This page is being created now to recognize and honour the exceptional people who have emerged as C&C Heroes over the years.

This is work in progress . . . and there are a lot of people who will obviously be here.

Some may be surprised and some may be surprises . . .

















Colin Challen
Former Chair UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change
Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS, FMedSci,
Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge,
Former Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
Professor Peter Guthrie OBE
Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in the UK
Fellow of St Edmund's College Cambridge
Professor Martin Rees
Trinity College Cambridge
Sir John Houghton
President, John Ray Initiative
Michael Hutchinson
CEO Tangent Films
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA
Bishop of London
Anthony J. McMichael, MBBS, PhD
Professor and NHMRC Australia Fellow National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
Australian National University
Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Human Health, University of Copenhagen
Ruth Reed
President Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA]
Sunand Prasad
Former President of RIBA
Maneka Gandhi
Member of Parliament India
David Wiggins
Wykeham Professor of Logic, Emeritus, Oxford University
Lord David Puttnam
Film Producer
Jack Pringle
PPRIBA Hon AIA FRSA Dip Arch BA(hons)
Partner Pringle Brandon LLP; Director WIRED architects Ltd
Chair Article [25] (UK reg. charity 1112621 for Development and Disaster Relief)
Vice Chair Construction Industry Council (CIC)
Council Member International Union of Architects (UIA)
Past President Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Commandeur Des Arts et Lettres
Professor Aubrey Manning, OBE,FRSE
Emeritus Professor of Natural History, University of Edinburgh
Tim Livesey
The Archbishop of Canterbury's Secretary for Public Affairs
Sir Crispin Tickell
Director Policy Foresight Programme Oxford University
Professor Sir Michael Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM,FMedSci
Director, UCL International Institute for Society and Health
MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London
Chairman, Commission on Social Determinants of Health
Chairman, Department of Health Scientific Reference Group
Professor Sir Andy Haines
Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT
[in a personal capacity]
Professor Brendan Mackey
The Fenner School of Environment & Society
The Australian National University
* Member, IUCN Council (Oceania Regional Councilor)
* Member, Earth Charter International Council
Professor David Orr Environmental Studies and Politics Oberlin College and James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont.
Alistair Woodward
Head of the School of Population Health, University of Auckland
Dr Nigel Woodcock
Reader, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Roger Arthur Graef OBE
criminologist and film-maker
Professor Bill McGuire
Director, Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre
University College London
Lord Anthony Giddens
Professor Emeritus LSE
Susan Richards
non-executive director and founder of openDemocracy
John Carstensen
Chief Executive Officer Society for the Environment
Professor Mark Swilling
Sustainability Institute, School of Public Management and Planning
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Lynne Jackson
Coastal & Environmental Consulting
Cape Town, South Africa
Dr David Pencheon
Director - NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU)
Professor Anthony Costello FMedSci,
Director UCL Institute for Global Health
Tom Spencer
Vice Chairman, Institute for Environmental Security
Dr Mayer Hillman
Senior Fellow Emeritus Politcy Studies Institute
Susan George
President of the board of the Transnational Institute
Alex Kirby
Former BBC News environment correspondent
Professor Tim Jackson
Sustainable Development Surrey University
Director of the Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment
Professor William E. Rees, PhD, FRSC
UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Jeremy Leggett
Chairman Solar Century
Andrew Dlugolecki
UK Climate Change Committee Member, Sub Committee on Adaptation
The Hon. Tom Roper
Board Member, Climate Institute, Washington DC
Adam Poole
Professor Lord Smith of Clifton
Peter Head,
Chairman of Global Planning Arup.
Linda Rosenstock MD, MPH
Dean, UCLA School of Public Health
Former Director, U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Professor Alan Maryon-Davis
President, UK Faculty of Public Health
John Guillebaud
Emeritus Professor of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, UCL
Professor Hugh Montgomery
Director, UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance
