Welcome Message

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Greetings Conference Attendees,

On behalf of Episirus Scientifica, it is my honor as well as my privilege to welcome each of you to the 2019 Environmental Science and Climate Change (2019ESCC) Conference. The 2019ESCC Conference will provide each of us an exceptional opportunity for the exhibition of new advances, ideas, innovations, theories, and research by offering interactive sessions, workshops, and presentations for all levels of academic and professional endeavors.

The 2019ESCC conference theme is perfectly titled "Sustain Development: A Major Challenge Across the Globe". In Gro Brundtland's "Our Common Future" (also known as the Brundtland Report), Sustainable Development requires that humanity "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". Essentially, to meet the demands of this classic definition will require a radical shift in global political system thinking. Thus, creating a catalyst for social change to raise awareness for the urgent need to manage natural resources in a sustainable manner for future generations.

Unfortunately, our current global political conundrum is leading the world toward a diverse range of market failures; creating what social thinker David Korten calls the "Great Turning". As you can imagine, the Great Turning is due to the rise of multinational corporations and the global economy that has created rival sources of authority and power. Thereby, causing governmental structures, organizations, and decision-makers to diverge widely country by country. As such, the common challenge is how to imbue them with a greater degree of foresight, accountability, transparency, and responsiveness to embrace, as well as, engage the concept of sustainable development. To quote climate change advocate Paul Hawken, "at present we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product".

Moving forward, humanity must devise policies encompassing political, environmental, social and economic incentives that are able to overcome barriers to reach greater sustainable development. At this moment, I'm reminded of the words from the great Martin Luther King Jr. "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals". Each of you, represent the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals who seek to enhance human progress by making a difference in the world.

Again, welcome each of you to the 2019 Environmental Science and Climate Change (2019ESCC) Conference!

Best Regards,

Robert D.F. Thomas, PhD.c.