Universidad Para La Paz
University For Peace
8 February 1997
As I am writing my 2000 ideas to the year
2000, I came again this morning across the world
projects idea and in particular the world energy
grid idea. Herewith the text I wrote down. It occurred
to me that rather than run after the State of the
World people, it would be better to lobby with a
government. And since you had a good ear from the
Mexican governor who held recently the regional meeting,
you could propose to him that he ask the government
of Mexico to place an item on the agenda of the UN
as per idea herewith of today. When you write to
him, give him my warmest regards. We met in his room
during the State of the World Forum, together with
an Indian lady whom I remembered when recently traveling
in India. Unfortunately I could not come to the regional
Forum. Please give also a ring to Barbara Gaughen
in Santa Barbara and ask her to send you two copies
of the first fascicle of 100 ideas of mine towards
the year 2000, one for you, the other for the Mexican
And as I wrote this letter to you, I added an idea
944 concerning GENI.
With all my love an admiration for your wonderful
work and cause.
"Si vis pacem, para pacem"
Tels.: 249-1072 - 249-1512 - 249-1511, Apartado.
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2,000 ideas to the year 2,000:
17 March 1995
We now have at long last a World
Trade Organization. Needed as much, if not more,
is a World Engineering Agency that would conceive
and implement major world engineering projects
which would improve the overall productivity of
the planet and the well-being of the people. For
example, several major unexploited hydro-electrical
sites in the world could provide enough electricity
for humanity's needs, transported intercontinentally
through high power transmission lines, in a world
energy grid which would take advantage of the night
and day rotation of the planet. As a result, atomic
energy could be dispensed with and our future saved
from annihilation through atomic radiation.
Buckminster Fuller was a goldmine
of such ideas. They should be carefully studied.
There exists in San Diego, California, an institute,
GENI, which has studied and advocates a world energy
grid. It should receive top attention and be supported.
8 February 1997
I will not repeat it often enough:
we need several great common world engineering projects
which will help save us incredible sums of money
spent on national duplications, increase the productivity
of the world economy and help us save the environment
(see idea No. 250). The building of world hydroelectrical
plants in the Amazons and Himalayas would be the
first ones to be considered, feeding a world electrical
and energy grid as proposed by Buckminster Fuller
and me years ago in the United Nations Natural Resources
Division. This cause is continued today by the GENI
Instituted (Global Energy Network International)
in San Diego.
I recommend that a government place
this particular item on the agenda of the United
Nations General Assembly or of the UN Economic and
Social council: "Study of proposals to build common
world hydroelectrical projects on suitable sites
in poor countries where lack of resources prevents
their building, and creation of a world wide energy
grid, fed also by new sources of energy, such as
a solar, wind and geothermal energy."
Which government will take the initiative?
I will propose it to several.
9 February 1997
I recommend that the GENI Institute
extend its interest and activities to great world
engineering projects more generally or that another
Institute or World Association be created on that
vita, promising subject.
10 February 1997
I recommend that a member government
of the United Nations should place an item on
the agenda of the UN General Assembly or UN Economic
and Social Council, entitled: "Inventory and
study of great world engineering projects which
would increase the efficiency of the world economy
and respond to the humanity's need for common
endeavors and investments."