The absence of any means of pricing and/or limiting and taxing carbon emissions means that there is no economic incentive in the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions, the major cause of global warming, which is arguably the greatest threat we face as a global community. There is an ongoing division among environmental advocates over which form of carbon-emissions pricing should be adopted by U.S. legislation and policy. Wide public support will be required to get Congress to act, and little will happen if leading environmentalists are not all pulling in the same direction. Karuna Center was brought in tobegin a process of consensus building among environmental leaders so that they can move forward with greater clarity, unity, and impact.
The threat of global warming is real, and its affects are bound to contribute to the kinds of conflicts Karuna Center works to mitigate around the word. The Summit set in motion a very important process of dialogue among key leaders in the environmental movement, who are well versed in the techniques of advocacy but less familiar with consensus building. Karuna Center was honored to help, and we expect to facilitate follow up meetings to support policy development that represents the interests of a broad spectrum of stakeholders and to encourage efforts to build popular and political will for the passing of effective legislation. Among world nations, the U.S. emits the second-highest amount of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming; it is essential that we start taking a leadership role in addressing the problem.