Dr Robin Stott
Director of the Climate and Health Council
Emeritus Professor Brian Moss
University of Liverpool
Steven Earl Salmony
AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population
[estab. 2001]
Robert Costanza
Gordon and Lulie Gund Professor of Ecological Economics
Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
The University of Vermont
Jenny Griffiths OBE,
Member, Climate and Health Council
Tim Helweg Larsen
Director Public Interest Research Centre
Jonathon Porritt
Forum for the Future
Sara Parkin,
Founder Director, Forum for the Future
Lorna Walker
Dave Hampton
Carbon Coach MA (Cantab) C Env C Eng FCIOB,
Society for the Environment Board Member, The Edge,
RIBA Sustainable Futures, Superhomer, Transition Town Marlow Founder
Leslie Watson
Director Sustainability South West
Nick Reeves
Executive Director CIWEM
Professor Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker PhD
Lead Author, Factor Five, Former Chairman of the German Bundestag's Environment Committee
Professor Robert B. Whitmarsh
School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, SOUTHAMPTON
Patrick Ainley
Professor of Training and Education, University of Greenwich
Michael H. Glantz,
Director CCB (Consortium for Capacity Building)
INSTAAR University of Colorado
Antonio Sarmiento G
Instituto de Matemáticas, UNAM México
Tim Smit
Director of the EDEN Project
Ulrich Loening
Former Director of the Centre for Human Ecology
Paul Allen
External Relations Director of the Centre for Alternative Technology
Dr Richard Horton
Editor in Chief Lancet Magazine
Fiona Godlee
Editor in Chief British Medical Journal
Dr Jean-Baptiste Kakoma
Rwandan School of Public Health
Ian Roberts
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health LSHTM
University of London
Sarah Walpole, BSc, MBChB,
York District Hospital, UK
Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
President, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, UK
Mr Tim Campbell-Smith MBBS BSC FRCS (Gen Surg)
Consultant colorectal and general surgeon
Mark Thompson
General Practitioner
Dr. Marie-Claire Lobo
Consultant in Public Health Medicine NHS Hampshire
Tony Waterston
Consultant paediatrician (retired)
Chair of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Advocacy committee
Robert Johnstone MSc MInstP MIPEM CEng
Clinical Scientist, London
Professor David Webb
Engineering The Praxis Centre Leeds Metropolitan University
Dr Stuart Parkinson
Scientists for Global Responsibility
Professor Fiona Stanley
Director Telethon Institute for Child Health Research Perth Western Australia
Bhavani Prakash
Founder Eco WALK the Talk.com, www.ecowalkthetalk.com/blog
Professor Andrew Weaver
Canada Research Chair University of Victoria
Dr Tom Barker
Sustainability ecologist, Dept of Ecology, University of Liverpool.
Sean Kidney
Chair, Climate Bonds Initiative
Dr Samuel Bonnett
Biogeochemist, Institute for Sustainable Water,
Integrated Management and Ecosystem Research,
University of Liverpool.
Dr Peter North,
Senior lecturer, Department of Geography,
University of Liverpool.
Dr Jane Fisher,
Lecturer in Ecology,
Liverpool John Moores University.
Prof Andy Plater,
Director of Oceans and Ecosystems Research Cluster and
Head of Green Economy incubation Network,
University of Liverpool
Romayne Phoenix
London Green Party  Campaigns Officer
Penny Kemp - GCI
Jim Berreen – GCI
Dr Richard Lawson
General Practitioner
Mr Mike Zeidler
Chairman, Association of Sustainability Practitioners
John Bunzl
Trustee, International Simultaneous Policy Organisation
Roger Martin
Chair, Optimum Population Trust
Anthony and Anne Wilson
Marianne McKiggan
Crisis Forum
David Cook
Executive Ambassador the Natural Step
Ian Roderick,
Director of the Schumacher Centre,
lead partner in the CONVERGE project
Michael Herrmann
Senior Lecturer in Sustainability
Kingston University School of Architecture & Landscape
Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Surrey
Professor Peter Reason
School of Management, University of Bath
John H Crook Phd DSc
Formerly Head of Joint School in Psychology and Zoology
Psychology Department, Bristol University
Francesca Vandelli
Systemic Learning and Development Officer, Health and Social Care Bristol
Tim Malnick
Co-Director Ashridge Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility
Toddington Harper
MD, The Low Carbon Economy Ltd
Dr Nicholas Allott
Postdoctoral research fellow at Centre
for the Study of Mind and Nature, Oslo University
Doug Whitehead
Partner Consulting & Student Bond University
Post Graduate Programme Carbon Management
EnSight Consultancy, Brisbane
Hilary Griffiths
Coordinator of Friends of the Earth, Guildford and Waverley.
Elizabeth Tomlinson
Dr Keith Baker
Director, Sustainable Footprints
Keith Taylor
Green MEP
Jean Lambert

