and the algae absorb CO2 cleansing our air. This substitutes large scale farming of cotton with small scale industrial units for nettles and alginates processing that are competitive provided we take all the benefits and externalities into account and not simply compare a ton for a ton. We substitute water for irrigation with “no water” since nettles are stronger when stressed in their growth, and algae convert abundant seawater into a base for farming, instead of consuming precious drinking water. This approach not only frees up essentials, it takes the negatives out of the equation.

It is well known that we do not have enough steel, cement and concrete to meet all the housing needs. The 200 million homes required over the next decade in the tropical belt will only be met with poverty and violence if the cement, brick and mortar approach dominates. Since 100 square meters of land reserved to farm bamboo provides sufficient space to “grow” a house every year (after an initial 3 years) for 75 years we can once again add up what is not needed in modern construction industry: no energy, no water, no metals, no additives. Even the preservation of the bamboo can be achieved by converting the non-structural parts into charcoal and the gases are impregnated eliminating the chemicals that are otherwise needed to extend the life of the house by protecting it from insects and fungi. And while we plant thousands of hectares with bamboo forests, we secure that the hydrological cycles provide local drinking water. A 2,000 hectare bamboo forest secures - as is done in Guayaquil (Ecuador) 42 prefabricated homes a day at a cost of less than one thousand dollars. The house can be signed up for in the morning and delivered in the afternoon at a cost of $17 a month. Who said housing is expensive? Who argued that we should reduce our carbon footprint? We can even have a negative carbon footprint by providing social housing low cost.

The infamous PET bottles with PP caps are a disgrace in our modern societies, defying the intelligence of the human race. How can one use a water container with ingredients that do not degrade for hundreds of years, and then invent incineration as the solution to rid ourselves of the excesses of plastics? It seems to have slipped out of our reality checks that unlike plastics, glass cannot be destroyed, only transformed. Whereas plastics can be produced and burned once, that is it. Now if we convert the end-of-life glass into glass foam while consuming CO2, then we eliminate the need for fire retardants, considered indispensable in society. This necessary evil does not have to pursue its search for “less toxic” ingredients. We can simply eliminate the need by choosing materials that will not burn!

The Blue Economy cases that I have been monitoring, supporting, implementing and learning from provide me the proof of concept. Substituting something with nothing is an important guideline to simplify our society that is over-consuming, accumulating stuff that has no exit, while releasing resources that are abundant without stressing the Earth beyond the carrying capacity. Time has come to keep it simple - may I say - stupid!

Kudos to Gunter Paul one of the most genius environmentalists on this planet! 
He could realy CHANGE the WORLD if he would work together with the right people
creating a completely new Society 3.0!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Protestbrief gegen EU-Beschlüsse | Frank Stronach Institut

Protestbrief gegen EU-Beschlüsse | Frank Stronach Institut
 Frank Stronach Institut

Protestbrief gegen EU-Beschlüsse

Die jüngsten Beschlüsse der Eurogipfel haben 172 Wirtschaftsprofessoren veranlasst, in der “Frankfurter Allgemeinen” einen Protestaufruf an Bürger und Politik zu verfassen.


Liebe Mitbürger,
die Entscheidungen, zu denen sich die Kanzlerin auf dem Gipfeltreffen der EU-Länder gezwungen sah, waren falsch. Wir, Wirtschaftswissenschaftlerinnen und Wirtschaftswissenschaftler der deutschsprachigen Länder, sehen den Schritt in die Bankenunion, die eine kollektive Haftung für die Schulden der Banken des Eurosystems bedeutet, mit großer Sorge. Die Bankschulden sind fast dreimal so groß wie die Staatsschulden und liegen in den fünf Krisenländern im Bereich von mehreren Billionen Euro. Die Steuerzahler, Rentner und Sparer der bislang noch soliden Länder Europas dürfen für die Absicherung dieser Schulden nicht in Haftung genommen weden, zumal riesige Verluste aus der Finanzierung der inflationären Wirtschaftsblasen der südlichen Länder absehbar sind. Banken müssen scheitern dürfen. Wenn die Schuldner nicht zurückzahlen können, gibt es nur eine Gruppe, die die Lasten tragen sollte und auch kann: die Gläubiger selber, denn sie sind das Investitionsrisiko bewusst eingegangen und nur sie verfügen über das notwendige Vermögen.

