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Reflections on the Eye on Earth Summit


Eye on Earth LogoIn December 2011, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The summit brought together global leaders who realize that with a global population of seven billion, gathering environmental data is critical.  Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Secretary General of Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency said “our over-riding purpose is to bring together all of you who have worked so hard and long to bring down the barriers that prevent all of us having access to the knowledge we need to safeguard our planet’s future.”

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Can Hope Replace Fear in Managing the Ocean?

A reCan Hope Replace Fear in Managing the Oceancent article in Forbes carried the headline “Make Money from Fear” and suggested investors protect themselves against stock market declines by buying securities coined “crash insurance.”

Like the Forbes article about investing, our nation’s political strategies often use fear to focus attention. In fact, as Franklin Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” There is no black and white answer to many issues. There are choices. Fear often drives decisions that miss the mark on what the problems are and result in the loss of options for a more hopeful future.

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A View from Rio+20

Copacobana Beach.  The girl from Ipanema, rampant crime, slum neighborhoods on the hillsides above ocean front tourist centers, fantastic natural beauty, and beef so cheap that burgers cost less than an order of fries – Rio de Janeiro is a study in contrasts and was metaphorically suited to host Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

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