Reply to: Thousands Join the MOOC on Climate Change
I recommend this MOOC. Of particular interest is the 2nd track that seems to invite new thinking from participants on policy options to launch a global climate rescue while it may still be possible. I would advise against solely sector-based interventions since this tends to lead to solutions-as-usual discussions. Would suggest allowing space to consider the collective blindspots that block change (eg reductionist habits of problem solving), and ways to match cross-sector systemic change to the necessary scale of change (eg cutting concentrations not just emissions)
Reply to: Thousands Join the MOOC on Climate Change
Looking forward to acquisition of current and benefitting knowledge on clmate change via this course.
Reply to: Why We Must Engage the Private Sector in Climate Change Adaptation Efforts
A Vote for Expanding Stakeholder Engagement to Include More People
I read the following, and thought that I might contribute something to this discussion:
“The focus thus far has been almost entirely on what governments need to do, and who should pay. In some quarters, business interest has even been viewed as inappropriate competition for scarce resources.”
“Engaging the private sector is essential for multiple reasons. It can mobilize financial resources and technical capabilities, leverage the efforts of governments, engage civil society and community efforts, and develop innovative climate services and adaptation technologies.”
In many articles about mitigation of global warming, and in many approaches to accelerate responses to global warming, there is a tendency to look in the direction of government—or, as in this article, the private sector. And yet…every person—in communities around the world—is a stakeholder in the responses, and outcomes to global warming (and to many other challenges), and every person—in communities around the world—can make improvements to how wisely they “invest” their time, energy, and money.
What we could have—and what we truly need at this critical time—are collaborative problem solving processes which help citizens understand that the investments of time, energy, and money (the “votes”) each of us make in our everyday circumstances become the larger economy. And that wisely directed, such “votes” can result in countless ways of earning a living which contribute to the peacebuilding, community revitalization, and ecological sustainability efforts necessary to overcome the challenges of our times. Citizens from every variety of circumstances can learn how to wisely cast such “votes”—through workshops and meetings at Neighborhood Learning Centers during a stakeholder engagement process like a Community Visioning Initiative (and through local learning networks, for people who have difficulties attending meetings).
There are many critical challenges converging now [see this writers’ “A List of Ten Critical Challenges” (1 page)]. One way of exponentially accelerating solution-oriented activity at the local community level is for stakeholder engagement processes to engage more of the people who are stakeholders—that is, to maximize citizen participation. Many more people can understand that they have a civic responsibility to wisely direct their “votes” of time, energy, and money. This writer has proposed a Tipping Point Action Campaign which would encourage and support implementing 1000 Community Visioning Initiatives, in communities around the world. The discussion can, and should be, more and more about what we—collectively—need to do.
Reply to: Efforts to Protect Tropical Forests Take Big Step Forward – and Money Awaits
It is encouraging to see the mechanism/framework of performance based institutional REDD+ funding taking shape. The biggest challenge for developing countries still remains to develop capacities for forest carbon accounting i.e MRV including construction of RL/REL. I have been associated with nation wide forest cover mapping of India for over a decade and have participated in two NATCOMs to UNFCCC. There are many methodology related issues in use of remote sensing data for forest cover/forest type mapping, stratification, sampling design, error estimation, strata specific biomass expansion factors and emission factors etc. Related to this is the need that every one involved in this task for their respective countries are largely on the same page. A dedicated network of such professional and their regular interaction is very much desirable.
Reply to: Committed to Healthier Forests and Landscapes
Sustainable Forest Landscape is a key concept and will deliver regardless of what position individuals and communities consider their role in climate change is. Getting the 'right' kind of forest restored is vital. Dr Baroudy will be familiar from her UK experience of how the 'wrong' kind of reforestation resulted in a threat to the vast carbon storage capacity of the peatlands in the Flowe country of the Northern Highlands of Scotland through tax relief based coniferisation using exotic conifers. Best of luck in getting this concept accepted across a range of biomes.