ll modern societies talk about human rights and proclaim them. Why?Because the basis for survival is a human right. It is the foundation ofdemocracy to ensure that nature provides for all mankind. Taking oureye off the ball is not an option. Here in Durban, South Africa, we havean opportunity to celebrate next steps, post-2012, and avoid a catastrophe. Whatwould it mean in terms of implications for our planet and our economies if wedragged our heels? We are currently going through turbulence economically but thisis nothing, if we do not act on climate change now. "Per aspera ad astra"- a rough road leads to the stars. Our planet needs investmentin new technology and sustainable solutions, especially in agriculture, clean energy,recycling and water. In this COP17 edition of CLIMATE CHANGE The New Economy(CCTNE) we have gathered many solutions and have brought together the greatestminds in their fields from Governments, NGOs, Science and Industry to deliver athought process that can truly benefit an agreement post-2012. Let us act now onadaptation and sustainability as we know it and continue R&D for the greater goodof human kind.I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the late Professor Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2004 and the first African woman to do so. She was one of Africa's most fearless human rights and environmentalcampaigners, and this year's accepter of the lifetime achievement award at theInternational Green Awards, held on the 24th November 2011 at the NationalHistory Museum, in London. Her words and actions inspired many and helpedpromote the principles of sustainable development over deforestation anddestruction. Prof. Maathai will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences are sent out to her family and friends. A representative collected the awardposthumously on their behalf.On a final note, on behalf of my team and, if I may be presumptuous, on behalf of all our readers, I would like to congratulate Harry Verhaar of Philips Lighting - his tireless efforts to help combat global warming have been rewarded with the 2011 UN Leader of Change Award. Gary Nichols-RothManaging EditorEDITOR'S OPENINGREMARKS006THE NEW ECONOMYAManaging Editor Gary Nichols-RothEditorElizabeth RenskiBusiness Development DirectorJames D. ButlerProject Sales ManagerAnton HicksHead of ProductionStella JonesDesignTouchline.comCover Picture: Toyota is committed topreserving the delicate balance between manand nature.www.toyota-europe.comPublished by:World News - CLIMATE CHANGEThe New Economy Ltd.99a Silverthorne RoadLondon SW8 3HHTelephone: +44 (0) 20 7622 4014Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgFor additional copies of CLMATE CHANGE The New Economy(CCTNE) please contact: email@example.comPrice: £45.00 US$65.00?53.00About World News -CLIMATE CHANGEThe New Economy Ltd.We promote independent and informeddiscussion on issues related to climatechange -especially the implementation ofclean technology -through high qualitypublications aimed at political and businessleaders and opinion formers. Working withnational and international agencies we aim toreach the widest possible audience with a clearand accessible argument for a decisive actionagainst climate change.The views and opinions expressed in thispublication do not necessarily reflect the viewsof the Publisher or the Editor. While every care has been taken in thepreparation of this publication, neither thePublisher nor the Editor are responsible for any inaccuracies in the content of the articlespresented.