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—  Volker Thomsen —                                  Advocate for a Healthy and Sustainable World

Please watch short intro to:                                                 “Winds of Change”

Still functioning – my web page is under reconstruction.

Getting help to reconstruct my web page from a kind  volunteer.  Vadim Schäfer  is keeping my tradition that was started in Kingston many years ago by one of my senior students/close friends Patrik Snyder,  who kept and updated my web for many years. It is our goal to come up with an innovative approach catering to young minded people of all ages. We will deal with all topics and try to help people to rethink. The center focus will be on rethinking outdated education.

“learning by playing” is the only natural way. No mother is teaching grammer first.  Dealing with the change of everything – leaving destruction, fossil fuel addiction, sugar and carbohydrates addiction, pharmaceutical miss-use  and massive wasting. Only sustainable approaches will be supported and promoted.

The full videos of the Winds of Change and Eastern Ontario Roundtable: Click here to watch

Please forgive me


Hawaiianische Weisheit für Vergebung und Heilung

Hawaiien Wisdom for Forgiveness and Healing. – Only with honest healing of our beautiful dying world and our souls there is a good chance to return to a balanced environment and lifestyle.

Copyright Lyric and Music by Volker Thomsen and  Alexander Thomsen

Click this Music arrow to hear the Music and sing along with the text below

Please forgive me I am sorry
For the things I have done wrong
Please forgive me I am sorry
I hope next time to be more strong
It takes time to understand
what is crucial and what is irrelevant
and the learning never ends
where truth tends to be bent
I try to keep my mind open
to the wonders of this world
because that way I am certain
that forgiveness finds its way
So please forgive me I am sorry
For the things I have done wrong
Please forgive me I am sorry
I hope next time to be more strong
All the boundaries all the borders
that we build to protect our hearts
Keep us from seeing  keep us from feeling
the most important parts
It is all there to be discovered
life can be full of colours
Why not take it in – open up
drink it all out of your favourite cup
Please forgive me I am sorry
For the things I have done wrong
Please forgive me I am sorry
I hope next time to be more strong
I want to thank you and I love you
deep within my heart
And i believe that all the wonders
are in you thats where they start
Try to keep your mind open
to the wonders of this world
because that way I am certain
that forgiveness finds its way
So please forgive me I am sorry
For the things I have done wrong
Please forgive me I am sorry
I hope next time to be more strong

Living sustainable and increasing our consciousness will create fair conditions for all including our beautiful nature.

Heal The World:

Copyright, Music, Lyrics and Singing Volker Thomsen and Alexander Thomsen

Click this Music arrow to hear the Music and sing along with the text below 

When Concrete covers most of our fertile land
and thoughts of sadness doubt and fear are strong
when growing greed is getting out of hand 
we need to sing and dance a joyful jolly song
Together we will spread the word
that we’ll succeed to heal the world
When farmers die and crops are been deserted
starvation grows with aggro industry
When government and banks have us alerted 
and sickness creeping slowly into you and me
Together we will spread the word
that we’ll succeed to heal the world
LIFE learning and our newest green technology
can change the flow of water energy
best friends microbes again can grow and enter  
and healing sun  strong wind  and joyful melody
Together we will spread the word
that we’ll succeed to heal the world
United we together show the dying world
that life  microbes and our will is strong
the land the flowers all the ailing trees 
again are green and strong and so are all the bees 
Together we will spread the word
that we’ll succeed to heal the world

Volker sitting on top of the world/his house on Treasure Island in the St. Lawrence

Love & Green Technology

Sing along

Love & Green Technology

Copyright, Music and Lyrics Volker and Alexander Thomsen

When night is coming and the frogs are singing
I’m longing for my love so pure and smart
you are so far and yet my heart is stinging
and I am sick of pain and dirty art

Clean sun and wind are music in my fantasy
Earths gently smile is always reaching out 
when do you come when will you really be
my love my heart for you is beating loud

We see the sun come through again     (refrain)
and brilliant clean blue sky’s and then
we will be ready to achieve and to get rid of all the grieve 

The special fate that brought together you and me
as part of healing earth and energy 
the land the rice the trees and all the bees
are showing understanding melody

We see the sun come through again     (refrain)
and brilliant clean blue sky’s and then
we will be ready to achieve and to get rid of all the grieve 

 The endless journey to reach the smiling part 
has finally now found a greener end
and standing hand in hand at our final start
the thankful singing prayers we will sent.

We see the sun come through again     (refrain)
and brilliant clean blue sky’s and then
we will be ready to achieve and to get rid of all the grieve 

Sailing together with 2 of my 4 sons Alexander and Norman breathing the fresh air of the Baltic and singing We Can Breath Again (hopefully Every Where)

We Can Breathe Again

Sing along

We Can Breathe Again

Copyright, Music and Lyrics Alexander Thomsen

When the sun comes through
and the sky turns blue
then we can breathe again
then we can breathe again
When the chimneys quit
the black smoke they spit
the birds can breathe again
the birds can breathe again
When the pumps stop pumpin’
whatever they’re dumpin’
Into the Riverthe fish can breathe again
the fish can breathe again
When the drills fall silent
and we stop bein’ violent
to our Planet
the land can breathe again
the land can breathe again
When the sun comes through
and the sky turns blue
For me and you
then we can breathe again
then we can breathe again
When the sun comes through
and the sky turns blue
For me and you
then we can breathe again
then we can breathe again
Living sustainable without wasting and increasing our contiousnes will automatically create peace and fair conditions -Peace and Prosperity for all-
Bildergebnis für peace symbol
Sing along: 

Peace And Prosperity (for all)

Copyright, Music and Lyrics Alexander Thomsen

Here’s a task for you and me
and it comes without a fee
It’s as simple as can be
what we need is honesty
From Now and ever more – we want peace
From now and ever more – and prosperity
From now and ever more – no violence and no poor
All you people be aware
that we need to be more fair
everyone should get his share
‘cause that’s what comes with love and care
From Now and ever more – we want peace
From now and ever more – and prosperity
From now and ever more – no violence and no poor
All the nations all the people
let’s take the path where we are equal
let’s stand together for this goal
with our mind and our soul
From Now and ever more – we want peace
From now and ever more – and prosperity
From now and ever more – no violence and no poor

Bildergebnis für peace symbol


Fukushima and Hiroshima

Bildergebnis für hiroshima bombe

Fukushima and Hiroshima 

Japans biggest Trauma and Pain

Which first will leave when all Nuclear Power stations are closed and removed and no more Nuclear Weapons are stored in Japan

Fukushima and Hiroshima no more fear

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Fukushima and Hiroshima no more fear