Green MEP
Caroline Lucas MP
Tim Yeo MP
Chairman of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee
Martin Caton MP
Joan Walley MP
Paul Flynn MP
Jo Swinson MP
Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP
UK House of Commons
Dr. Rupert Read
Norwich Green Party and University of East Anglia Philosophy Department
Jenny Jones AM
Green Party Group London Assembly
Darren Johnson AM
Green Party Member London Assembly
Dr Martin Hemingway
Green Party, North West Leeds
James Del-Gatto
Head of CSR - SThree plc
Raja Mitra
Senior executive & Management professional
Stuart Jeffery
Campaigns Officer, Kent Green Party
Andrew Dakers
Spokesperson for Hounslow Borough Liberal Democrats
Meenakshi Subramaniam
UCCK, Kodaikanal
Paul Anderson, PhD
Research Fellow, University of Warwick
John Russell
Chairman Giltbrook Studios, Nottingham
Esther Maughan McLachlan,
Managing Director, Strong Language Ltd.
Stephen Thomson,
Editor, Plomomedia.com
Peter Martin
Research Director CarbonSense
Dave Yates
Newport Friends of the Earth
Dr Michael Taylor
Retired Teacher
Terry Wyatt
Jo Abbess
Miles Litvinoff
John Cossham
Milena Buchs
Stan Mowatt
Chemistry Teacher
Audrey Urry
Liberal Democrat
Chris Keene
Green Party
Dr Clive R Sneddon
Liberal Democrat
John Dougill
Tony Burton
Wind Energy Consultant
Tamas Szabados
PhD Maths Dept Budapest University
Rebecca Findlay
Lambeth Green Party & Sustainable Streatham
Brian Orr
Civil Servant
Penney Poyzer
Author and Broadcaster
Jeffrey Newman
Earth Charter
Kate Prendergast
Freelance consultant, member Crisis Forum
Mr Leo Giordano
Homes and Communities Agency
Rev. Canon Peter Challen
Christian Council for Monetary Justice
Alex Lawrie
CEO, Lightweight Community Transport
Chair, The Ecological Land Co-operative
John Whiting
Sabine McNeill
Green Credit
Dr Alan Bullion
Business Analyst, Informa Agra
Dr. Robert Davis
Steve Wright
Reader Global Ethics, Leeds Metropolitan University
Dr Arvind Sivaramakrishnan
Michael Sackin
Phil Harris
retired Government Grade 7 scientist
Barbara Panvel
Centre for Holistic Studies [India]
Dr Mark Levene
Reader in Comparative History, University of Southampton
Jonathan Ward
MSci, MSocSc, StudentForce for Sustainability
Richard Jordan MA
Nic Lee and Heather Finlay
Jim Roland
Liberal Democrat party member
Ashton Shuttleworth
BSc (Dunelm) MSc DipIC DipFM FRGS - Environmental Finance and Consulting
Ben Brangwyn
co-founder Transition Network
Michelle Thomasson
Transition Minchinhampton
Anne Adams
Peter Kent Bsc. Msc
Lib Dem. Town Councillor
Clare Palgrave
Chair; Woking Local Action 21
Scott Ainslie
Susan Chapman
BA (Theol) Retired Teacher
Georgia Meyer
Lucinda Cridland
Sophie Rees
Zahra Akram
Laura Mccutcheon
Rhiannon Dorrington
Pippa Bartolotti
Carolyn Kelley Gopalan
Prakash Natarajan
IT Director
Brian Wills
Philip Valentino
The Food and More Project
Owen Clarke
Green Party Torfaen
Ms Mary Scott
Environmental consultant
Angie Zelter
Reforest the Earth
Nina Venkataraman
Liam Proven
Writer - London
Hugh Fraser
Transition Kensington
Jean Vidler
Green Futures Festivals Co Ltd

