I caught the live broadcast (webcast) of Bill Clintons speech at Greenbuild365* yesterday, and a few things stuck in my mind.
One was Clintons reference to this being an opportunity, a challenge but an opportunity, and that the transition from a carbon economy to a green economy will produce as many new jobs, skills and professions as the carbon industries loose.
he saw that the greenbuild sector was the place to be to really address climate change issues. “The sale has been made,” he said. “Otherwise Al Gore wouldn’t have got the Nobel Prize. Now what we have to do is to prove that this is not a bottle of castor oil that we’re being asked to drink”.
Secondly, Clintons call the need for an industry benchmark to keep score, and his pledge, I assume from his foundation, to create a tool for the AEC Industries – (Architecture, Engineering and Construction).
Watch this space…
In fact Clinton could be one to watch. The worldchanging writer and founder Alex Steffen ran a story on Clinton’s speech to US Mayors in Seattle recently and described it as …quite simply, the best speech on climate given by an American politician (other than Al Gore) I’ve ever heard — it’s the sort of speech I wish a sitting president would stand up and deliver before Congress and the nation
* As to Greenbuild, I understand7000 saw Clintons speech, 20,000 will attend over three days and most of the key speeches are webcast around the world. (An idea for the UK Think 2008 maybe Phil?) I just get a feeling something big is happening there, despite the rhetoric in American politics and leadership.