Copyright, Music, Lyrics and Singing Volker Thomsen

Fukushima a big disaster following Hiroshima
We must learn to stop this pain we must learn to let go
Fukushima a big disaster following Hiroshima
We must learn to stop this pain ending any bad gain
Fukushima and Hiroshima forever have to mend
we will go all the way to a future heaven sent
Fukushima and Hiroshima forever have to mend
where Japan again will lead the wounded healing world
Fukushima and Hiroshima will slowly come clear
the world wants to change to a future without fear
Fukushima and Hiroshima will slowly come clear
to a future full of smiles plenty green and fresh air
Fukushima a big disaster following Hiroshima
We must learn to stop this pain we must learn to let go
Fukushima a big disaster following Hiroshima
We must learn to stop this pain ending any bad gain

Nordic Folkecenter

Folkecenter Song “Find New Ways”


Volker Getting ready for his next Mission to Bangladesh in April 2016


Volker Visiting Husum New Energy 2016 & World Summit Small Wind

At our World Wind Energy Booth having a chat with old friends

Exited about Our Mission 100% RE


Trying something with a small footprint like my present car:


Looking at my favourite Transportation a smart and fast hybrid bike:




It is with great delight that I propose that you accept the invitation  to another very promising World Wind Energy Conference WWWEC2015.net  26-28 October in Jerusalem

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The Topic:

Innovation for 100% Renewable Energy

In Harmony with the Environment

This is a realistic goal for a well located and educated country like Israel with an abundance of Sun, Wind and Biomass it also would lend itself in the near future to change to electrical cars including public transportation.

Another important fact is the great level of education, skills training and awareness of the people. This should also encourage the government to showcase Israels capabilities to adopt to todays environmental needs, without any further delay, to the great benefit of the health and wellbeing of the people and the environment and the economy as well of the social, cultural and political evolution.

Combine your support for this long overdue development to make Israel independent of the fossil fuel addiction and make the air, water and food breathable, eatable and healthy again. In this spirit I do invite us all to support this event that also will be an important building block for creating a sustainable peace in the Middle East and stop the unnecessary suffering of all parties involved! See you all in Jerusalem In October! Volker Thomsen

Watch this very inspiring Video about Community Power Energy and Love:


Volker Thomsen explains the idea of Community power and the relationship between Energy and Love 

The newest Song is soon coming and will have its Premiere in Tokyo at  first week of October and in Jerusalem the last week of October at the WWEC2015:

Love & Green Technology

Sing along

Love & Green Technology

Copyright, Music and Lyrics Volker and Alexander Thomsen 

When night is coming and the frogs are singing
I’m longing for my love so pure and smart
you are so far and yet my heart is stinging
and I am sick of pain and dirty art

Clean sun and wind are music in my fantasy
Earths gently smile is always reaching out 
when do you come when will you really be
my love my heart for you is beating loud

We see the sun come through again     (refrain)
and brilliant clean blue sky’s and then
we will be ready to achieve and to get rid of all the grieve 

The special fate that brought together you and me
as part of healing earth and energy 
the land the rice the trees and all the bees
are showing understanding melody

We see the sun come through again     (refrain)
and brilliant clean blue sky’s and then
we will be ready to achieve and to get rid of all the grieve 

 The endless journey to reach the smiling part 
has finally now found a greener end
and standing hand in hand at our final start
the thankful singing prayers we will sent.

We see the sun come through again     (refrain)
and brilliant clean blue sky’s and then
we will be ready to achieve and to get rid of all the grieve 


Education as a means for Prosperity

For years I have advised and mentored a highly spirited international Health Concsortium of dedicated Bangladeshi with Head office in Canada and Bangladesh, and volunteer offices in Germany and many other places  to prepare the grounds for a renewal for a very beautiful people but very vulnerable country Bangladesh. I predict that within one generation  Bangladesh will like other evolving countries come up from the ground, out of the ashes, floods and other challenges and as a real big change be one of the first industrial powerhouses that will do development in all areas in a sustainable, clean and prosperous way. Following these principles Bangladesh will become a true leader.

Even if this not easy it is the only safe route to take and I am proud to say that Rial Ahsan and his highly motivated team of Bangladeshi are making progress in all areas, particularly in education and training which is the best foundation for sustainable prosperity. The strong support of millions of loving and caring parents and hundreds of thousands of very dedicated and well qualified  Bangladeshi educators will ensure the success. 

Bangladesh Flag


LIFE Leadership in Friendly Education

LIFE leadership in Health Promotion

LIFE Green Energy & Water Management

LIFE Economic Development

As we go along I will on this page ongoing give you some updates as we make progress. Why is all the innovation I am involved in surrounded by music my son Alexander,  I and others have created.

A shift of the culture can only happen if music is included.

Coming from our overflowing hearts reaching out and helping an easier and joyful transition into this big cultural change that will give Peace and Prosperity for all. This is expressed in our song “Peace and Prosperity” for all that you will find further down to sing along on this page also.  But first lets sing together:

Inspiring WWEC2014 in Shanghai WWEC2014 Conference Resolution 13th World Wind Energy Conference Distributed Wind Power Shanghai, China, 7-9 April 2014 The World Wind Energy Association, the Chinese Wind Energy Association, Chinese Wind Energy Equipment Association and the China National Renewable Energy Centre welcomed the presence of those 500 participants from 40 countries attending this Conference, from wind and all other renewable energy technologies and create one of the best WWEC of the last few years.

for Details study the links on the left side

WWEC2013 in Havana will put Cuba and the Caribbean on the Wind  Map of the World WWEC2013 Conference Resolution 12th World Wind Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Exhibition Opening Doors for Caribbean Wind Havana, Cuba, 3-5 June 2013 The World Wind Energy Association and the Center of Study for Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER), welcome the presence of those 560 participants from 42 countries attending this Conference, from wind and all other renewable energy technologies.

Welcome Dear Friends…  Velkommen Kære Venner… Willkommen liebe Freunde… Bienvenidos queridos amigos... Welcome to all

This is the time to embrace all that we can do to make this a happier, healthier, and more sustainable Planet.  Join me in exploring the possibilities. With open minds,  open hearts,  and together as communities who care, we can bring about the solutions that we need to make this the World we want. Integrated and Caring Communities Healthy Food and Lifestyles Sustainable Development and Renewable Technologies Wholistic Education, Apprenticeship and the Trades. You will find lots of info when you study all links left side. 

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WWEC2013 in Havana was a great success for the development of RE in the Caribbean

WWEC2013 Conference Resolution

12th World Wind Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Exhibition

Opening Doors for Caribbean Wind

Havana, Cuba, 3-5 June 2013

The World Wind Energy Association and the Center of Study for Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER), welcome the presence of those 560 participants from 42 countries attending this Conference, from wind and all other renewable energy technologies.

The Conference covered all aspects of wind utilisation, related policies, manufacturing, development, operation as well as economic and social issues, with a special focus on how to accelerate the deployment of wind power in the Caribbean region.

The Conference appreciates the support of the governments and governmental as well as non-governmental organisations, especially the Government of Cuba including the Ministry for Energy & Mines, CUBASOLAR, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation & Nuclear Safety, IRENA, UNESCO, UNDP, IDB, GIZ, the International Renewable Energy Alliance, REN21, the World Future Council, OLADE and all organisations and individuals enhancing the Conference.

