Tuesday, 06 April 2021 17:04

Shaping digital future

EU countries commit to leading the green digital transformation

24 Member States and Norway and Iceland have signed a declaration to accelerate the use of green digital technologies for the benefit of the environment. They will deploy and invest more green digital technologies to achieve climate neutrality and accelerate the green and digital transitions in priority sectors in Europe, for example by using the NextGenerationEU and InvestEU funds.

The signatories of the Declaration on A Green and Digital Transformation of the EU will take action at national level in the following areas:

Set up a digital twin of the earth to help monitor climate change;

Make data available in common European data spaces;

Support the deployment of green digital solutions that accelerate the decarbonisation of energy networks, enable precision farming, decrease pollution, combat the loss of biodiversity and optimise resource efficiency;

Lead on energy efficient artificial intelligence solutions;

Help cities become more green and digital;

Use technologies to make buildings more energy efficient;

Support smart and sustainable mobility systems;

Use digital product passports to track and trace products to improve circularity and sustainability;

Promote eco-designed products and accessible digital public services;

Contribute to the use of a climate neutral, sustainable and energy efficient European cloud and blockchain infrastructure;

Propose permits for deployment of networks and data centres that comply with the highest environmental sustainability standards;

Making green public procurement the default option overall;

Develop low power hardware technologies;

Use of EU funding programmes and private equity to support European green tech start-ups and SMEs

The signatories will regularly assess their progress made and feed it into the Commission’s ongoing monitoring activities. They will also contribute to a shared repository of best practices and experiences to implement the Declaration.

Signatory Countries of the Declaration

The following countries signed the Declaration on Digital Day 2021: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

They also welcomed the Declaration of the newly established European Green Digital Coalition signed by 26 companies today. 


Climate change and environmental degradation present an existential threat to Europe and the world. Smart use of clean digital technologies can serve as a key enabler for climate action and environmental sustainability. The digital transition and a smarter and greener use of technologies will help make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, a key goal of the European Green Deal. Technology can improve energy and resource efficiency, facilitate the circular economy, lead to a better allocation of resources; reduce emissions, pollution, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. At the same time, the ICT sector must ensure the environmentally sound design and deployment of digital technologies. Today’s Declarations build on the EU Council conclusions of December 2020 on Digitalisation for the benefit of the environment. A European Parliament Pilot project will support the activities of the European Green Digital Coalition later this year and will be financed and managed by the European Commission.


Tuesday, 06 April 2021 17:03

Take Time and Think

How to Tell Right From Wrong: 3 Rules For Every Situation

Really you ask? Is it possible to tell right from wrong and to easily figure out how best to treat other people in every situation? Yes it is, and I'm about to show you how.

It turns out that there are 3 important rules we can always use to do right by others: the Silver Rule, the Golden Rule and the Platinum Rule. These 3 rules are applicable regardless of our politics, religion or culture. These moral rules also have broad support across cultures and throughout history. Let's discuss the Silver, Golden, and Platinum Rules, and how they can easily be applied to tell right from wrong when it comes to our choices and actions.

The Silver Rule

The first rule for telling right from wrong in our dealings with other people is the Silver Rule. It is essentially the inverse of the Golden Rule (which I will get to next.) Basically, we shouldn't do to anyone what we wouldn't want done to us.

The Silver Rule dates back to antiquity and variations of it can be found in Hindu, Buddhist, and other religious texts. The Silver Rules also appears in the writings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus from around 150CE. He writes: “What you shun enduring yourself, attempt not to impose on others.” Thomas Hobbes, writing in the 17th Century, also described the Silver Rule in his book Leviathan: "Do not that to another, which thou wouldst not have done to thy selfe." 

To use the Silver Rule, we must consider whether we are doing something that we would not want done to us. For example, if we would not enjoy being harmed or defrauded in some way, we should not do anything that harms or defrauds others. We should not take any actions that we wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of if the roles were reversed. This seems pretty straightforward.

The Silver Rule is important for being able to tell right from wrong, since applying it forces us to consider the potential consequences of our actions from someone else's point of view.

On its own however, the Silver Rule is less powerful than the Golden Rule because it only forces us to consider our actions, but not our inaction, which can also sometimes be potentially harmful. For example, if we fail to protect someone who is being attacked, or we refuse to speak up about something that we feel to be wrong.