Die Politiker mögen hoffen, die Haftungssummen begrenzen und den Missbrauch durch eine gemeinsame Bankenaufsicht verhindern zu können. Das wird ihnen aber kaum gelingen, solange die Schuldnerländer über die strukturelle Mehrheit im Euroraum verfügen. Wenn die soliden Länder der Vergemeinschaftung der Haftung für die Bankschulden grundsätzlich zustimmen, werden sie immer wieder Pressionen ausgesetzt sein, die Haftungssummen zu vergrößern oder die Voraussetzungen für den Haftungsfall aufzuweichen. Streit und Zwietracht mit den Nachbarn sind vorprogrammiert. Weder der Euro noch der europäische Gedanke als solcher werden durch die Erweiterung der Haftung auf die Banken gerettet; geholfen wird statt dessen der Wall Street, der City of London – auch einigen Investoren in Deutschland - und einer Reihe maroder in- und ausländischer Banken, die nun weiter zu Lasten der Bürger anderer Länder, die mit all dem wenig zu tun haben, ihre Geschäfte betreiben dürfen.
Die Sozialisierung der Schulden löst nicht dauerhaft die aktuellen Probleme; sie führt dazu, dass unter dem Deckmantel der Solidarität einzelne Gläubigergruppen bezuschußt und volkswirtschaftlich zentrale Investitonsentscheidungen verzerrt werden.

Bitte tragen Sie diese Sorgen den Abgeordneten Ihres Wahlkreises vor; unsere Volksvertreter sollen wissen, welche Gefahren unserer Wirtschaft drohen.
Hanns Abele (Wien)
Werner Abelshauser (Bielefeld)
Klaus Adam (Mannheim)
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Frank Stronach will play a big role in Changing the FUTURE.......

Frank Stronach wird in der ZiB2 interviewed .. oder so - YouTube

Habe gerade im Radio gehört wie Publikumsliebling  Armin Assinger
diesen Auftritt von Frank Stronach im Fernsehen als seine Fernseh Sternstunde
bezeichnet hat und seine HOCHACHTUNG für Frank Stronach ausgesprochen
hat. Frank Stronach hat mehr Jobs geschaffen als irgend ein Politiker auf
dieser Welt! Hunderttausende Jobs seit er angefangen hat in 1954!
Ich versuche Frank Stronach zum Zukunftsmacher für die ZUKUNFT
in EUROPA nicht nur in Österreich zu machen!
Er ist gegen den ESM und für Politiker und Banken die DIENEN!
Wunderbar! Aber bitte nicht in die Politik gehen sondern von aussen
mit den Massen in EUROPA die Zukunft gestalten...
Es braucht eine Bewegung für die Rettung der Demokrtie in Europa!
Der ESM bedeutet eine neue Diktatur in EUROPA!
Was wollen die Leute in EUROPA?  Frieden! Und Arbeit!
Der Rest wird dann folgen...

Dafür stehen wir

Österreich muss dringend Maßnahmen ergreifen, die unseren Lebensstandard verbessern, ohne uns weiter zu verschulden.
Wir dürfen keine Schulden mehr machen und müssen endlich damit beginnen unsere Schulden zurückzuzahlen. Diese Schuldenbremse gehört in den Verfassungsrang und jede Nichteinhaltung muss entsprechend sanktioniert werden. Ich trete dafür ein, dass Politiker einen Eid ablegen, der sie zur Einhaltung gewisser Grundsätze verpflichten soll. Wenn zum Beispiel ein Politiker ein Gesetz unterstützt, das eine weitere Verschuldung verursacht, soll er sofort zurücktreten!
Wir brauchen eine ganz einfache und gerechte Steuer, eine flat tax, die jeder Bürger versteht, ohne Schlupflöcher und Privilegien. Unternehmen, die im Inland investieren, sollen von der Steuer im Umfang ihrer Investitionen befreit sein. Das bedeutet nämlich Arbeitsplätze im Land. Derzeit gibt es ja absurde Steuerregeln, die Unternehmen, die ihr Geld im Ausland investieren, in Österreich steuerlich begünstigen, das gehört abgeschafft.
Besonders wichtig ist auch, dass wir die große Kluft zwischen den Wohlhabenden und den Arbeitern verringern: Unternehmen sollen ihre Mitarbeiter am Profit beteiligen. So werden die Arbeiter motiviert. Sie sind dann am Erfolg, den sie ja durch ihren Fleiß miterwirtschaften, beteiligt.
Wir sind überverwaltet! Wir müssen in zivilisierter Weise die Verwaltung abbauen.
Schliesslich möchte ich festhalten, dass Österreich zu einem starken und vereinten Europa beitragen soll, wir sollen helfen Frieden zu  erhalten und den  freien
Personen-, Güter- und Kapitalverkehr fördern. Ich weiß, zu diesem Thema herrscht Unklarheit und es gibt viele geteilte Meinungen, aber für mich als Mann der Weltwirtschaft ist klar: Österreich muss seine Zukunft in eigene Hände nehmen und zur eigenen Wirtschafts- und Finanzpolitik zurückkehren.
Es gibt viele weitere äusserst reformbedürftige Themen in unserem Land, wie zum Beispiel das Gesundheitswesen, das Pensionssystem, das Bildungswesen, die Sicherheit, Einwanderung etc. Für diese Themen müssen unbedingt die Bürger miteinbezogen werden, es müssen Lösungen ausserhalb der Parteipolitik gefunden werden.
 