The Conference welcomes in particular the strong commitment and important contributions of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, to the event.

The conference applauds the scientifically substantiated statements made that a 100 % renewable energy supply can be reached worldwide in the foreseeable future and it encourages all renewable energy stakeholders to join the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign which was launched during the event.

The Conference appreciates that the French wind turbine manufacturer Vergnet Eolien has been awarded with the World Wind Energy Award 2013 for the capacity that it has shown to adapt the wind technology to the necessities of millions of people, in rural areas and in the areas of developing countries. Vergnet has become the most successful manufacturer of wind turbines in France, a manufacturer which has introduced in the Caribbean market its machines adapted to the Caribbean conditions.

The Conference appreciates the Special Recognition for Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz. The Conference recognises Dr. Castro’s leading role in the introduction of wind power and renewable energy. Almost two decades ago, Dr. Castro started to shift Cuba’s energy supply towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. No other country in the Caribbean region has so far presented a similar progressive renewable energy programme like Cuba. Already in the early 1990s, Cuba created the first renewable energy programmes. In 1999, the first grid-connected wind farm was installed, and in 2005, the “Energy Revolution” was launched. It has also to be appreciated that most of the so called developed countries hesitate to present similar ambitious programmes even if they have a much better economical basis than Cuba to push renewable energy on a large scale. In this context, the Conference appreciates in particular that other countries can see Cuba as a pioneer in renewable energy and Conference hopes and expects that many other countries will also launch similar programmes in the future.

The Conference also appreciates the Special Recognition for Dr. Prof. Conrado Moreno Figueredo. Since 1975, Prof. Moreno has been involved in academic and research activities related to wind energy, such as wind energy assessment and the design and manufacturing of wind turbines. With this long history, he is one of the most experienced wind scientists and professor not only in Cuba, but in the region. Since 2005, he has been a member of the National Wind Energy Group.

The Conference recognizes that the Caribbean region is currently heavily dependent on fossil fuel combustion, with petroleum products accounting for an estimated of more than 90% energy consumption so the environment in the region is very vulnerable to climate change. The Conference encourages all Governments in the Caribbean, Central and Latin America to remove the barriers to renewable use in the region and develop a comprehensive long-term strategy that includes community power and local integration of renewable energies as key components.

The Conference recognises that training and education have to be key elements of a strategy that aims at mainstreaming wind power .and support the initiative focused to create the Latin American Center for Capacity Building, Research and Scientific Information launched by CETER.

In addition the Conference supports the following objectives, policies and actions to:

1. Remove gradually all subsidies and introduce the internalisation of all externalities to achieve a level playing field;

2. Pursue compensatory regulatory frameworks such as sufficient and effective feed-in tariffs that encourage renewable energy developments until this is achieved, and that provide sufficient financial security to promote long-term investment, especially for smaller and community based investors;

3. Focus on the integration of wind power into existing power systems also on the local and community level, create smart grids and enhance decentralised synergies between the various renewable energy solutions in order to achieve an integrated 100 % renewable energy supply in the foreseeable future;

4. Intensify the close cooperation with IRENA on the implementation of its work programme and contribute to its further refinement;

5. Raise the political and social awareness on all levels of society and in particular amongst local communities and enable them to obtain access to the necessary knowledge and technologies;

6. Create a stronger focus on community power in existing governmental, international, education, research and financial institutions;

7. Reduce overall costs for energy supply by an increasing share of renewable energy power and by a stronger focus on least-cost decentralised options for 100 % renewable energy;

8. Develop and expand national, regional and international financing mechanisms for renewable energy, especially making use of funds provided as part of the international climate change negotiations, and ensure that the Global Green Climate Fund gives priority to renewable energy and community based projects;

9. Support communities especially in developing countries in obtaining easier access to technology and finance;

10. Encourage all wind energy stakeholders to participate in the next World Wind Energy Conference which will be held in Shanghai, China, 7-9 April 2014.


Havana, 5 June 2013


WWEC2013 in Havana will put Cuba and the Caribbean on the Wind Energy World Map

WWEC2013 June 3rd to 5th, in Havana Cuba

WWEC2013 in Havana  will put Cuba and the Caribbean on the Wind Energy World Map

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

You have some time ago received the first official invitation from the hosting partners the Cuban People & Government as well as the WWEA in Bonn.
My personal advance appeal to my friends is to encourage you all already now to plan to  participate in this exiting world event that will help to put Cuba, the entire Caribbean Basin with all its countries and all of the Americas on the Renewable World map for a sustainable future. The Caribbean is blessed with wind and sun an yet the electricity and energy consumption is mainly based on fossil fuels. This is an outstanding opportunity for a concerted effort to change this and to utilize this great opening of a huge new market  for the industry to use any present free capacities for the development of this very promising area of the world. Put this important opportunity into your 2013 calendar!
The single biggest opportunity for advancement of the Cuban region and everywhere is laying in the introduction of sustainable innovative renewable energies,  efficient systems, transportation systems on the same principals and advancing all of the buildings including public buildings, industries and tourist facilities. This will showcase to the world that they take the environment serious by drastically reducing the fossil fuel consumption and replacing them with clean electricity based on the resources of Sun, Wind, biomass and others. All these resource are in abundance available everywhere and just need to be developed and harvested and not wasted.
Scandinavia and Germany/Europe have per capita shown the lead for quite some time and now it is time for all of us to get out of the fossil fuel addiction. Particularly for the Caribbean Basin this is an enormous opportunity that needs to be taken. In a region blessed with so much beauty, sun and wind we must and will succeed in building a future for the following generations with fresh air, clean water, buildings in harmony with its surroundings and wholesome organic grown food.
It is very timely to activate and to promote RE and particularly innovative wind energy systems in the Caribbean, Middle America and all of the Americas. This conference will attract presenters from all over the world with the most advanced and smart systems and technologies. We are living in an era of big changes if we together approach this with a focus on quality and sustainability we will be part of an exiting journey where the renewable energy will be front and centre. This peaceful revolution  will bring energy culture and prosperity to Cuba, the Caribbean and the whole world.
As part of the Cuban tradition and culture including the art, music and heritage you will during and around the WWEC2013 in Havana and everywhere in Cuba experience the finest world class beaches, fantastic hotels, fine natural organic food and world class entertainment presented in the most perfect and joyful way.
See you all in Havana! – Nos vemos en La Habana
Best regards

World Wind Energy Conference 2011

The World Wind Energy conference 2011 is promising extraordinary outcomes wwwWWEC2011.net . The partnerships with the Egyptian Government, the Arabic League consisting of 22 countries, the German Ministry of the Environment , UNESCO,numerous World leading Organisations and Corporations is focusing on creating the foundation for an new era. The theme of the conference is Converting Deserts into Powerhouse one OASIS at the time will put the foundation for a sustainable economic, social and cultural development following the peaceful revolution were young people with cellphones and laptops conquered an army of more than 500.000 well trained soldiers.

