The world is facing an energy crisis. We can stick our heads in the sand, and wait for the looming dangers to wreak havoc on the global economy, or we can be proactive and build solutions to problems that will be here before we know it.

T. Boone Pickens is a vocal advocate for being proactive when it comes to energy policy and investments. In the latest installment of Big Think’s Edge, Pickens explains the current energy situation and how private industry and governments need to work towards greater sustainability.

His ideas for energy independence have inspired support from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. In 2008, Pickens, the chair of BP Capital Management and the author of The First Billion is the Hardest, launched a campaign presenting his solutions for reducing America’s dependence on oil. Called “The Pickens Plan,” it created discussion among candidates during the 2008 presidential election. And since then, he's only become more determined to ensure sustainability in the U.S.

“We’re stuck with oil and natural gas, I’d say, for at least twenty or thirty years,” he says. “Now where do you go to get away from fossil fuels?” Pickens explains his ideas in this week’s Edge. Watch a preview of his exclusive workshop on energy policy and sustainability solutions. Sign up today for a free 14-day trial to Edge to learn insights from Pickens and other thought leaders.