Photo of Walter Cronkite "The GENI Initiative
offers hope for all humanity."
--Walter Cronkite
 Pre-eminent, pioneering broadcast journalist

My Endorsement of the Global Energy Network Initiative

For most of my life, I was privileged to observe and report on the news that affected all of us. As a journalist, I was obliged to remain objective -- telling the truth as we knew it, being fair to all.

I feel free to suggest -- nay, urge -- that we give serious attention to an ingenious project that could help relieve much of the danger to our civilization posed by the modern four horsemen of the apocalypse: poverty, pollution, population growth and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Many years ago, I was honored to spend time with a true visionary of our time, Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller. He preferred that I call him Bucky. This renaissance man gave us the geodesic dome, the Dymaxion map (a very accurate and unique view of our planet), synergetic mathematics and the World Game -- a global simulation tool that posed the following question: How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?

The answers to this provocative inquiry have given me hope. In particular, the premier solution offers the most thoughtful strategy towards peace and sustainable development that I have seen. Simply stated, the proposal is to interconnect the electrical energy networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping the abundant renewable energy resources of our planet. In today's terms, we might call this a world wide web of electricity  using green energy resources. Bucky saw this possibility decades before the rest of us.

Today, the developed world lives very well, but creates tremendous pollution. In the developing world, 2 billion people have yet to even turn on a light bulb. Now, there is the GENI Initiative that is working to put this attainable idea before the policy-makers and public in every nation. Bucky developed a comprehensive design approach to the world's problems, and I offer my support for this critical endeavor. It holds great potential for:

  • a universal increase in living standards
  • a reduction in atmospheric, land and water pollution
  • a reduction in hunger and poverty
  • a stabilization of population growth
  • and an increase in trade, cooperation and peace between nations.
The problems of humanity threaten each of us -- yet our ignorance makes us believe that somehow we can remain immune. That just isn't so. The critical issues we face have time frames much longer than any political term of office. These problems are interconnected, which suggests that the solutions will also be interconnected. We need more comprehensive thinking and long-range global planning. I invite you to investigate the GENI Initiative as I have. It offers hope for all humanity."
            -- Walter Cronkite

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