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Hello University Alliances Community Members,

These are difficult times politically and economically.  Disputes and distresses often lead us away from giving our sufficient attention to environmental issues.  But a true test of our moral fiber and our strength of will occurs in just such a situation of apparent adversity. 

From December 7 to 18 our government leaders from all parts of the globe will be meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to negotiate an agreement on a unified approach to CO2 emissions to help preserve our planet for generations into the future. 

We know this is a difficult proposition.  There are many disagreements and differences of opinion on this subject.  But one thing is certainly logical, we have to show that we CARE about the impact mankind has on the environment.  

All humanity shares this issue.  We are a global environmental community.  Maybe we will not come to full agreement on the causes of climate change, but the risks of climate change and the impacts of climate change are important enough and evident enough to demand our attention.  This should be enough to compel us to action.

In the 1960’s, most of the developed world faced the test of how to deal with environmental pollution.  We have succeeded in recapturing many forests, lakes, rivers, and coastlines that at that time appeared to be too far gone to recover.  Many prescriptive actions against polluting the natural environment around us are undertaken today by private industry and local and national governments without even a second thought of their necessity or of their payback.  Such actions are the right thing to do, and they provide a perfect example for the environmental issues we face today. 

Sustain-“ability” means that something can be done.  It also implies that something should be done, and that means that WE must be the “doers”.   

Go to Hopenhagen.org to learn how you can get involved by signing an on-line petition in support of the conference agenda, applying for your Hopenhagen citizen passport, inviting others to join in with us, and participating in other helpful related initiatives.  You will also see there that SAP is one of the Hopenhagen partners.  Learn more about SAP’s involvement in Hopenhagen and sustainability at  http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/bpx/sustainability .

Best Wishes

Bob

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  1. Mark Finnern
    Hi Bob,

    Wow, SAP isa a partner of Hopenhagen.

    To see all this activity around sustainability makes me proud to work for SAP.

    Thanks for sharing, Mark.

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  2. Richard Blumberg
    It’s interesting to see the partner organizations @ Hopenhagen http://hopenhagen.org/friends which represent many businesses in multiple industry sectors.

    University graduates who are looking for the next steps related to their careers should keep an eye on this meeting and related developments in the marketplace.

    Interesting…one of the many news item I have tracked on key economic developments associated with sustainability and climate change just hit the news wires as follows:

    “Fisker Automotive to Buy U.S. Assembly Plant to Build Affordable Plug-in Hybrid Cars”  …so now a previousle shut down GM plant will operate again thanks to the “Green” movement…
    http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS164054+27-Oct-2009+PRN20091027

    Certainly Hopenhagen and these new business developments around “Green” “Climate” and “Sustainability” are worth keeping an eye one!

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