No question that Dubai is minded to do so, as I note in my latest blog for GreenBiz. But, as a tweet in response asked earlier today, can a green capital be built on the back of virtual “slave labour”? Like it or not, I think the answer is potentially yes – though the contrast of values should invite derision over time.
And, as I noted in my TED-style keynote this morning here in Bonn, at the first Bonn Conference on Global Transformation, my hope is that there will be plenty of competition – with Bonn among the cities determined to have a go.
Good deal of interest in our new report, The Stretch Agenda, a dramatisation of a board meeting touching on a range of sustainability challenges and opportunities. Linked to our still-evolving online resource, The Breakthrough Challenge, also launched today. Wonderful walk with Tell (Muenzing) along the Rhine this afternoon, with a glass of white wine under a giant plane tree. Then back to the conference centre for a session with Jeff Sachs, who a number of us had had lunch with today alongside the Rhine.