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

UN Climate Talks are Shortcut to Security & Prosperity

There is no such thing as a free lunch. That is important to remember in politics at all levels. Smart politicians know they cannot afford to be on the wrong side of major forces that will affect their constituents, so it is always astonishing to see climate policy treated as “highly partisan” or “divisive”. The simplest story about climate science and climate solutions is this: … Continue reading UN Climate Talks are Shortcut to Security & Prosperity

CCL2019: International Coordinators Empower Each Other

In January 2014, Citizens’ Climate Lobby was comprised of numerous groups in the US and Canada and one each in Sweden and Bangladesh. Germany and Australia started up next, and expanded rapidly. Just 5 years later, the CCL family includes 125,000 citizen volunteers in 52 countries. At the 10th CCL Annual Conference, on Sunday, June 9, 2019, volunteer leaders and coordinators from across that global … Continue reading CCL2019: International Coordinators Empower Each Other

How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future

System-scale innovation does not have to be all-consuming revolution or a shock to the system. The most effective system-scale innovations start from small but significant improvements in policy, technology or practice, then cascade through practical connections to lived experience and everyday decision-making. These cascade effects gain traction by making critical improvements possible at every stage. Going into the SB50 mid-year UN Climate Change negotiations, there … Continue reading How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future

Invest at the Source

Report from the Acceleration Dialogues event, held during Monaco Ocean Week 2019 Ocean resilience starts upstream. The challenge of solving climate change and achieving sustainable development for the long-term, for all nations, demands we build an economy that is capable of securing ocean health and resilience — a blue economy. On Wednesday, 27 March 2019, at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the Acceleration Dialogues partners … Continue reading Invest at the Source

WEAVE: Whole-Earth Active-Value Economics

The new economics of Earth-systems integrity Whole-Earth Active Value Economics (WEAVE) starts from the recognition that all artificial value — everything we account for in monetary terms — is like foam on the deep ocean of what makes life on Earth feasible. Natural system value is worth far more, and is ultimately the source and the measure of all that we account for. Our exclusion … Continue reading WEAVE: Whole-Earth Active-Value Economics

The Day the World Stood Still

During the 2018 United Nations Climate Change negotiations (the COP24), co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented the latest scientific findings about what would happen if the world warms by 1.5ºC on average above pre-industrial levels. It was a special plenary session, meaning every nation was represented, as well as every international agency, and as many observers as could fit. What happened in … Continue reading The Day the World Stood Still

The Future is Regenerative Prosperity

Freedom means living without the state-of-nature fear that powerful predators (of whatever kind) will impose harm with impunity. Any economic sense of human freedom, from any angle, requires an economy in which no market actor is predatory and no person, regardless of wealth or status, is significantly limited in their freedom to choose better, healthier options. That means polluters will have little room to run, … Continue reading The Future is Regenerative Prosperity