Frank Stronach Institut

This is what we stand for

Austria needs to adopt a number of political and economic measures that will improve the country’s standard of living. We need to stop digging ourselves deeper and deeper into debt and we need to start paying back the money we owe. We also need to introduce measures that prevent politicians from mortgaging the future by borrowing more and more money to finance government spending. We need a simpler and fairer tax system, a flat tax without loopholes or privileges that every citizen can understand. And we need to stop rewarding companies that invest outside the country, and instead grant tax exemptions to companies that invest their profits and create jobs in Austria. We need to reduce the so called “great divide” between the wealthy and the working class. One of the best ways to do this is to provide incentives for companies that share profits with their employees. We need to reduce the size of government bureaucracy. We are over-governed, over-regulated and over-bureaucratized. Austria should continue to be a staunch supporter of a strong Europe. And it should support the free movement of persons, goods and capital within Europe. But Austria must manage its own political future and regain control of its own economic destiny. And finally, the citizens of Austria need to have greater involvement in the political system. We must find new and innovative solutions outside the realm of traditional party politics.

Reforming government – more democracy and less party politics

Government is the management team of a country, and that management team is made up of politicians. Although most politicians mean well and want to serve the country, the primary mandate of a politician is to be elected or re-elected. So the dilemma we face is that government decisions are driven primarily by political rather than economic reasoning. This is especially the case in Austria. Austria’s political system is pseudo-democratic and has become rife with cronyism. It is in dire need of reform. One of its chief problems is the lack of citizen involvement. Politicians who stand for election are chosen from among members on a party list, and various special interest groups ranging from big business and unions to large professional chambers influence who gets chosen to be on these party lists. Through this process, the political status quo is maintained from election to election. The political system in Austria needs more democracy and greater competition so that the best politicians can come forward. For example, party leaders should be democratically elected by the members of the party. Similarly, every member of the National Council should be elected by the citizens living in that member’s electoral district. Austria needs to urgently find solutions to a number of political issues in the areas of education, health, immigration and the environment. Political parties have shown themselves to be incapable of finding solutions to these issues, which is another reason why the country needs greater citizen involvement. The Frank Stronach Institute advocates the creation of a new Chamber of Citizen Representatives as a way to create greater citizen involvement in the political system and to bring forward fresh ideas and solutions to the problems confronting the country. These new Citizen Representatives would be much more inclined to place the country’s socio-economic welfare and long-term national interests ahead of political considerations or partisan views since they would not be beholden to any political party. Citizen Representatives would be selected using the same process as another time-honoured democratic tradition – the jury system. A computer could randomly select a list of candidates for the position of Citizen Representative in each electoral district across the country. The addition of Citizen Representatives would make government much more democratic, effective and accountable. In addition, Citizen Representatives would bring a much more pragmatic approach to managing the affairs of the country, and  would be much more inclined to place the long-term economic interests of the country ahead of short-term partisan interests.   