Ankaret Harmer
Kings Heath Transition Initiative & BrumLETS, Birmingham

Dr Martin Hemingway
Green Party, North West Leeds

Jamie Bull MSc
oCo Carbon
Sheila Freeman 
Friends of the Earth London
Reggie Norton MA
Christine Dawson
Nicola Wareing
Physics Student, Lancaster University
Chris Speyer
Diana Korchien
Publisher of Calendar of Climate Change (2007, 2008, 2009)
Transition Leytonstone
Ros Bedlow
Transition Leytonstone
Roisin Robertson MICHT VTCT
Janice Connully
Womens Theatre
Julie Baker
Community Artist
Al Dutton
Alan Francis
Green Party Transport Speaker
Brig Oubridge
Former Director, Big Green Gathering
John Moore
Green Radio
Simon Eastwood
Steve Muggeridge
Director Big Green Gathering
Linda Benfield
Director Big Green Gathering
Helena Schnitner
Big Green Gathering Independent Astrologer
Alan Turnbull
Director Floating Lotus
Ossie Bash-Taqi
Hugo Charlton
Eileen Noakes


To all the Signatories to Colin Challen's letter to SoS Climate/Energy Chris Huhne

Thank you to all again for your interest in and support for this letter. There were around two hundred signatories by the time the letter was sent and more have kept coming since that time and are visible here

A reply from SoS dated simply 'July', has been received [I received my copy of it Friday the 9th] and a copy of it is here

Colin may want to write to everyone separately, but as I see it the reply has two elements.

'New' from DECC is the openly encouraging form of words about C&C and the thanks to all signatories attached to that from SoS where he says: - "I welcome the contribution that you and the signatories to your letter are making by highlighting the benefits of this approach." C&C is also described as, "a compelling vision of a future long-term climate regime, and has a number of distinct benefits. These include: • Recognition that per capita emissions of developed countries will need to come down significantly over time. • The establishment of a firm global pathway to limit emissions, with corresponding long-term targets for all countries. • The development of an approach that many consider to represent a fair and equitable response to climate challenge." This part probably represents directly the attitude of Chris Huhne himself, who has been a champion for C&C for many years.

At the same time the other 'old' element again states [which may or may not represent his exact view] that different national circumstances, responsibilities and capabilities are what the negotiations at the UNFCCC have to deal with. This certainly does reflect the situation that the civil servants at DECC and DEFRA have to deal with, but they [a] appear not yet to recognize that C&C doesn't disagree with them on this and [b] that C&C does provide a way of structuring this obviously unavoidable issue in a UNFCCC-compliant way.

Regarding the request in the letter for a public meeting, I regret to report that this has been ignored. It may well be that at least some of the signatories will not be happy with this. In fact one has written to me already in this vein saying quite reasonably that a reply specifically to this request is what has been awaited and it has not been provided.

At the same time there is an invitation to me to discuss matters with SoS concerning a UNEP inspired review now under consideration. This UNEP review apparently foresees comparing C&C with various other proposals, such as 'Greenhouse Development Rights', 'Cap & Share', 'Kyoto-2'. These proposals are briefly compared with C&C by me here

Maybe the UNEP review will go ahead. Maybe it will be useful. We'll see.

In the round, I suspect the SoS reply portrays residual conflict within the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Climate Change Committee where regarding C&C, some long-serving civil servants still have a mental model of the negotiations that is essentially building a 'mosaic' in an 'evolutionary' manner. It is from this position they have for many years projected a conflict with C&C.