Millions of well educated young people need to find meaningful employment in thousands of small and large communities that through renewable energy will get a chance to put countries like Egypt, the whole region, Africa and the many desserts of the world  on the map as thriving communities.

Volker Thomsen is a member and Co-Chair of the executive committee that for the last two years have been preparing this conference. He will together with his colleagues be the lead author of the Vision and plan for Egypt and the the region that  will prepare the grounds for all the changes and implementation.

Plan for Egypt
Converting Desserts into Powerhouses
one OASIS at a time

Using the WWEC2011 in Cairo 31st October – Nov. 2nd www.wwec2011.net as the turning point and inspiration for Egypt to become A LEADER in VOCATIONAL TRAINING & LEARNING

and planing  a grand scale implementation of sustainable Green INNOVATION and Economic Development creating 6 Million modern jobs throughout Egypt in the next 10 years

A Brief Concept developed by the Executive Committee of the WWEC2011 for the Egyptian Government and the Arabic League:

Executive Chairs:

Dr. Alaa Ezz, Secretary General, German-Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Cairo Egypt

Stefan Gsaenger, WWEA Secretary General, Bonn Germany

Prof. Galal Osman Dr.Ing., President Egypt WEA Wind Energy Association Cairo Egypt

Volker Thomsen, WWEA Treasurer, retired Global Entrepreneur and College President and lead author of this report


When we analyse why the leading countries in innovation and productivity are at the top of the world rankings, we quickly detect that there is a direct relationship between the level of vocational training, the commitment to living harmoniously with the environment, using natural resources wisely, always applying green innovation, efficiency and creating economic opportunities for all communities small or large. Some of the best examples are the Scandinavian Countries as well as Germany.

How can we translate this idea to the Egyptian situation today?

The lead author (who himself has a lifelong exposure as an entrepreneur, author, learner and educator of more than 40 years in over 20 countries) of this short, basic concept has noticed that economic rules and their outcomes are based on the same principles regardless of location see http://volkerthomsen.com/about/ .  The opportunities to convert them into real life will of course vary based on cultural differences as well as differences in political and economical systems. Determining factor will also be the willingness to commit to long overdue change and do this in a peaceful and proactive fashion like the unusual successful Egyptian peaceful revolution has showcased itself to the world.

History has proven that the former Soviet Union model was not sustainable.  It may also yet prove that the present American capitalist model may likewise have to be modified and revised. This makes it even more attractive to find a different and more original Egyptian way perhaps more related to the German, Canadian or Scandinavian way of life.

What does this actually mean? It does not necessarily mean going away from capitalism. Ownership and accountability are necessary; we even want to say ownership for everybody is a must. There are many attractive company and ownership models evolving all around the globe. These models will of course move large portions of the activities back from the gambling stock markets to real people in real companies that take ownership. This has been described in “Canada Enroute to Prosperity” with some good examples and best practises.

This book as well as our proposal are meant as an inspiration for Innovation and job creation through education and training, health and wellness and green innovation.

Preferred partnerships between countries do not exclude strong ties and partnerships with other countries. With the right steps a cultural historic country and a sleeping beauty like Egypt will evolve as a giant tiger taking its proper place within world economic development and politics.

Relationships between Egypt and the USA, Canada the European Community, China, India and Russia must be enhanced and even if “Rethinking Egypt” in a more exclusive partnership with the USA is a very tempting option I am strongly recommending building even stronger partnerships with neighbouring countries as well as other particularly dynamic Countries like Germany, Scandinavia, Japan, China and any other interested nations. Nobody would have believed that fighting neighbours like France and Germany ever would become the strongest allies, but it became possible in the context of the development of the European Union. Within the European Union they are the strongest trading partners and allies.

Looking at the recent history in Egypt the latest people movement and overall direction of the development is very encouraging, and going the distinct Egyptian way may prove to be the only sustainable option for real economical growth.

Having had the pleasure to witness the “Egyptian Revolution” as part of the Executive Committee preparing the WWEC2011 in Cairo 2011 see: www.wwec2011.net we are impressed with the way the activities unfolded and how it was handled by the Egyptian People and consequently in a courageous shift also by the Egyptian Military leaders. In order for this not to have been in vain it is long overdue to create a pragmatic grand vision and a understanding of how concerted efforts and leadership shown by all parties can move Egypt to again become a leading Nation back to its old glory as a cultural and economical centre.

Living in Canada and neighbouring the USA requires a strong and close relationship with the neighbours. However at the same time it is existential to maintain as much independence as possible. The present strong dependence on the USA is totally unacceptable and unnecessary. More than 80 % of all Canadian exports are going to the USA.

Growing up as part of the Danish minority in the border region of Germany and Denmark it was experienced what it meant for Denmark to export 80 % of its agricultural production to the UK and Germany. Denmark was then primarily dependent on agriculture. Today the agriculture without having been reduced in size is only a few percent of the GNP and both Germany and the UK are reliable and respected partners representing each less than 15 % of the overall market including all industrial goods and services. This together with a strong focus on learning and training, the environment and green innovation has made Denmark a leading and fully independent industrial nation ranked among the five world leaders. Because of a similar development in other Scandinavian countries three of them are ranked among the five world leaders in productivity and innovation.

Taking these and other factors into consideration, history offers the newly evolving Egypt a unique opportunity to create a new model that could lead her to an independent and to-no-avail level of success.

In Volker Thomsen’s book, Canada Enroute to Prosperity: An Inspiration for Innovation and Job Creation through Education and Training, Health and Wellness and Green Innovation, it is called the new opportunities the Canadian , German or Scandinavian way of life, but there is no reason why Egypt could not participate in this kind of peaceful revolution, creating a sustainable economic model of its own, and do this together in a special partnership with countries such as Scandinavia, Germany and Canada.

The Egyptian Population in Canada, USA , throughout all of Europe and the rest of the world with more than three million members should be encouraged to act as ambassadors and catalyst for the Egyptian, Arabian and African evolution. The global shift from depleting resources like oil coal and gas to renewable resources that in great variation and abundance are available every where in world is the greatest opportunity for the modern world to create quality and equity for every person in each country. The

CHALLENGES or rather the OPPORTUNITIES are the same everywhere and are not any different in Egypt or better than most places.

All across Egypt, the government and private sector have certain difficulties to align themselves with forward-thinking policies that embrace the public interest.  This is like in most other countries quite understandable considering the history of the country, and should not discourage the present interim leadership from interpreting the challenges as great opportunities.  The present opportunity in cultural, social and economic growth can be seen as a special gift to Egypt from heaven; it should be used wisely to create the necessary infrastructure and education/training foundation for the future which will lead Egypt to a renaissance of prospects, and which can make her a leading nation in economic growth, productivity and innovation in a sustainable way. Change is always difficult to implement but the only way out of our present dilemma and economical depression.


Opportunities can only be fully developed if you prepare the ground for a thriving economy by installing a certain basic infrastructure and a strong knowledge base.  Egypt is blessed with just as many talented, brilliant and dedicated people as any other country; it is now up to the political leaders to inspire the self-motivation it will take for people to create their wealth and opportunities for the entire population.