Reducing debt to reignite economic growth

Every household knows that it cannot spend more than it earns, otherwise its occupants will soon become dependent on welfare. Every farmer knows that he cannot spend more than he earns, otherwise he will eventually lose his farm. And every business person knows that if your business spends more money than it brings in, the company will go bankrupt. But when it comes to politicians, the dangerous consequences of debt are often ignored. When countries sink deeper and deeper into debt, it is usually the fault of poorly managed governments and reckless politicians looking for quick fixes, easy solutions and votes. In other words, politicians often end up placing short-term political gains ahead of the long-term economic well-being of the nation. Austria has accumulated a massive national debt. The real ratio of national debt to GDP in Austria is approaching 100% and the country must pay approximately 10 billion Euros annually just to cover the interest on the debt owed, an amount that is higher than the combined annual budget for education, art and culture. If the country doesn’t take action to stop the build-up of debt, the interest on that mountain of debt will continue to grow. And, as the world has recently witnessed in the case of Greece, a large and out-of-control public debt can have drastic consequences for the entire country. Citizens need to push for binding changes that will tie the hands of free-spending politicians so that governments cannot spend more money than they generate through taxes. Several countries have already done this. Germany established a so-called “debt brake” in its national constitution in 2009. The debt brake legislation requires the government to deliver a balanced budget over the course of several years (similar to a regular business cycle). If the country is forced to borrow money during a recession, it must return to a balanced budget during an economic upturn. Switzerland also entrenched a debt brake provision in its national constitution in 2003 following a citizen referendum. The Swiss government estimates that the country’s national debt rate will decline to just 34% of the GDP in 2014 from 60% in 2004 when the debt brake was first established. In addition, most of the states in the US are bound by their constitutions to have a balanced budget. But these constitutional provisions are only effective if there are sanctions or penalties attached that hold politicians accountable for their actions. Politicians need to stop making reckless spending promises in an attempt to win votes. But at the same time, it is also the responsibility of voters to reject spending promises made by politicians that are not in the long-term interests of the country. There is no escaping from the consequences of debt: in the final analysis, we are destroying our children’s and grandchildren’s futures, and we will all have to pay off the debt in the form of higher taxes and cuts to social programs. It is high time that we faced up to our debt obligations and forced our political leaders to stop spending more than they take in. Freed from the burden of debt, countries would have room to lower taxes and become more competitive in the global marketplace, creating greater growth, more employment and a higher standard of living for all citizens.

Creating prosperity – giving employees a share of the profits

The main reason why people get up in the morning is that they want to create a better life for themselves and their families. People want to become prosperous. But to attain prosperity, you must generate wealth, and wealth is created by three driving forces: good management, hard-working employees, and investors. All three of these stakeholders have a moral right to the financial outcome. From my experience, sharing profits with employees is a proven and powerful formula for growth. When workers have a tangible stake in the company’s financial success, they are more motivated to produce a better product for a better price, and the company becomes more competitive. It’s the formula we enshrined in the Corporate Constitution of the company I founded, Magna International Inc., and it’s the reason why that company has grown into a world leader in the automotive industry with close to 110,000 employees working at over 370 manufacturing and R&D centres around the world. The Constitution ensures that everyone has a financial stake in the profitability of the company, while also striking a balance between the interests of management, shareholders and workers. Balance is a vital element for any society. One of the main problems in our society today is that there is a growing gap between the wealthy and the average working person. That gap must be reduced. We need to create frameworks and tax incentives that will encourage companies to give employees a share of the profits. If everyone is in the same boat – management and employees – then everyone will work together to improve the products and services their company provides. In short, the company will become more competitive, producing better products, winning new customers and generating greater profit. It has become popular nowadays to talk about how we can distribute wealth. But it is far more important to focus on how we can create wealth. Without wealth creation, there is nothing to distribute. And the best way to create enhanced prosperity and productivity is by sharing the financial success of a company with each of its key stakeholders. 

