The Amazon Rainforest is Not for Sale

Four extremely worrying trends are converging right now to make the Amazon rainforest the most important single global priority at this moment: An unprecedented number of fires are raging across the entire Amazon basin. The rate of deforestation has quadrupled in the last year. IPCC scientific examination of land use and land degradation shows a rapidly accelerating vicious cycle, where exploitative land use contributes to … Continue reading The Amazon Rainforest is Not for Sale

Land use could shape all our future possibilities

When we talk about land use, most people immediately get a sense we are talking about something other people do. But land use is deeply involved in our everyday experience, our personal choices, the places we live and how we move through them. Increasingly, in countries large and small, rich and poor, people are migrating to cities. Agriculture and forestry are major widespread uses of … Continue reading Land use could shape all our future possibilities

Youth Briefing Session at SB50 with UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Patricia Espinosa

by Shan Agrawal While there is no shortage of geo-political, social or economic problems that countries around the world must face at any given time, climate change is increasingly a driving influence in all areas. Before you read any further, pause for a moment and think about this: can you say climate change has not affected your life in some important or any way at … Continue reading Youth Briefing Session at SB50 with UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Patricia Espinosa

WEAVE GKG: Visualizing Earth-Systems Value

When we scan the solar system for signs of life, we look for water. Earth life requires water. The whereabouts and availability of water on Earth are determined by geology, life, and activity in the climate system, which is made up of thermal energy flows moving between the atmosphere and the ocean. Biodiversity is driven by the presence of water and life, under stable climate … Continue reading WEAVE GKG: Visualizing Earth-Systems Value

Science is Not Negotiable

If global heating exceeds an average of 1.5ºC across the world, we will collectively face so much risk and damage, the costs will spill over into every area of human experience. The climate system does not respect political borders or bank account balances. An Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund once framed the crisis in these simple, haunting terms: When a small island nation … Continue reading Science is Not Negotiable

ACE Dialogue: Reduce the ‘Otherness’ of Climate; Involve People

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) has grown to 125,000 members, in 52 countries, on 6 continents. These empowered citizen volunteer policy advocates work together in small local teams to build trust-based working relationships with their representatives in government. They have shown that public participation builds political will and helps decision-makers to align their policy choices with the human interest of the people they represent. Background 2018 … Continue reading ACE Dialogue: Reduce the ‘Otherness’ of Climate; Involve People

Invest in Interactive Earth Systems Value at the Human Scale

Resilience Intelligence Brief to the In-Session Workshop on Long-Term Finance At the 2018 In-Session Workshop on Long-Term Finance, we asked that a specific operational question be put to ministers: What do you know about the macro-critical resilience intelligence of your nation’s economy? That would logically lead to a series of further questions: Do you know how to learn this? Do you have systems in place … Continue reading Invest in Interactive Earth Systems Value at the Human Scale