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Global climate change is an environmental issue, but ultimately a development issue. In the history of human civilization, we all face this issue, an issue of human survival, evolution, and sustainable development, especially in the context of the earth's evolution and changing climate. To this there is no debate.
Climate change is everyone's business. Climate change is nothing new, nor sudden; the earth has experienced climate variability since its beginning, and most recently it has been rapidly evolving for at least two centuries since the beginning of industrialization. What we are seeing now is a global inability to hide from this legacy of human behavior. At its core we have a global pollution crisis that began with industrialization and continues today. Looking back at the history of human civilization, we have never faced such a global and unparalleled ecological crisis that threatens our water supplies, food resources, our health, energy security and economic and social development. Ultimately, with the earth's population now reaching 7 billion + inhabitants, our global security is what is at risk.
These risks are real and they are profound. More importantly, they can and must be managed. For whatever tomorrow brings, our future generations will be there, and they must be equipped with open eyes and informed and evolved perspective on the dynamics of humankind's engagement with the environment, and the realities brought on by the evolving nature of the earth's environment that humankind occupies and that has been undergoing constant change by the likes of global climate change.
At the NCSD we strive to undertake projects and programs that will inform, educate, demonstrate and share practices that are locally responsible and that encourage communities to create jobs and stimulate economic benefit while slowly removing the generation of Green House Gasses from the economic and social equation.
The developed world has long derived great prosperity from industrial development and the current developing world is hoping to achieve similar benefits. The NCSD is working with partners around the world to promote the prosperity that comes from economic development while advancing the proposition that a low carbon future (a low pollution future) is essential to and can promote new prosperity in all nations, in harmony with nature. We believe that leadership must be through example and that our mission of using demonstration projects to show how this can be achieved is a worthy definition of sustainable development.
We welcome collaboration by all who seek to promote the global sustainable low carbon economy.
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