Thanks for your very interesting note.
Michael Mainelli and I are happy to endorse your proposal.
Please do keep us posted on the outcomes of your submission.
Chiara von Gunten
Programme Manager the London Accord
Strategic Planner - Long Finance
Chairman, Z/Yen Group Limited
Principal Advisor to Long Finance and London Accord
Emeritus Professor of Commerce and Fellow, Gresham College
"Interestingly, one of the more equitable solutions to climate change is called Contraction & Convergence, promoted by Aubrey Meyer of Global Commons Institute.
He points out that a simple solution to climate change is to cap emissions on a per capita basis and then contract per capita emissions towards convergence at a sustainable level. In the process, the per capita emissions would be tradable.
As a consequence, there would be significant payments from high-emitting, developed countries to poorer, low-emitting countries. In extreme cases, a few hundred dollars per person could be sent to poorer countries to purchase their carbon emission rights. Aubrey's proposals seem less biased than most other proposals."
This DVD was produced on behalf of the UK House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group of MPs (APPCCG) by GCI and Tangent Films. It was distributed to all sitting UK MPs in 2007. It points to the disciplined approach we need to address climate change. Not an approach based on wishful thinking, but a rational framework which leads to the solution foreshadowed in the original 1990 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and subsequently much ignored.
The UNFCCC called on all countries to recognise their equal but differentiated responsibilities to cut carbon emissions, and to recognise that the eventual equitable distribution of carbon rights had to be achieved. Over 180 countries signed up to the UNFCCC's aims, but have so far failed to deliver the action necessary to achieve them. Time is now running desperately short. We need to implement the framework known as Contraction & Convergence (C&C), as proposed by the Global Commons Institute (GCI), in order to prevent further delay or sub-standard measures which might fool us into believing that we're dealing with climate change, when we're not.
This DVD gives an explanation of C&C. Experts also explain why they support C&C and Aubrey Meyer, whose work in developing C&C has been recognised in awards from the Schumacher Society and the City of London. He presents a risk analysis to show how C&C can react to stabilise the amount of C02 in the atmosphere as natural carbon sinks begin to fail. For more information, please follow these links