This is Not a Game

As we enter 2015, it’s worth looking back at a valuable insight shared during a COP20 side-event relating to the building of country-specific roadmaps to a low-carbon economy. On Dec. 10, in Lima, Jeffrey Sachs answered an audience question about advanced technology research and then added, for clarity: “This is not a game.” Sachs is Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The SDSN is steering the biggest economies in the world to develop ambitious transition strategies that will result in true low-carbon prosperity, with the aim of preventing dangerous climate disruption. 

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Assuring Real Progress on Climate

In the “Lima Accord”, adopted a week ago in reasonably congenial negotiations in Peru, nearly 200 nations agreed to reduce their fossil fuel emissions from burning of coal, oil and gas.  Nations are to define their specific plans prior to a final agreement in Paris in December 2015.  No country will be legally bound to a specific reduction, but the hope is that peer pressure will result in both ambitious targets for the general good as well as good faith efforts at compliance.

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CCL Interview on RTCC Climate Change TV

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Lima Call for Climate Action Approved

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At 1:22 am, on December 14, 2014, the Closing Plenary session of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approved the draft decision of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). That document now becomes the Lima Call for Climate Action, or the Lima Accord. The Lima Accord is the basis for the work that will be done throughout 2015, leading up to the COP21 next December in Paris, where a global climate action pact including nationally-determined commitments is to be agreed.

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Entrevista COP20 sobre Citizens' Climate Lobby

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Bending the Curve toward Reasoned Action

With something as complex the all-encompassing climate response negotiations between nearly 200 governments, it is often easier to talk about the arc of the process than to trace every detail. The energy committed to reasoned action can be drained away, if too much weight is given to doubt and naysaying. So the work here is in part about building up the level of energy committed to reasoned action. We have a chance to bend the curve toward reasoned action and make sure no efficiency value or constructive outcome is left unattempted. 

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The News from COP20: Lima Week 1

livefromlima.pngThe 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change must tackle a number of major challenges: First, draft, review, edit, redraft, and approve, language for the treaty to be agreed in Paris, at the end of 2015. Second, countries (the Parties) must find a way to collaborate for mutual benefit, so their focus is no longer to hold back bold climate action, for fear it will be costly. Third, while everyone is talking about who will finance which solutions, and at what levels and to what end, the COP process needs to find a way to make all climate finance and mitigation action more efficient and effective.

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Overcoming the Dissociation Crisis

A report on our Global Online Forum: Solution from Crisis
(Due to sound quality issues, the report on this event will be text only.)

This morning's discussion was personal and full of insight from people who have decided to stand up and take action to be part of building a better world. The question of how we get to a viable, systemic climate solution connects to the question of how we relate to systems. If we treat the problem as a threat and the solution as a confrontation, we run the risk of ignoring the systemic leverage points, where our actions feed directly into the kinks in the system that drive the crisis. 

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Engaging at the Human Scale

jananpacha-andino.pngOn the opening mood of the COP20, yesterday's #CCLLima Global Forum: Human Scale & Local Impacts, the Voices for Climate pavilions, shared vulnerability & solutions

The first day of the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP20) was devoted to opening and framing remarks. We heard history, scientific data, economic analysis, and varying statements of purpose regarding what the COP20 meetings should accomplish. There is a mood of anticipation, as most of the parties hope to set the terms of a 2015 Paris accord. By the morning of the second day, it was clear that key words and phrases were being used differently according to different perspectives.

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CCL Takes Pathway to Paris Project to Lima

lima-cop20-v2.pngThe COP20 meetings in Lima have been billed as a drafting convention for what will become the Paris agreement on country-specific climate policies, at the end of 2015. And while it might be that, it will also be a stage on which nations and blocs of nations will seek to promote and defend their priorities in the way of long-term economic planning and cooperation. This makes finding the right focus around which to rally action and agreement even more vital.

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