When we look at the recent history of industrialization throughout the world, it is obvious that only those countries succeed that have a well-prepared and educated workforce.  Unfortunately, the perception of most people today is that only a university education will prepare one in an appropriate fashion, and thus enable innovation and development.

Even if it is important that a certain percentage of the population is university-trained, the truth is that it is equally or more important that the broader public has the benefits of training and education at various applied levels, and these are considered to be just as important and valuable as a university education.  If you want to build a house, you require a good foundation.  That means you will need a qualified mason, carpenter, bricklayer, plumber, electrician, and so on.

To continue the present Egyptian success story, you need the same input.  To create a nation with the full partnership of its people, you need policy in place to allow and enable everyone to participate.  Again, when we compare successful countries like Scandinavia, Germany and others, we soon see that the participation ratio is in the neighbourhood of 80-95%.  When I say participation rate, I mean that all people receive a basic elementary education, and then progress on to either vocational, college or university education, and that all of these types of training combined reach roughly 90% of the population.

Presently in Canada, 25% of the Canadian born population is graduating from university, and approximately the same number has credentials from either community college or vocational training.  That means that a full 50% of the population receive no recognized or formal credentials beyond the secondary school level. Because of the huge immigration influx after World War Two with well qualified professionals of any scope and calibre my estimate for Canada today is around 60 to 70 %. However it will decline if we not increase the participation rate of the Canadian raised and trained population.

We are pleased to tell you that for example the Ontario government during the last 11 years has been budgeting, planning and implementing to increase the participation rate beyond the 70% in the near future, and it is implementing very innovative strategies that will lead to this goal. For example the college system together with its local school boards in Ontario is engaged in several very forward looking pilot projects. These projects include dual credits where students parallel receive credit from the high school and the college. One of the most promising models is called triple play, where students are being prepared for their future at the high school, the college and an employer all at the same time. Some barriers created through concern of Unions must be overcome to fully explore inspiring pathways for all our young people.

We must realize that most underdeveloped countries have a participation rate as low as 10 %.  When we at the same time remember that all countries even the highly developed ones all started at zero the conclusion will be that this is one of the most important keys to economical, social and cultural success that needs to be introduced und provided for in all countries. Particularly countries like Egypt with a former record of a high development are logical candidates to be brought back to an equal level of development even more quickly than others.

The review of post secondary education that led to the report Ontario: “A Leader in Learning” was undertaken and completed with great thoroughness by former Ontario Premier Bob Rae and a well qualified small research team.  Within less than a year they went through a broad public and international consultation with all parties and it is a very interesting document to study in the context of what needs to be done in Ontario. Modified to the actual needs in Egypt this could be a good model for the training, education and side part of the overall project.

This Rae Review is one of the key tools to succeed in implementing and following through with a good, fair and equitable process see A Leader in Learning: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/reports/postsec.pdf.

To truly identify the opportunities in this area in Egypt, a similar review needs to be undertaken, and could initially be done in a more condensed form, to be used as a guideline for your decision-making regarding how you would like to proceed with future steps. This report however needs to put an equal emphasis on economical development as well as preparing the workforce.

Without knowing the exact participation rate in Egypt (again, those people who have received credentials from a university, college or vocational training) I can still assure you that your challenges and opportunities are similar to those we have found in Ontario and other jurisdictions all over the world as long as the action is supported by the people of Egypt in a passionate way.

Working together in partnership, there will be great prospects for your partner countries to help Egypt in a meaningful way to help her make the quantum leap from the old centralized dominating model to a new and truly innovative Egyptian social, economic and cultural model.

A broad-based innovation strategy needs to include a capacity for Egypt to create many of its own products in a competitive fashion (in both price and quality) with other countries. Doing this in an environmentally friendly basis similar to Northern Europe will automatically put your development and progress into a similar league and good quality.

It will therefore be necessary to create the capacity to train enough people in vocational skills on an ongoing basis everywhere to ensure that every community—city or group of villages—have the appropriate infrastructure to support such development.  You must also consider the specific professional training needed for both a civil updated policing force and correctional capacities.

How can these outcomes be accomplished?  Like anything else, it starts with learning and education concepts so that the school system can re structure curriculum and pathways for all students.  There are many good role models available in Germany and Scandinavia, as well as some newer, innovative models in Canada (especially in Ontario) which can be readily converted and even improved to serve Egyptian needs.

A key challenge most likely will be to NOT create more research and more university capacity; it will be to create enough workshops, laboratories and continuing learning of an applied nature where millions of young and mature learners can be trained or retrained and become qualified trades people and professionals.

If we again may be permitted to use the example of building a foundation, upon which you can build an Egypt that is independent and leading in terms of cultural, social, industrial and economical development, and this will then carry Egypt to lead, compete and participate in the global economy in a more enhanced way.

All this combined with a forward thinking strategy on innovation and economic development, that is based on new technologies such as for example renewable energy and IT all in tune with the environment, will help Egypt to make a quantum leap and join the world leaders in innovation and productivity. This will of course take some time but can be accomplished particularly if you can create your sustainable model that is less focussed on a huge never ending consumption and waste of goods anybody really needs.

A Modern “Marshall Plan” carried by the Egyptian Government, the Arabic League as well as supported by its European, American, Chinese, Indian  and other International Partners that want to participate. Even if it is not possible to get all parties to agree Egypt could together with a limited consortium of Countries carry this tout. As long as the people of Egypt are united around this goal the movement would be so powerful that it is bound to get support and to succeed on all levels.

Like in Europe the success would be showing by “Converting Desserts in Powerhouses” one OASIS at a time.

When the Marshall Plan was implemented in Europe after World War Two it contained USA help over a period of more than 4 years starting in 1948 and ending in 1952. It was relative small around 13 Billion Dollar in total and even including the $12 billion in American aid to Europe between the end of the war and the start of the Plan it was “only” $25 billion that merely  presented 10 % of the 1948 USA GNP or 1.5 % of the four year period. this investment in form of a gift has been one of the most meaningful and profitable large actions or investments done by any nation. the smartness of this simple strategy prevented the creation of a third world war and initiated a big boom of innovation and productivity. The included extract from Wikipedia demonstrates the great potential for something similar for Egypt and other African and Arabian countries. If we would analyse the economic return on the investment into the “Marshall Plan” we will find that it has had a stunning outcome far beyond normal situations and has been paid back manifold.

Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was the large-scale American program to aid Europe where the United States sent monetary support to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II in order to combat the spread of communism. The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. The goals of the United States were to rebuild a war-devastated region, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, and make Europe prosperous again. The initiative was named after Secretary of State George Marshall. The plan had bipartisan support in Washington, where the Republicans controlled Congress and the Democrats controlled the White House. The Plan was largely the creation of State Department officials, especially William L. Clayton and George F. Kennan. Marshall spoke of urgent need to help the European recovery in his address at Harvard University in June 1947.[1]

The reconstruction plan, developed at a meeting of the participating European states, was established on June 5, 1947. It offered the same aid to the Soviet Union and its allies, but they did not accept it.[2][3] The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. During that period some US $13 billion in economic and technical assistance were given to help the recovery of the European countries that had joined in the Organization for European Economic Co-operation. This $13 billion was in the context of a U.S. GDP of $258 billion in 1948, and was on top of $12 billion in American aid to Europe between the end of the war and the start of the Plan that is counted separately from the Marshall Plan.[4] The Marshall Plan was replaced by the Mutual Security Plan at the end of 1951.[5]

The ERP addressed each of the obstacles to post war recovery. The plan looked to the future, and did not focus on the destruction caused by the war. Much more important were efforts to modernize European industrial and business practices using high-efficiency American models, reduce artificial trade barriers, and instil a sense of hope and self-reliance.[6]

By 1952 as the funding ended, the economy of every participant state had surpassed pre-war levels; for all Marshall Plan recipients, output in 1951 was at least 35% higher than in 1938.[7] Over the next two decades, Western Europe enjoyed unprecedented growth and prosperity, but economists are not sure what proportion was due directly to the ERP, what proportion indirectly, and how much would have happened without it. The Marshall Plan was one of the first elements of European integration, as it erased trade barriers and set up institutions to coordinate the economy on a continental level—that is, it stimulated the total political reconstruction of western Europe.[8]

Belgian economic historian Herman Van der Wee concludes the Marshall Plan was a “great success”:

“It gave a new impetus to reconstruction in Western Europe and made a decisive contribution to the renewal of the transport system, the modernization of industrial and agricultural equipment, the resumption of normal production, the raising of productivity, and the facilitating of intra-European trade.”[9]

Looking that this summary it is clear that the emotional boost and the truly inspiring moral support triggered that the participating European Countries were motivated and encouraged to build a new peaceful and prosperous Europe. This is exactly the kjnd of encouragement Egypt and all other evolving  countries need.

Based on the spectacular opportunities that arise through the internet and modern information technology and the ideal fact that there are renewable energy sources in abundance everywhere in the wold makes it for the first in mankind’s history possible to reshape and recreate all countries into modern prosperous societies everywhere including each individual community.

It will do one more thing it will even support prosperity in the existing  successful countries that will be able to deliver even more goods and services than before.

However there has to be a drastically improved focus on quality which can last for a longer time instead of short lived cheap products that in the long run are more expensive.

This is already happening and the car industry is a really good example.

Once the transition from the fossil fuel driven car to the electrical has taken place this will actually become much more relevant and obvious. An electrical motor to begin with is very robust and can be used for many years with little maintenance. This can be improved to something that moves things without moving parts and a very much longer life span. An interesting example is the electric magnetic train:


Transrapid is a German high-speed monorail train using magnetic levitation. Based on a patent from 1934, planning of the Transrapid system started in 1969. The test facility for the system in Emsland, Germany was completed in 1987. In 1991, the technical readiness for application was approved by the Deutsche Bundesbahn in cooperation with renowned universities.[1]

Its current application-ready version, the Transrapid 09, has been designed for 500 km/h (311 mph) cruising speed and allows acceleration and deceleration of approx. 1 m/s2 (3.28 ft/s2).

In 2004, the first commercial implementation was completed. The Shanghai Maglev Train connects the rapid transit network 30.5 km (18.95 mi) to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The Transrapid system has not yet been deployed on a long-distance intercity line.

The system is developed and marketed by Transrapid International, a joint venture of Siemens and ThyssenKrupp http://www.transrapid.de/ .

Like all innovation as long as it is not introduced on a broad basis there will always be some shortfalls. However properly done this very concept lends itself to create clean, quiet and efficient cities and connect them in a fast way by land. Any distance under 2000 km can in reality be handled much faster,safer and more cost efficient than air transportation.


The industrial revolution also brought the reliance on ever bigger energy systems that became less efficient but more controlling and determining factor where economical development could and can happen.

In principal there is foremost a need of distributed electricity or energy generation of any kind directly based on the local needs and centred where the needs are. It is therefore absurd to create big wasteful systems that have difficulties in a cost efficient way to provide country wide coverage. Clusters of users should therefore be in charge and auto nom in their decision making. That will in most cases be the most efficient and least wasteful method. The standards applied everywhere and the connecting overarching grid must be publicly owned and should be designed as a smart system that connects the various distributed generators to the extend needed by the market. It is able to adjust itself day by day, hour by hour and even minute by minute.

In this conjunction it is of great interest to get everybody in one boat and it can in some cases be very supportive and productive if large companies or co-operative organizations can help as minority or equal partners of local organizations by providing knowledge, technical expertise and money. However it is very important in a society like Egypt to get the local community to fully stand behind this kind of economical development that in reality is a cultural, social and economical development that only is sustainable if it is carried by the peoples long term passion, commitment and well being.

For the transition period from big to small from underdeveloped to developed we to our surprise can see that many small projects combined actually can be quite big and much bigger than a few very big . A good example are many small and midsize farmers or entrepreneurs in Germany or Denmark who became the owners of large, efficient and well maintained wind turbines, solar installations or bioreactors. As an example there are 20.000 members in the German wind power association generation business representing more than 27.000 MW capacity at an investment of around $ 400 billion.

Wind power in Germany

In 2010, the installed capacity of wind power in Germany was 27.2 GW.[1] Wind power currently produces about seven percent of Germany’s total electrical power. More than 21,607 wind turbines are located in the German federal area and the country has plans to build more wind turbines.[2][3] As of 2011, Germany’s federal government is working on a new plan for increasing renewable energy commercialization[4], with a particular focus on offshore wind farms.[5]


1 Overview

2 Repowering

3 Offshore wind power

4 Statistics

4.1 States

5 See also

6 References

7 External links


As of 2010, Wind power in Germany provides over 96,100 people with jobs and German wind energy systems are also exported.[2][6] The Fuhrländer Wind Turbine Laasow, built in 2006 near the village of Laasow, Brandenburg, is the tallest wind turbine in the world. Also most other of the tallest wind turbines in the world are situated in Germany, see List of wind turbines#Tallest_wind_turbines.

At Germany, there are also most of the most powerful wind turbines in the world, the Enercon E-126.

