Dear Aubrey

Thanks for your email. I'm very happy for you to add my name as a supporter for the proposal, and flattered to be considered useful. I remember seeing you propose C&C in Geneva in 1996, and have been a fan ever since.



Matthew Paterson
Ecole d'etudes politiques,
Universite d'Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
Co-editor, Global Environmental Politics
Latest book (with Peter Newell)
"Climate capitalism: global warming and the transformation of the global economy"

"One way of allocating emissions could be on the basis of the notion of 'contraction and convergence', This idea was developed by a little known London outfit called the Global Commons Institute, led by concert violinist and engaging orator Aubrey Meyer. With colourful diagrams and impeccable logic, Meyer's argument moved relatively quickly from the margins of the debate, dismissed as unrealistically radical to the mainstream. Contraction & Convergence meant that while overall global emissions would contract to a level consistent with the overall goal of the UNFCCC - to 'prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system' - these emissions would converge at a common per capita level. Emissions in the North would thus decline while those in South grew, albeit at a slowed rate. By 2030, per capita emissions across the globe converge, while overall global emissions peak about 2020 and then decline."
Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy
Peter Newell and Matthew Patterson



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