Last updated on: 10/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

International Forum on Globalization Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“All alternative energy sources and technologies must be assessed for their systemic impacts on the atmosphere, biodiversity, water, soil, and universal human rights, so as to help the public and governments better decide between false solutions and genuinely sustainable climate stability alternatives. The internalization of social and ecological cost will drive ecological solutions that transform today‚Äôs patterns of production and consumption, replacing long-distance trade and
absentee-ownership with decentralized economic activity under community control…

We need to reduce global energy demand. As recent reports of runaway energy demand make clear, the world needs a crash diet to
curb its overall energy consumption or it faces ecological catastrophe and violent conflicts over resources.”

“A Call for Climate Talks to Accelerate Global Economic and Energy Transition: What Bali Must Achieve,” www.ifg.org, Dec. 10, 2007

Description:

“THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GLOBALIZATION (IFG) is a North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analyses and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization. Formed in 1994, the IFG came together out of shared concern that the world’s corporate and political leadership was rapidly restructuring global politics and economics on a level that was as historically significant as any period since the Industrial Revolution…

Unique in its diversity, depth, and breadth, the IFG works through an active international board of key citizen movement leaders; a small, dedicated staff; and a network of hundreds of associates representing regions throughout the world on a broad spectrum of issues. Our work is closely linked to social justice and environmental movements, providing them with critical thinking and frameworks that inform campaigns and activities ‘on the ground.’

The IFG produces numerous publications; organizes high-profile, large public events; hosts many issue-specific seminars; coordinates press conferences and media interviews at international events; and participates in many other activities that focus on the myriad consequences of globalization.”

“About the International Fourm on Globalization,” www.ifg.org (accessed Oct. 9, 2008)

Mission:

“IFG PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES are dedicated to examining the myriad effects of globalization and to promoting diverse solutions to the current model.”

“About the International Fourm on Globalization,” www.ifg.org (accessed Oct. 9, 2008)

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