Ed. note: This is an entry in Masdar's 2016 Blog Contest.
A lot of proposals have been put forth in recent years on how the world community can jump start a green economy and, in effect, transition away from fossil fuel dependence. Steering many of those proposals is the recognition that change is most successful when it has the support of both governments and private citizens. And as history has proved, public-private partnerships don't just increase access to funding for startups, but they also incentivize dialogue, cooperation and new ideas.
Since the late 18th century, North America has benefited from technology that has helped mechanize the Western economy. It not only built cars, but also an entire way of thinking about what the world's standard of living should look like. It lifted cities out of poverty, lit schools and businesses, and revamped the way we looked at our food industry. This past technology, while often thought of as the bane to a greener economy, holds at least part of the key to how we find the new technology for a renewable energy revolution.
Any public-private partnership must take into consideration the benefits of that now-antiquated technology, and the financial investments that have not only maintained industries that benefit from fossil fuels, but also the global economy as a whole. But just as importantly, it requires a change of mindset in how we source energy and its interrelationship to how we survive on the planet.
The following steps would be applied nationally, with global benchmarks that would help ensure a transition away from international dependence on fossil fuels by 2030:
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Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.