World Environment Day
The world has celebrated the World Environment Day. This year, air pollution has become the main theme of United Nations Environment Program events. Honored experts representing various academic institutions made appeals about the need for governments, businesses and communities to support renewable energy research and efforts to boost the spread of green technologies on all continents.
Russian Academy of Sciences
General Director of the PDI Dr. Aleksandr Bezgodov
At a recent Russian Academy of Sciences international conference dedicated to the World Environment Day, the Head of the Planetary Development Institute, Professor Aleksandr Bezgodov presented recent research findings on the current globalization crisis, which he viewed as a starting point of a new planetary design:
... From our point of view, there is a wide range of factors that caused this situation. Both macro and micro factors. Both fundamental and subjective ones. Today, we should rethink the current globalization paradigm to see how we could take it to a different level under what we call the Planetary Development Project. In short, this project implies a balance of competition and cooperation in recognizing the priority of the right to life and safe environment. After all, we all have only one planet and one biosphere. Civilization is entering a historical phase of development, in which the center stage should not be occupied by states, military blocks or the right of might to suppress minorities. Instead, protection of the right to live is increasing becoming the epicenter of the global agreements of all with all. At the micro level, it is the right to have access to clean water, air, soil, in general, to natural resources, and at the macro level the right to be protected from war, violence and repression. The logic of globalization, which we call the Planetary Project, should be tuned to this vision. This logic must find its implementation in the financial sphere, manufacturing, distribution and consumption. Global institutions must be updated: from security institutions to governance institutions to digital communications. According to modern philosophers and sociologists, the new global world emerging in the 21st century is different from previous stages of public development by the compression of time and space. The global world today is a reality; it would be absurd to deny it. Improving and transforming it is an urgent need. Specialists of our institute are working on this. We are developing models of symmetric development of local economies and the foundations of international economy and ways of introducing rent for the use of planetary resources into international financial and economic relations...
Russian and foreign philosophers, political scientists, sociologists, cultural scientists, economists, ecologists took part in the Moscow forum. Academic discussion on the origins of the global intensification of challenges and risks determined the directions of a constructive dialogue that focused on the observance of the principles of international law and the global economic market, as well as on strengthening confidence-building measures between states, people and scientists.