I was in two minds whether to attend this conference or not. In common with the other members of the FEASTA Climate group that had submitted paper proposals, mine was rejected. Though I was allocated a poster presentation this is usually not a great use of one’s time. In the end I decided that this was probably sour grapes on my part and that it would be good to attend to meet other like minded people, if nothing else.
If I had mixed feelings beforehand, they were more mixed afterwards. It was a good way of meeting people, and although …
In this article about the Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reductions Conference I want to write the things that I wanted to say in this conference but was unable to.
First of all though I want to say why I was not able to say these things. The reason was that this conference was organised in such a way that I had no opportunity to say them. It was organised almost entirely in plenary sessions with no break out discussions at all. Those of us who were not speakers could put our hands up but when we did get the opportunity …
This 2-day conference in London left me with mixed feelings. I’ve listed some good points below, and then some points where I think it could have been a whole lot better.
On the plus side
There were some positive signs, among (at least some of) the academics and others present, of a realisation that we need to get real about the politics.
One speaker for example emphasised that if the organisers were keen to have an evidence-base, the one piece of evidence they should look at is that scientific evidence is being completely ignored and that therefore something else is …
This letter to the Guardian was written by a group of activists including several Feasta members. It advocates legal action by low-lying communities in order to require governments to achieve greenhouse gas emission targets. A new group, the Climate Litigation Network, has been formed to provide support to these vulnerable communities.
The 30 Greenpeace activists who were initially charged with piracy after boarding a Russian ship in the Arctic in order to protest oil drilling are now facing a charge of hooliganism instead. But what if the case really does involve piracy - or worse?
This newly-updated paper by David Knight presents abundant evidence that economic growth, rather than population growth, is the main determinant of increased fossil fuel emissions. Planned carbon and economic descent and a more even distribution of income between the richest individuals and countries and the poorest would provide the quickest, fairest and most effective means of reducing emissions.