Reducing taxes – generating growth via a simple and fair tax system

Economic growth means a greater number of jobs. And if more people are working, we would generate more tax revenue while at the same time reduce government spending related to social costs such as unemployment and welfare. In the final analysis, it is the tax system, more so than any other economic lever that has the greatest bearing on the creation of wealth and jobs. We need a streamlined tax system, one that is clearly understood by every citizen. A flat tax system would be straightforward and clear-cut, with no loopholes, no privileges , and could be applied to all personal income, as well as all corporate and capital income (dividends and interest income).  The flat tax rate would be between 20 and 40 percent; the optimal percentage would be found over the course of time. The current tax system is overly-complicated, too vague and too difficult to understand. It has become a drag on economic growth, and requires businesses and individuals to spend more and more time complying with tax filings – time that ultimately increases the final cost of the product or service provided by the business.  However a simple, flat-rate tax system would unshackle individuals and businesses from the enormous waste of time and energy spent complying with tax filings or preparing for audits. More importantly, it would stimulate the creation of jobs, reduce bureaucracy and spark economic growth. If a company invests its profits outside Austria it should pay tax on those profits. But businesses that invest their profits in Austria should be exempt from paying any tax whatsoever – a reward for investing in our country and creating jobs. Furthermore, we should eliminate complicated amortization rules. The costs associated with the purchase of equipment should be accounted for in the year in which the purchase is made. At the same time, we should keep and perhaps even expand the consumption tax on the purchase of goods and services.This tax would ensure that wealthier individuals contribute more taxes via their spending on higher-priced and luxury items. Under a flat tax system, we would need far fewer tax consultants and financial experts. Naturally, some professional groups, driven by their own financial self-interest, would be very reluctant to embrace a simplified tax. But the truth is, we have drifted away from a real economy, one in which we manufacture products, to a predominantly financial economy based on financial engineering and manipulation. We have become less and less pre-occupied with creating real wealth, and more and more engaged in the process of transferring and redistributing the declining wealth that we do generate. Today, more than ever before, we need to create a tax system that is transparent, simpler and more geared toward the creation of wealth. If we developed such a system, we would create greater prosperity and increased employment.

Reducing bureaucracy and increasing competitiveness

Austria is administered by 183 members of the National Assembly, 63 members of the Upper House of the Austrian Parliament, as well as 14 ministers and 4 undersecretaries. In addition, the country has 1 President, 9 heads of provincial government, 84 district leaders and 2,357 mayors. On top that, Austria has 22 social insurance agencies and another central association in the health system, with each agency run by a chair and a host of other directors and officials. The country also has three big chambers: the Chamber of Labour, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Agriculture. These three chambers are umbrella organizations for the nine provincial chambers for commerce, labour and agriculture. In addition, there are numerous other chambers, including the Medical Association, the Bar Association, the Chamber of Notaries, the Chamber of Public Accountants, the Chamber of Pharmacists, the Chamber of Architects, and so on. And each of these Chambers has a president, a vice-president and a large number of directors and officials. All of these various government agencies and departments are housed in luxurious office buildings and the senior bureaucrats and politicians who administer them often have large expense accounts as well as chauffeur-driven limousines. I’ve often said that if you run a factory, it doesn’t matter how productive the people on the factory floor are if there is too much administration up top. The business will simply not be competitive. The same holds true for a country. But in a civilized society, no one sector or group should be made the scapegoat for our problems. It’s not the fault of government employees that our bureaucracy has gotten bloated. All of us, to a certain extent, are to blame because we as a society have repeatedly turned to government as the chief source to solve all of our social and economic problems and fulfill all of our needs, forgetting in the process that government cannot give you anything unless it takes it from you first. The plain fact is, Austria is over-governed, over-bureaucratized and over-administered. The administration does not create economic wealth but instead consumes vast amounts of tax money. The most important task of a country is to provide security. In addition, no individual should be hungry, homeless or without health care in a civilized society. Meeting these minimum standards is the key task of any country, and the government should fulfill these tasks as efficiently as possible. We need fewer laws, simpler laws and less administration. There is a lot of government fat that can be cut out and a lot of waste that can be stopped. If we reduced the size of government burearcacy, there would be fewer people working on rules and regulations that hamper business productivity, and more employees contributing value-added activities in the private sector. Whether it’s business or government, the key watchword in today’s world is efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. Those businesses and governments that understand this will prosper. Those that do not are doomed to fall behind.