However, the economics of wind power in Germany are under close scrutiny[7] and there are other issues which deserve consideration. These include the effect of wind turbines on the landscape, the effect on the bird population, and the effect on the tourist industry.[2]


Repowering, the replacement of first-generation wind turbines with modern multi-megawatt machines, is occurring in Germany. Modern turbines make better use of available wind energy and so more wind power can come from the same area of land. Modern turbines also offer much better grid integration since they use a connection method similar to conventional power plants.[8][9]

Offshore wind power

See also: List of offshore wind farms in Germany

See also: Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Farm, Baltic 1 Offshore Wind Farm, and BARD Offshore 1

Offshore wind energy also has great potential in Germany.[10] Wind speed at sea is 70 to 100% higher than onshore and much more constant. A new generation of 5 MW or larger wind turbines which are capable of making full use of the potential of wind power at sea has already been developed and prototypes are available. This makes it possible to operate offshore wind farms in a cost-effective way once the usual initial difficulties of new technologies have been overcome.[11]

On July 15 of 2009, the first offshore German windturbine completed construction. This turbine is the first of a total of 12 wind turbines for the alpha ventus offshore wind farm in the North Sea.[12]

Following the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents, Germany’s federal government is working on a new plan for increasing renewable energy commercialization, with a particular focus on offshore wind farms.[13] Under the plan large wind turbines will be erected far away from the coastlines, where the wind blows more consistently than it does on land, and where the enormous turbines won’t bother the inhabitants. The plan aims to decrease Germany’s dependence on energy derived from coal and nuclear power plants.[5]

see: http://www.wwindea.org/home/images/stories/pdfs/worldwindenergyreport2010_s.pdf and http://www.wind-energie.de/ .

The German solar Power has reached 500.000 individual installations covering every community with more than stunning 17.000 MW installed capacity at a installed value of around $100 Billion



Solar power in Germany

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A portion of the Waldpolenz Solar Park

Germany is one of the world’s top photovoltaics (PV) installers, with a solar PV capacity as of 2010 of almost 17,000 megawatts (MW).[1] The German solar PV industry installed 7,400 MW from nearly one-quarter million individual systems in 2010, and solar PV provided 12 TWh (billion kilowatt-hours) of electricity in 2010, about 2% of total electricity.[2] Some market analysts expect this could reach 25 percent by 2050.[3]


As proposed in the introductory letter, the best starting point will be to select a very small team of experts from Egypt, Scandinavia, Germany, USA and Canada; for example, the composition for the team could be 4-5 Egyptian experts, partnered with a total of about 4 experts from the partner countries, and a chair.  These people will then be given the task to create the structure or framework for the whole project.

The less bureaucratic the process will be, the sooner a viable concept can be created and prepared for your review.


Partners for the next steps must include strong political leadership in order to be a catalyst for action; government bureaucracy will need to promote the co operation needed between the various ministries and agencies, as well as the different levels of the federal, provincial and community governments.  In addition, this leadership can organize symposia and recommend the process for implementing the program.  I would recommend that this be accomplished through an Egyptian agency for innovation as proposed in my book on page 33.

The International partners will be recruited out of a mix of vocational trainers and educators, industrial and political players, and bureaucrats.


We have the courage and the foresight to claim that if you seriously engage in what we are proposing, you will, within one generation, create an Egypt with an equal skill set, knowledge base and wealth to any leading country that we have previously referenced.  If you accomplish all of these things, you will have created a platform that will no doubt capture the interest of industrial (as well as otherorganisations) from around the world that would be interested in investing in Egyptian innovative development on a large scale. It will lead to innovation and productivity at the top level. More important it will involve and include every small and big community in Egypt and over 10 years create more than 6 million jobs covering the entire spectrum of infrastructure, construction, transportation  and last but not least a shift for the entire energy industry to tens of thousands of sustainable long term distributed energy systems linked in one smartly designed interactive and save grid.


We started out this proposal by saying that the potential presented to you out of the present political, social and cultural situation is of a great magnitude for a meaningful and sustainable economic development and Egypt truly has an unusual potential for a broad based development with new employment reaching into each community; if you utilize them in this context and in an environmentally sustainable way you will create an Egypt where the wealth of your culture, the richness of your spirit, and the depth of your soul will be nourished, and finally meet the ordinary peoples’ desire after many years of emotional and physical starvation.  Done in a pragmatic way, you will be able to reach out to everybody and inspire the people to arise, phoenix-like, from the ashes. The biggest task will be to do this in tune with the environment and without further destruction of mother earth.

With determination Egypt can succeed and arise as a true sustainable leader:

Egypt a Leader in Learning, Training and Green Innovation.

This will lead to an Egypt with thriving communities and Converting Desserts into Powerhouses one OASIS at a time.

Volker Thomsen

Treasure Island

Kingston ON Canada

WWEA2010 Volker Thomsen

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Like most of our World Wind Energy Conferences the WWEC2010 did showcase our unique position and our role of integrating all countries into our mandate to promote wind power generation and to cooperate with all technologies in a “Symphony of the Renewables” and in a close partnership with IRENA. There were many highlights and even some historical moments we need to celebrate and acknowledge.
First of all a warm thank to our host country Turkey and Istanbul the fascinating gate between the Orient and the Occident. Tanay and his team was a great host that together with a great leadership from Stefan Gsaenger in a very charming way lead us through a labyrinth of impressions in this great conference in one of the worlds most historic places and Europe’s biggest city with a vibrant population of 20 million.I expected a chaotic big city with lots of challenges and was pleasantly surprised how well the trafic and how resaonable well the events were flowing.
There were many highlights of which I want to mention a few of the most significant:
Giving IRENA  the 2010 World Wind Energy Award. IRENA was represented by the DG Helene Pelosse who has showcased with her small and dedicated team that they are truly committed to their mandate and the ambitious task to integrate the entire world including all small, medium and big size countries on the transition into sustainable future of RE of all kinds everywhere.
Together we identified some exiting joint areas of activities between IRENA and the WWEA. This is not the right place and moment to get involved in details, but one of the most pressing and rewarding areas where IRENA and WWEA can support each other and where IRENA even at the beginning of their journey can be active and become successful right away is to help prepare and train a global workforce and introduce standards for a never ending demand for skilled labour in the field. Windenergy generation installed capacity will grow from 200,000 MW in 2010 to 2,000,000 MW in 2020. In order to make this an economical, social and cultural lasting success it is crucial that the production, erection, operation and maintenance is efficient and reliable by developing and securing a first class trained workforce within this relatively new industry.  It makes me very happy and confident that this and other concrete tasks where identified for our joint effort all of them projects that meet an immediate global need.
It is crucial that IRENA’s first projects are going to be successful. It is therefore great that we have identified several areas where our mutual support will benefit all of us. IRENA is like a young delicate flower that is challenged by many interest of many colours and forms. WWEA members placed everywhere in the world have a unique opportunity to become happy and highly rewarded “gardeners” that will help IRENA to flourish and prosper.
The “Symphony of the Renewables” was another highlight and it became obvious that we together with our colleagues from all technologies are united in our goal to create a world of 100 % clean reliable and sustainable supplies and developments that will ensure prosperity even in the smallest village in the most remote area.
This brand new conference venue at this historic location where sultans used to reside was a great place for this years theme and also a good example of the challenges or better opportunities Wind Energy is facing in many countries including Turkey.
The courages Wind Generation Industry in Turkey has to be commended for their vision and determination. They also deserve a warm thank you for a most wonderful gala dinner in a great university and fascinating location. The delicate food & drink combined with passionate folklore made us all energized and encouraged to move on with our exiting journey.
The evening boat cruise was another memorable event with many big impressions. The dramatic scenery by night moved us back into 1000 and one nights, as well as into the future being right in the gate between the East and the West.
My personal highlight was the honour to speak the laudatio for IRENA getting the 2010 WWEA Award. It also reminds all of us about our unique opportunity together with IRENA and our colleagues from the other RE technologies to make a big difference in a badly suffering world full of wars for oil and oil spills that show us how badly mother Earth is bleeding from its wounds.
My warm regards and best wishes go to all delegates and organisers. To all the members around the world that for one or the other reason were not able to participate you should know that we badly missed you!
I encourage you already now to start planing your participation at the WWEC2011 in Cairo in May 2011 that without any doubt promises to be another exiting event.
Bless you!

