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Nomination - but not winner - of Aubrey Meyer for the Saskawa Prize
by Tessa Tennant, John Hougton, Alex Evans, Michael Meacher, Grace Akumu, Richard Sandbrook, Andrew Dlugolecki,Tom Blundell, Julian Salt, David Crichton, Jim Phelps, Roger Doudna, Christopher Layton, Clive Hamilton, John Rich
Aubrey Meyer is testimony to the fact that individual effort can make a difference. It is absolutely remarkable that the idea of Contraction and Convergence has taken such a firm hold worldwide in such a short space of time, especially when you see the tiny operation which has championed this essential idea. I remember at Kyoto in 1997 when policymakers derided the proposition without a second thought. That type of response has all but disappeared, certainly within the more thoughtful arenas of climate policy. Through sheer determination, focus and good manners Aubrey has broken through global ignorance and prejudice to make just, common sense prevail… and he has done so on climate change, the most chronic threat which the world currently faces. We all have a great deal to thank Aubrey for, and I firmly believe that there is no-one better to receive the Sasakawa Award. Please give Aubrey Meyer your greatest consideration.
The personal dedication of Aubrey Meyer, born of a deep concern for global humanity and its future, is
what has brought the Contraction and Convergence proposal to the influential position it holds today.
most pleased to strongly support his nomination for the Sasakawa Prize.
I cannot think of a more
Chairman John Ray Initiative
I support the nomination of Aubrey Meyer. Over the past
fifteen years he has developed the idea of Contraction and Convergence as an
international solution to the challenge of global warming and climate change. He has done
this through the Global Commons Institute with very little funding and infrastructure. These
ideas influenced the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in the development of its
report “Energy: the Changing Climate” and Contraction and Convergence was the basis of
60% reduction in carbon emissions. This recommendation has been taken
up by the government in its
recent Energy White Paper and is now the generally accepted
basis for policy by a range of government, industry and NGOS.
He is a visionary and the award of the Sasakawa Prize would give much support
to this very important work, and
be a splendid recognition ofhis important contributions.
Sir Tom Blundell,
Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
If ever there was an initiative that deserved recognition and support, it is the brilliant and
relentless campaign waged by this fiercely independent, creative and apparently quite tireless
UK Minister of the Environment
I want to support the nomination of Aubrey Meyer for the Sassakawa prize. If this award is about people and institutions that make a real difference
then he should be recognised by it. In 50 years time we will talk of
Meyer’s principle much as we talk about the Kyoto agreements now.
A UNEP global
500 award winner, co-founder of Friends of the Earth
and Director of IIED 1988- 1999