7th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates:
"Atoms for Peace or for War?"
"Charter for a Non-Violent World"
Rome, Italy, 18 November 2006
Mr. Rifkin gave the keynote address at the 7th
World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. Mr. Rifkin spoke on the need
to make the shift from the elite energies of the 20th century-
coal, oil, gas, and uranium- to the distributed energies of the 21st
century- solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, and ocean waves. Mr.
Rifkin reminded the audience that wars have been fought and people killed to
secure fossil fuels and uranium during the course of the 19th and
20th centuries. In his address, Mr. Rifkin suggested that a
shift to locally produced renewable energies across the world would help
diffuse the growing geopolitical tensions around securing an ever more
limited supply of oil and gas from the Persian Gulf. Other honored guests
and Nobel Peace Laureates at the event included Mikhail Gorbachev, former
President of the Soviet Union, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland,
Mohammad ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, Shimon Peres, Vice Prime Minister of Israel, Frederik Willem De
Klerk, former President of South Africa, and Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of
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World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates: November 18, 2006