Upgrading Earth Intelligence — CCE COP25 Week 1 Press Conference

Over the next year, all nations must upgrade their national climate action strategies (NDCs). The COP25 will lay the foundation for that work. CCE presents a view of Week 1, along with 5 high-value strategies for upgrading (and mobilizing) national plans for a climate-smart future. Civics, signals, finance, and nature to protect ice, watersheds, and the ocean. The Carbon Budget — our collective remaining allowance … Continue reading Upgrading Earth Intelligence — CCE COP25 Week 1 Press Conference

COP25 Mandate: The Geopolitics of Mutual Empowerment

COP25 Strategy Brief from Citizens’ Climate Education, the Engage4Climate Network and Resilience Intel The time between the COP25 (opening today in Madrid) and the COP26 (next November in Glasgow) constitutes an unprecedented moment for creative collaboration in the improvement of human experience and outcomes. During that time, 195 nations must upgrade their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the global climate crisis response. The work of … Continue reading COP25 Mandate: The Geopolitics of Mutual Empowerment

Trump withdrawal from Paris Agreement is Betrayal

Donald Trump’s move to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement undermines American leadership and credibility and materially harms the American people. The Paris Agreement sets the world on a course for a more just and sustainably prosperous future. It also resolves an old complaint—that high-polluting developing economies like China were not bound to action by the 1992 Climate Convention in the same way … Continue reading Trump withdrawal from Paris Agreement is Betrayal

Demand Rising for Climate-Resilience Ratings

In July, The New York Times reported: The rating agency [Moody’s] bought a majority share in Four Twenty Seven, a California-based company that measures a range of hazards, including extreme rainfall, hurricanes, heat stress and sea level rise, and tracks their impact on 2,000 companies and 196 countries. In the United States, the data covers 761 cities and more than 3,000 counties. Three weeks before … Continue reading Demand Rising for Climate-Resilience Ratings

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

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

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