07/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Convergence on Zero for Equitable Sustainability

We brought you Richard Burton, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, and Michael Douglas' missus... now we're bringing you a vision of a sustainable future -- what's not to love about Wales? Having led the world into the fossil fuel revolution, Wales is now lighting the path ahead (with metaphorical high-efficiency solar powered L.E.D lights!!) towards a clean future.

Every year, the Smithsonian picks a country to focus on for it's annual folklife festival . This year they have picked Wales. So what can the U.S. learn about sustainability from the country of -- scrub that -- principality of Wales?

There is an eclectic line-up of speakers and will doubtless be some exciting information presented. To give you a sneak preview...

There is a need for a clear blueprint for the world's energy future: Rhodri Morgan, First Minister for Wales, will open the conference by discussing his nation's plan to cut fossil fuel use by 90% over coming years. Here at the HuffPo, we all got really excited about the Pickens' Plan, [here], [here], [here], [here], [here], and [here]... you get the picture! However, ultimately we need to look for durable solutions that will last beyond the very last drop of fossil fuel. CAT who are co-ordinating the Convergence on Zero event have devised an energy strategy called "Zero Carbon Britain" [I worked on the first version and am now taking part in the revision that will draw on expertise from all over the UK and beyond]. Whilst "Zero Carbon America" might seem like fantasy, as the true costs of anthropogenic climate change become clearer, the advantages of decarbonizing our economies will start to stack up in greater number. Colin Hines will be talking about "The Green New Deal," which echoes the tone of Dennis Kucinich's "Works Green Administration" proposal.

It promises to be an interesting event, and for HuffPo greenies in D.C. make sure you swing by!