I was on the edge of my seat hanging onto his every word. Landry Ninteretse, a youth climate activist from Burundi, was speaking in front of hundreds at the U.N. Climate Negotiations in Durban, South Africa.
Entrepreneurs are equipped to grow the business models to deploy solutions to our global energy needs. Nations like the U.S. and Canada are inept investors and entrepreneurs. But they do set the tone and attitude of their nation.
Climate talks are moving more slowly than glaciers now. Rather than wait, elected officials and local advocates have taken matters into their own hands. And the newest innovator on the block is the City of Mountain View.
Furnished with an increasing body of irrefutable information, it's more than understandable why Durban-born, 24-year-old Priscilla wonders why our governments are still struggling to find a political solution to the climate challenge.
Now that I've returned from my stint at the Durban Climate Conference, it's clear that the fundamental dynamic we are dealing with is that the global economic crisis has caused most leaders to focus exclusively on short term problems.
The global community has never been as transparently interdependent as it is today. I know that will be particularly clear for those of us in Durban, South Africa, for two weeks of international dialogue on a future pact to tackle global warming.