Europe needs competition instead of egalitarianism

The most significant economic problems facing many European countries today can be traced back to the establishment of monetary union and the creation of the Euro. Many of the economically weaker countries within the European Union (EU) took advantage of the inexpensive money that the EU made available to them. Most of that money has been spent propping up an artificially high standard of living, one that has been borrowed rather than earned. Greece is a prime example. Greece is the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, and the Greeks were independent for thousands of years. But in the 21st century, the country decided to join the European Union, which offered easy access to inexpensive money and other inducements that have driven Greece into national bankruptcy. Now the European Union is force-feeding Greece more stimulus money combined with a package of austerity measures that include cuts to social spending. It’s no wonder that the people of Greece are in revolt. Greece should be allowed to go its own way. It’s clear that you help a neighbour when he is in trouble. But it isn’t right that countries with sound economies and sound fiscal policies should have to subsidize countries that have been grossly financially mismanaged. When that happens, then everybody loses. During the previous century, the primary concern of the European people following two devastating world wars was to establish a lasting peace. Over the course of time they agreed to work closer together economically to establish a stronger Europe. The European Community safeguarded free passenger traffic, free transportation of goods and the free movement of capital. As a result, the economy prospered for a long period of time. The engine of this economic miracle was the unfettered competition that was allowed to exist in all areas between the countries that were members of the European Community. But then the countries of Europe made a critical mistake: instead of only concentrating on economic co-operation, they sought to bring about a political union. The foundation of the European Union, with its massive administrative machinery, has not contributed to further economic growth. On the contrary, it has created an enormous bureaucracy that has hampered economic progress. And in its zealous pursuit of “harmonization”, the EU has dragged Europe’s countries down to the lowest common denominator. It would have been easy for the various countries of Europe to implement the desire for peace and prosperity without forcing their people into an overly-centralized political system with a vast and intrusive bureaucracy. It appears that the objective of the ruling class in Europe today is to build a federal state that is centrally governed, and within this super state, the rights and powers of the various countries that comprise Europe will either be eliminated or made subservient to the central power of the EU bureaucracy. That’s why it’s vital that the countries of Europe politically disentangle themselves from the EU and return to sound economic policies and principles. I have hope that the Frank Stronach Institute will STEP IN and FIGHT for the Democracy in EUROPE!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The rise of LEDs and what it means for cities

Infographic - Lighting the Clean Revolution: The rise of LEDs and what it means for cities

Infographic - Lighting the Clean Revolution: The rise of LEDs and what it means for cities

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29 June 2012
Infographic - Lighting the Clean Revolution: The rise of LEDs and what it means for cities
At Rio+20 we launched the game-changing report Lighting the Clean Revolution: The rise of LEDs and what it means for cities, which looks at the economic and efficiency benefits of low carbon LED lighting - and can be downloaded here. But for a simple snapshot of the report, we've also designed this infographic.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

iCats Program - LGT Final Call for ICats Fellowship 2013

iCats Program - LGT

iCats Program
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Final call for iCats Fellowship 2013 applications
Application deadline: Monday, 23 July 2012

Less than one week left until application deadline is due for the iCats Fellowship Program 2013. Watch our video and read more  about the program.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Best regards,

Tom Kagerer
iCats Program Director
 

Friday, July 13, 2012

SFG - Individual Principles for the Responsible Investor

SFG - Individual Principles for the Responsible Investor - YouTube


 Its great to see the shift to more TBL Investments all around the world..the great work of Robert Rubinstein and his TBLI Group and conferences shows how anyone can start sustainable  investments. Together we can build a sustainable future.

EUROPEAN ACTION AGAINST ESM

EUROPEAN ACTION AGAINST ESM

Brussels discretely prepares a coup d'état in the 17 countries of the euro-zone.
A new treaty will allow Brussels to take unlimited money from the states vaults to rescue the euro.
Of course, the European Union does not want the citizens to learn about it.
On the internet they made available only one copy of the text of this treaty: in english!
(96,5% of the euro-citizens speak other languages!)
This European Treaty has been signed 11 July '11 and is called the European Stability Mechanism, ESM, a kind of permanent rescue fund with unlimited power and unlimited access to the Treasuries of the 17 countries.
Curiously, not a single newspaper, not nationally nor internationally has spent a title on this treaty.
Me and others denounced the irregularity of the treaty. Apparently the instigators of the treaty were not satisfied either and wanted a much more extended treaty. So Brussels had to come up with a second version. This time it was signed by the Ambassadors of the countries. That was on 2 February 2012.
Once again, the press stayed quiet and even today, only very few Europeans know about the monstre that disguised as merciful Samaritan is getting ready to overrule our democracies.
Now is the time for the parliamentarians and senators in the various euro coutries to decide whether or not they accept to adopt the treaty. It needs the ratification of countries holding 90% of the shares.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Can We Save the World?

Today i will be at the ECOPORT in Graz one of the most ECO Friendly buildings in EUROPE build by the owner himself Hans Roth and his company Roth Building Management. It was Hans Roth who invited me to the conference to discuss a sustainable future with very interesting speakers at his sustainability conference!



