"There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter," said the Mad Hatter, picking up his hat, "which, luckily I am."
We are living in a changed world, it is different to the one we knew. The old world we knew held few fears about sustainability. Our quest for energy was fueled, excuse the pun, only to ensure that we had more than enough for our development and that we did not fall prey to shortages or volatile pricing. The new world we face is the one at the end of the rabbit hole, and sadly not everyone has chosen to see it.
This new world recognizes the wonder of the technologies we have to both create and harness alternative energy, the mystery behind how we can deal with the four major global energy challenges: ensuring energy and oil security, eradicating energy poverty, mobilizing finance and stabilizing climate change. Lastly this place is full of danger, namely the danger associated with what will happen if we do not rise to meet all of these global challenges simultaneously. This new land, for those brave enough to see it, is indeed full of wonder, but navigating the terrain requires new sorts of pioneers. Those who are mad enough to see the potential, and intrepid enough to bring them to the tea party, and of course the pioneers like the white rabbit, who are convincing those above the rabbit hole, that we are indeed late, very late for a very important date.
Alice met the Cheshire Cat who sent her on her way, appearing to answer questions as well as appearing quite mad. The Cheshire Cat would provide his (in this case her) insight and then disappear, leaving a crescent moon smile and leaving Alice to make up her mind.
As a recent MA graduate from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), I identify best with the Cheshire Cat. He had to navigate the terrain of his own land, in my case this is a rather rocky global economic environment, all the while seeing the importance of communicating with Alice, and as I'd like to think, Cheshire was just mad enough to be excited by all the things he saw. As a former journalist (although I may never stop thinking like one), I tend to live by the power of words, interested in new developments and a strong believer in the power of information I have decided to (like so many others) start a blog. My intention is to bring news and analysis about alternative energy and sustainable development to the table, and leave you to make up your mind.
I empathize with Alice, who managed to believe at least six impossible things before breakfast. There are four recurring thoughts however, and that is that we can rise to meet all four energy challenges simultaneously. That is if you are looking for the path to a sustainable future, the future.
Alice asked, "I was just wondering if you could help me find my way."
"Well that depends on where you want to get to," replied the Cheshire Cat.
"Oh, it doesn't really matter, as long as..." started Alice.
"Then it doesn't really matter which way you go," said the Cheshire Cat.
Although, if you, like me are looking for a future characterized by sustainability, perhaps we can go and find the way together. The best travels involve conversation, so please feel free to chime in.