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|Sir Richard Branson live on Skype for Green Aruba III|
|Saturday, 06 October 2012 00:49|
He expressed in Papiamento "ban traha hunto", thus "let's work together" at the end of the conversation. Figueres opened the conversation with Branson's expression, where Branson refers to the common expression "Plan A", "Plan B" and adds that there is no Planet B and thus it is important that each citizen of Planet Earth take care of the planet for ourselves and future generations. Branson said "I am very happy to be able to bring my message to the community of Aruba in this manner, although I would have liked being there. Prime Minister Eman and I reached an agreement to convert your beautiful island and make it independent of fossil fuels by 2020. It is an incredible goal which we have put before us and we are determined to reach it." Sir Richard added that this goal will be achieved with the support and inspirational vision of Prime Minister Eman. For Aruba to achieve this goal and become the first island nation that is 100% sustainable and thus an example for other islands and the rest of the world to follow, can only be achieved by bringing together creative entrepreneurial brains and by seeking out the correct technology and solutions, Branson said. "This opens the road to change," he added. Branson expressed that the presence of so many people interested in "green" topics for the past three days at the Green Aruba III conference reflects the commitment of the island to make changes. These changes will bring about social benefits for everyone, he commented. "The Caribbean is very close to my heart, and therefore I am echanted withAruba, which is guided by your pioneering Prime Minister. We can and will create great opportunities for the entire region. We at CWR are going to roll up our sleeves to work and walk together with you on this incredible journey. Let us show the world that together we can and will solve climate change," Branson stated.