However, if that is so then the tide is turning as the defence of what could still be classed as this 'anti-C&C-influence' increasingly depends on arguments that add up to the mosaic-failure of doing too-little-too-late, or the high-cost of 'UNFCCC-non-compliance'. The fact is that the objective of the UNFCCC obviously makes UNFCCC-compliance teleological and given the risks and indeed the high costs of failure, it makes sense to be teleologically guided by that and do the numbers for a global deal that is globally consistent with UNFCCC-compliance. I am certain that over time this view will increasingly prevail.

That said the letter from SoS asserts that the Copenhagen Accord is, "an important step towards an ambitious global deal" that adds up to what "the Accord recognizes as the need to limit the global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees and avoid dangerous climate change".

This probably relates to what our DECC colleagues believe concerning their undoubtedly valiant efforts over fifteen years. However, their claim is not credible. The "medium term targets and actions" referred to do not even add up to the Climate Act's "2016 4% low" scenario and DECC unrealistically gave us only 50:50 odds for not exceeding 2 degrees with this scenario. In fact, because of the vividly unrealistic gains in 'sink-efficiency' in the the Met-Office/Climate Change Committee analysis underpinning the Climate-Act and the "2016 4% low" scenario published last year, odds of 1:10 would be less inappropriate. Consequently, the odds of the Copenhagen Accord adding up to less than 2 degrees are even worse.

So it is worth repeating, however politically difficult this may be, that their claim is obviously not credible.

All the way through 2009, GCI argued the case about the unrealistic rates of gain in sink-efficiency in the Climate Act in last year's Environmental Audit Committee enquiry into, "Targets in the Climate Act: where did they come from and were the models on which they were based valid?" The Met Office indicated their broad agreement with us only right at the end of the enquiry

I sent the recent and more detailed animation-analysis of this matter - as shown here
or here to Sir John Houghton and Jason Lowe of the Met Office and Jason Lowe has promised to respond.

The political problem that attends this however remains the lack of focus and clarity in the collective-mind of the 'policy community' inside DECC and beyond. The part of the SoS letter that reflects this refers to the need for, "a balanced range of indicators relating to national responsibilities and circumstances, economic capabilities and developments needs."

It is not an unreasonable line of thinking but to keep within two degrees, we need to get global emissions down to as-good-as net-zero within the next 40 years. So while the needs in this "balanced range of indicators" seem and indeed are important, they are also zeroed out for everyone within forty years. So it is obviously plain error to go on making the defence of this indicators-list sacrosanct and the reason for resisting C&C, while continuing to negotiate as though this degree of error wasn't increasingly obvious to everyone concerned. As things stand, we are being overtaken by events, principal amongst which is the increasingly worrying rise of CO2 equivalent concentrations in the atmosphere.

The way to deal with this from a C&C perspective is straightforward.

  • define a full-term global emissions budget for two degrees at the UN - in fact the UK did this in the UK Climate Act.
  • split this budget in two at the UN so above average and below average converge on the per capita average by year 'x' - in fact the UK did this in the UK Climate Act too.
  • then let each side negotiate within itself and amongst themselves - and not globally at the UN - as to how they share their 'halves': this crucially doesn't disqualify exchanges/trading between the two sides, it just for example can get a realistic deal for India and China with 'accelerated convergence' who would then, like all of G-77 square off amongst themselves.

Points one and two are the 'global deal', and point three is not; it is simply the follow-on.

This is 'focus' and what is needed for success with UNFCCC-compliance. The debating point is: - if we try to take and negotiate all three points simultaneously, negotiations are structureless, random and in my view doomed to continue the failure to which we are all increasingly hostage.

We can see that the gap does now close as in a less than whole-hearted way, the UK and others attempted this with the Climate Act and then at COP-15. But the attempt failed and here's why: -

This matter is obviously not over and these are the key arguements that I intend asking SoS Chris Huhne to consider if and when that meeting concerning the UNEP review takes place.

For now, with thanks from all those who organized this letter to all those who signed it and also helped in various ways. This is just another battle in the longer but finite war on error. If anyone would like to comment [for arguments sake raise the issue of the meeting again] or to become more involved or just to be kept in touch with developments, or whatever you like please do indicate this.

With kind regards

Aubrey Meyer
































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