Dr. Alice Kaudia, Environment Secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources Kenya believes in the bottom of the pyramid approach towards sustainable development. In a imperfect world where per capita incomes decide the future of the environment, it is very interesting to know that Dr. Kaudia’s approach integrates issues of food and nutritional security, energy, water, waste management, information and knowledge management for the grass-roots population.
I am seeking answers to the question of how can the poor lead a sustainable life when their economic challenges impact their socio-economic growth and development? What are the methods through which efficient use of resources can be ensured? How do you educate people cannot afford or do not have access to basic health care, sanitation and water. How does catering to the goals of REDD impact the lives of the poor and is it one of the driving forces for growth?
As I prepare to attend tomorrow’s opening session of the WRF 2011, I am hopeful that though I will enter the conference hall with questions, I come out with answers at the end of the day….and maybe the world leaders, the people who can actually drive change……make change possible!!!