Helene Pelosse Direktor General IRENA

3. december 2009

A Climate for Renewables

There will be many hills to climb before we reach our renewable energy goals.

by Hélène Pelosse, IRENA

London, UK [Renewable Energy World Magazine]

Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities. Twenty years ago, my father and I went on a trip to explore several glaciers. It was a special experience for us, and one of my fondest memories. So you can imagine my horror to see recent photos of these very same glaciers that showed how much they had receded. Just 20 years ago, they were majestic examples of the Earth’s natural beauty. Now, they are case studies of a planet in crisis.

Sadly, my story is not an isolated tale. There is no shortage of predictions about what the world will look like in the future if carbon emissions continue to rise. All of them are negative. Glaciers will melt. Species will become extinct. And extreme weather conditions will proliferate.

Yet, despite these grim prognostications, there is reason for hope. As the dangers of climate change become more readily apparent, the international community is joining together to explore the opportunities in this crisis. In fact, the creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is just one example of this new spirit of global cooperation.

From my office chair at IRENA’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), I have been fortunate to witness this phenomenon first hand. The fact that IRENA is based in one of the world’s most important oil producing countries sends a powerful message to the world that we can not rely on the energies of the past to power the future.

IRENA is the first intergovernmental organization tasked with providing support and advice to its member states on implementing effective framework conditions for the transition towards a new era of increased renewable energy, and I’m grateful to have a front row seat for the proceedings.

I believe the turn towards renewable energy will be as influential as the Industrial Revolution. I am not the only one who thinks so. This is why so many countries have joined IRENA. Our organization has grown quickly, and the sheer size of our member roster is telling. We launched in January 2009, the initial idea coming from Germany, then Spain and Denmark joined in. Over the year, almost 50 countries got involved in the founding process. By the autumn of 2009, dozens more had signed on, bringing the total number of IRENA member states to 137. The United Nations has 192. It’s difficult to believe that when IRENA first began, some of us thought it would be a success to have 30 countries on board.

It is clear that many countries are ready to embrace renewable energy. Although renewables are only one approach to mitigating the complex challenge of global warming, it is one of the best strategies we have. The spin-off benefits of a renewable powered future are simply too good to ignore. By their very nature, renewable energies are secure, affordable, easily accessible, and clean. And because of these traits, it can preserve the environment and protect our climate. It can boost economic growth and create local jobs that will lead to regional development. It can even increase social cohesion and make the world’s energy supplies more secure.

Renewable energy technology is progressing by leaps and bounds. Research and development in green technology is no longer restricted to European countries such as Germany, Spain, and Denmark. Just last year, for example, China surpassed Japan as the world’s leading producer of photovoltaic cells.

Remember when computers were so rare that only scientific researchers had access to them? Or perhaps you might recall when brick-sized mobile phones were so expensive that they belonged only to Hollywood producers and investment bankers. As with all technology, prices of renewable equipment are bound to come down as these products become more mainstream and manufacturers achieve economies of scale. I would not be surprised if renewable technologies become so common that we are able to purchase small-scale versions for our homes in supermarkets very soon.

Earlier this year, at least 64 countries had policies to promote renewable power generation. India recently announced an ambitious Solar Plan aiming to generate 20 GW from sunlight by 2020, starting from its current 2.12 MW. The EU has set a target of 20% renewable power by 2020 and is currently drafting legislation to support this goal.

With the advances in technology and the plans in place, we are starting to see incredibly ambitious projects take form. South Africa is developing a 100-MW concentrating solar power project. Norway will be opening the world’s first osmotic power plant outside Oslo as REW goes to press. In Bangladesh, as of March 2009, the renewable energy company Grameen Shakti had installed more than 220,000 solar home systems in rural areas that turn houses into small power plants. Morocco and India both have plans to create preferential zones for renewable energy technology production. And in IRENA’s back yard in the oil-producing UAE, the city of Masdar plans to establish a similar renewable energy technology zone.

The world’s renewable energy sector will grow. We have already seen an increase in the production of renewable energy over the last decade. Last year, both the United States and the European Union added more power capacity from renewables than from conventional sources. And consider this: an estimated US$120 billion was invested in renewable energy worldwide in 2008, almost double the $63 billion invested in 2006.

All of these developments are taking place at an important time in world history. Science has shown that we must change the way we produce and consume energy or face a future ravaged by warmer temperatures.

Current methods of energy generation produce negative effects that are rarely shown on our utility bills, but all of society pays for them. What we emit into the atmosphere today will influence the planet for decades to come and possibly far longer, affecting generations to come.

There is an even more pragmatic reason for pursuing a renewable energy future. Renewables could provide an unlimited supply to meet the needs of the estimated 10 billion humans that will inhabit Earth by 2050. Renewable energy’s greatest benefit is perhaps that it is accessible for every country in the world. Most regions of the globe have access to resources such as sun, wind, water, biomass, agricultural residue, or the Earth’s heat. We have begun to harness these resources in new and exciting ways that help countries all around the world help themselves.

We have already seen what happens when creative people design things that take advantage of renewable power. This innovation has resulted in products such as solar home systems in Ethiopia or eco-friendly cooking stoves in India. Many more innovative products are on the way. Around the world, entrepreneurs are hard at work developing clever market-based solutions that deliver safe and affordable energy to the 1.6 billion people without access to electricity, a market estimated at $500 billion.

In addition to helping alleviate conditions of poverty, the renewable energy transformation allows developing countries to avoid making some of the mistakes industrialized nations have made in the past. Developing nations can leap over interim technologies that were adopted and then discarded in favor of more efficient advances. It also allows industrialized countries to produce energy in a sustainable manner, harvesting resources at their doorsteps. Furthermore, renewables will advance technological sectors around the world and create a new class of knowledge worker. The future looks bright for us all.

In many ways, this transition is much like the hiking and climbing I enjoy so much. The journey won’t be easy, and it must be taken one step at a time. There are bound to be innumerable peaks and valleys to pass through. But just as a group of climbers eventually reaches a summit and gets to see the spectacular surroundings from the top, the international community will also get to see a whole new world.

As a mother of three, I want to help create a world I will be proud to pass along to my children. And I know others who are equally passionate about renewable energy. The transition to clean energy is an enormous challenge and an unprecedented opportunity. History shows that humanity is capable of great achievements: climbing to a renewable energy future will be its greatest legacy.

Hélène Pelosse is the interim director general of IRENA