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Connecting to Hope
Speaking at TC's Academic Festival, Jeffrey Sachs calls technology, which created the population growth and climate change that now threaten the planet, our best hope for salvation
“We’ve just experienced a beautiful springtime in New York City in February, March and April. It was often a pleasure but it suggests a planet absolutely out of kilter at human hands – the result of 7 billion people, each of us with an average yearly economic throughput of $10,000. That’s all come upon us so quickly that we don’t understand it.”
With those words, Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and perhaps the world’s best known and most influential economist, launched into a keynote address at Academic Festival 2012 in which he analyzed the unprecedented challenges facing humanity and the potential of information technology to help ensure a sustainable future.