The Golden Rule

Many of us are familiar with the Golden Rule that goes something like this: do to others what you would have them do to you. We rightly associate the Golden Rule with Christianity because it is so integral to Jesus' teachings, but some variants of the Golden Rule predate Christianity, and still others are found in diverse cultures and religions:

“We should conduct ourselves toward others as we would have them act toward us.” -- Aristotle, Greece (circa 350 BC)

“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Islam)

The Golden Rule boils down to treating other people the way that we would like to be treated. This includes not only refraining from harmful actions as with the Silver Rule, but also helping others who need it (in a situation when we would like to be helped if the roles were reversed). This where the Golden Rule transcends the Silver Rule in terms of applicability. It is simple and powerful.

The Golden Rule is great for telling right from wrong, but a dilemma can present itself if other people do not always want us to treat them the same way as we would like to be treated. If we refine the Golden Rule even further, we get a third and even more powerful moral concept, the Platinum Rule.

The Platinum Rule

The third and last rule for determining right from wrong is the Platinum Rule. To follow it, we must treat others how they would like to be treated. The Platinum Rules does require due diligence on our part. There is some risk of hurting someone when we take action without knowing what a person would want. So, the Platinum Rule requires taking the time stop and think, or to find out more about how a specific person would ideally want to be treated before we act.

Although he does not call it the Platinum Rule, extensive support for this same principle can be found in the book The Zombies: On Morality, by Josh Bachyinski.

The Platinum Rule is about maximizing what is good and ideal for each person. For example, if a vegetarian guest is coming to dinner at our house, we should serve them meatless fare because that is what they would want. If we apply only the Golden Rule to this situation, we might end up serving our vegetarian guest steak because we would want steak served to us. We fail to consider their needs even though our intentions are good.

The Platinum Rule is even more powerful than the Silver and Golden Rules because it forces us to actually find out how someone else wants to be treated in reality, not just based on our assumptions, even if we have the best intentions.

Putting It All Together

Putting the Silver, Golden and Platinum Rules together provides us with an extremely practical moral framework. The next time we are confused about whether we should be doing something to someone, we must ask these 3 questions:

1.) Would I not want this done to me? (Silver Rule)

2.) Would I like to be treated this way? (Golden Rule)

3.) How would this person ideally want to be treated? (Platinum Rule)

By applying the Silver, Golden and Platinum Rules, it should now be easy to figure out if an action is right or wrong in just about every situation we may encounter in everyday life.

From: www.commonsenseethics.com/blog

Monday, 26 April 2021 17:02


Dear friends,

like-minded currently or future ones,

International Water Conference (IWC), with exquisite pleasure, announce the Community News page.

We persevered, we evolved, in a manner we deem delightfully capable of enabling us to change the future for the better.

The IWC is stable on a base formed of scientists and experts from various fields, interests and disciplines, striving to point out a wide range of global water-related problems and to offer, hopefully implement, clear solutions. 

The IWC IDEA is a Rotarian initiative. Rotary Water and Sanitation committees and workgroups animated and brought together the scientific and professional community. Those fundaments, and active involvement of members of four Rotary Districts, are the core of our focus on the continued and sustainable development, as seen and described by Rotary International, European Union and the United Nations. Besides those, we look with great attention at the documents and advice of the DG EC Joint Research Center in Brussels.

The IWC GOAL is a practical and usable summary of available science and technology to create tools that can point to sustainable solutions to existential water-related problems. Global catastrophic events, the current pandemic and likes, to us are confirmation of the ubiquitous importance of water.


Times, old and new, teach us to adapt. We adapted, we made sacrifices. State, public and civil institutions, private sector, everyone participating, recognized the possibility to move forward. We launched new projects and new research (to be reported here regularly). This page will develop with us, as we publish our scientific and professional papers, discuss topics in our forums and monitor the implementation of projects. We will show you what we have done, how we created sustainability and what that sustainability means to the future of all.

I am currently writing to you on behalf of 15 scientists, professionals and experts, project team driven by the motivation to contribute new value and to help those in need.

Looking forward to meeting you here soon and regularly!

March 2021
Dragan Dabic

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