I got an unexpected boost this morning when I came across the news story on Sir Paul Callaghan’s call for innovation to lift the economy. I have also heard the same endorsement from New Zealands Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman in most of his speeches.
We’ve given these men a good lot of recognition for their work and intelligence, so why aren’t we listening to them?
Perhaps I do not appreciate how difficult it is to put together a budget for 4-5 million people, but to completely ignore all signs that the world needs or wants to head towards low carbon technology and a reduction in pollution seems dissapointingly out of touch.
But before I go on and on about that… here is yet another guy who agrees, which inspired me to share: see the story $1b prize plan for NZ’s future
He talks about creating an incentive for New Zealand’s innovation potential so “we could lead the green energy revolution, reinvigorate the nation, and inspire the planet”.
Imagine visiting a country that operates more sustainably than the rest of the world with a high standard of living. I bet we could export some of that! I bet tourists would come to see that! Then throw in the Remarkables and their crystal clear rivers for good measure because we can!