 At a sustainability Conference asking the Question:  "Can We Save The World"?  by Saubermacher Austria's leading Waste Management Company to find a answer to the question can we save the world? New paths for a sustainable future with Dr. Klaus Topfer the executive director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and many other interesting speakers.  I am sure We can no doubt at all but we need radical CHANGE no more Business as Usual. I think that the people in the world and the world best Companies will lead the way... CSR is top of the Agenda for all companies and TBLI will soon be the NEW NORMAL..no more investments that KILL the Planet! By no Company and no Country... The future we want is a great idea...but the Future we need is what we will discuss today. We need a SUSTAINABLE FUTURE! We have to BUILD a SUSTAINABLE FUTURE!

I will try to build a new Coalition between the Government of Styria and Hans Roth & friends to make the ECO port a new global think tank for sustainability a new International Center for Sustainable Excellence.... with a Great Entrepeneur who believes that he can Build a Sustainable future like Walter Schmid in Switzerland does...he will soon open his Umweltarena a real lighttower project for EUROPE...the future will arrive in Switzerland at August 24. in this building that has been build CO2 neutral and will produce more energy than it needs.....completely covered with solar panels..awesome building!

 



The Idea behind the ICSE    

The International Center for Sustainable Excellence (ICSE) in Graz, Austria, could be  a Center that shows visitors, participants and users how knowledge and skills in the field of sustainability will  together shape our future and makes them experience this. Sustainability in a wide perspective but with the help of concrete examples (showcases) from trade and industry, universities and researchers, and social organizations. The center gives an insight into a new world where respect, trust and openness form the new central idea.
We will start with a Competence Center and Think Tank at the ECOPORT  and Sustainable Excellence Awards for the most inspiring People Companies Organisations Regions Cities the worlds best experts will be invited to join this THINK TANK.  Together We Build A Brighter Future.

The aim of the Center is to make sustainability real and tangible, to show how developments come about and what it takes. In this way, visitors are handed ideas to make sustainability self-evident and a part of their every day life.

The purpose of the Center is also to let all participants cooperate in order to come to new developments or insights. This can be on a product or production level, but also at the level of corporate management, design, life style, work and housing.

The participants of the ICSE  consist of local, national and international centers of knowledge, organizations and companies that lead the way with respect to sustainable developments.
All together they bring along a worldwide network which is necessary to find solutions for the future.

Thus in the ICSE, projects in the cradle to cradle field, biomimicry and other applications of sustainability and sustainable entrepreneurship come together.

In this way, the ICSE will become a source of knowledge from where solutions may well up that are practically admissible to trade and industry, to public authorities and to the individual citizen. Because only through cooperation, the necessary new future can take shape.

In the ICSE there is room for many companies to show the public customers and associated companies their newest developments in the area of sustainability. Showing how one thing works, implies also an open communication. This requires trust in and respect for another.

In the ICSE, there is also room for national and international institutions, knowledge centers and organizations in the field of sustainability. A real incubator where sustainability evolves!


I hope that Arnold Schwarzenegger will also help his Hometown Graz to Build a sustainable future...as he says the TIME IS NOW for us to go beyond simply Being Less BAD and to lead the world in the invention and innovation of MORE GOOD with a new Cradle to Cradle Economy! Together we will inspire and transform the world.

 
Kudos to Arnold Schwarzenegger for making such a huge difference for a sustainable future

Hans Lak Founder One Person Can Make A Difference One Earth One Mission: together we build a brighter future!  

  One Earth One Mission

We CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!  



Monday, July 9, 2012

Dr. Daniel G. Nocera - A Solution to the Global Energy Challenge - YouTube

Dr. Daniel G. Nocera - A Solution to the Global Energy Challenge - YouTube

Watch the video to learn why you can forget NUCLEAR ENERGY we would have to build 200 Nuclear Plants each year to meet the Energy Demand in 2050...impossible but BIOMASS would not work either. Windenergy? Forget it...  Hydro Power ? Forget it!. MIT Professor Dan Nocera believes he can solve the worlds energy problems with an Olympic-sized pool of water. Nocera and his research team have identified a simple technique for powering the Earth inexpensively by using the sun to split water and store energy - making the large-scale deployment of personalized solar energy possible. He realy ROCKS found out more about his work

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