Federal councillor Doris Leuthard addresses Women's Network
The Zug Women's Network recently held an evening at the Theater Casino for a discussion entitled "Women and energy; how to cope with the challenging changes".
The event was very well attended, not unsurprisingly bearing in mind that the guest speaker was federal councillor Doris Leuthard, former president of the Swiss Confederation and currently head of the Federal Department of Transport, Communications and Energy.
In her speech, she spoke in some detail about the country's "2050 Energy Strategy" including the security of supply, environmental compatibility and its economic viability all illustrated with numerous examples. She stressed how important it was to go down this path together, adding that it was her job to point out the risks, obstacles and possibilities.
"We have come a long way in 40 years," she said. "Who would have thought 40 years ago that we would all be working with computers and able to communicate all over the world via the internet? Who would ever have believed that Switzerland would be the number one country for recycling?"
She continued to say that each one of us is responsible for the footprint we leave on the planet and, directing herself at women in particular, she said, "We women are greatly influential in what our families consume and what we buy for the home; in fact we have a great power with regard to how we deal with energy resources. Let us ensure we use it."
After the speech the ladies present continued, apparently, to discuss energy, electricity and technological development, with the drinks, the locally produced amuse-gueules, and the splendid sunset after the occasion, providing them with the energy to carry on with their own political, professional and domestic everyday duties.