Climate Positive Movement
What's the problem?
We live in the fossil age, the age of stupid, where we meet our needs by burning black stuff we dig up from the interior of the Earth. And not only our needs, we also burn it for making a lot of stuff that we don't really need. That's for most of us in the rich countries. And a lot of rich people in poor countries as well.
So we're burning our children's future, we're burning the planet and we are not doing it for anything good. We're burning rainforests in order to eat more beef than is good for our health. Many of us are not even happy in life. Those who are actually happy, successfully manage to ignore the fact that they are happy while destroying life on the planet, their own descendants included.
That's the status quo. And we are wanting to keep sticking the head in the sand and believe that this is just normal. It is not normal. It is sick.
The good news is - this destructive way of life is going to end soon. The bad news is, if it is not us who consciously choose to change it, it's going down by itself, wasting not only our stupid lifestyle once and for all, but taking this wonderful planet and its wonderful people with it.
Who we are and what we do
But we are still in time to act and steer clear of climate chaos. It is actually not all that difficult. All we need to do is build a strong climate movement, a climate positive movement that reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere instead of emitting more of them. There are ways to do this. And we will explore them together. And we will lead the way for our societies to become climate friendly. And we will give our children a future to look forward to once more.
- Pledge: From today on, I personally will have a net beneficial impact on the global climate/on GHG levels.
- We are spearheading the transformation/pioneering the path to a zero-emissions/climate friendly society, both in the North and in the South.
- We are creating, strengthening and connecting change agents.
- It is a movement, not an organization - it is voluntary but binding.
- Companies can join, if they adhere to the basic rule of being climate positive.
- We aim at bringing together the leaders in different niches of the current climate movement to create more significant synergies between their work.
Why we do it
Our Motto: "Steering clear of climate chaos"
- We want to get down from 390 to 350ppm, therefore everybody must take GHGs out of the atmosphere.
- 3 years establishing the system (2011, 2012, 2013)
- 6 years scaling up horizontally: communities, cities, regions, states and vertically: sectors (2014-2019)
- 10 years mainstreaming: standards, laws, international accord (2020-2029)
- 20 years phasing out remaining fossil technology and destructive practices (2030-2049)
- 2050 climate friendly world society is a reality
How we do it
By empowering our members to transform their lifestyle (or business practice) into a climate positive one and help them influence those around them and wider society in general to follow their lead.
- Personal Emissions Accounting - an efficient and flexible system, enabling users to go to as much detail as they would like, but also to stay as superficial as their time constraints may demand. We use proxies where exact figures are unknown. Similar examples are: Energiesparkonto in Germany, Climate Bonus in Finland, Carbon Rationing in the UK, John Ackers' Personal Carbon Account.
- Low-emission and zero emission solutions to human needs (figuring them out and creating demand)
- Exchanging solutions among members and among communities
- Set your own emissions reductions targets. Example: the 10:10 campaign in the UK: cutting your emissions by 10% in 2010. We can also facilitate this by developing plans or suggestions on how to set realistic targets and implement them (e.g. suggesting measures that would produce the reduction aimed at).
- Wiki catalogue/database of climate friendly ways to meet your needs, Categories could be: basic needs - very/less wasteful, efficient (max. 20% of market average), neutral, positive; non-basic need
- Voluntary advisors estimate emissions together with the candidates who want to join and identify measures together that can reduce the carbon footprint a lot in the short, middle and long term
- support from the center (experts, training, special deals for members,...)
Lifestyle Change Links
- Footprinter seems to already have developed something pretty close to the "carbon account" that I imagine
- http://www.thecarbonaccount.com/ this one as well, but only for UK
- UNEP's Climate-Netural Network (see "topics")
- Climate Positive Development Program (Clinton Foundation, email@example.com)
- John Robbins and Ocean Robbins
- How to live a low-carbon life (Book by Chris Goodall)
- Movimiento de Decrecimiento
Carbon Footprint Links
- http://climatepositive.org/measure/ (Assumptions underlying the Climate Positive Tool)
- Best Foot Forward Carbon Footprinter
- Top Ten Carbon Footprint Calculators
- Tesco Carbon Labelling Initiative
Other Links: EPA GHG Equivalencies Calculator; Water Footprint: Water Footprint very rough calculation, Water Footprint closer approximation, more links on Water Footprints, Water Footprint for Businesses and Products, Water Footprint Manual 2009; Ecological Footprint: Links on Ecological Footprints, Ecological Footprint Standards 2009
Greening the economy
- Product information wiki as a central reference, not only for our members but for society at large to find out about climate impacts of products and different ways to meet your needs.
- Local Buyers' Cooperatives to create demand for climate friendly products and lower costs for members. (Non-members are also very welcome to join!)
- Cooperate with countries, regions and cities where we have Zero Emissions Plans (or at least carbon neutrality targets)
- A Plan to Power the Planet with 100% Renewables
- Tesco's "Zero Carbon Store" (but only the store, not the products)
- Create a "Climate-friendly Local Directory" for each city, where you can find goods and services which are low-carbon, carbon neutral or climate positive.
- Offsets (criteria to be determined), First step: use Atmosfair and Sandbag, later maybe own mechanism.
- 100% Overcompensation (1t emissions = 1t compensated in the South + 1t in the North retired)
- Regionally focus compensation projects, e.g. 1. Maldives, 2. Costa Rica, 3. ???
- Countries and regions can apply to become focus areas.
- Compensation money is bundled.
- Locally use a mechanism similar to the Amazon Fund, with inclusive governance, high transparency and participation standards and performance-based payments.
- Create carbon-positive livelihoods.
- Temporary credits for non-permanent reductions.
- REDD activities should be designed as one-time activities for all lands with a potential to stay or to become forests.
- Planting trees on own land.
Priorities for compensation activities:
- High Value: High carbon, high biodiversity landscapes (e.g. Kalimantan Peat Swamps, Papua, Brazil's Atlantic Forest, Madagascar, DR Congo)
- High Threat: Societies/regions prone to drastic switches from low-carbon to high-carbon emissions (e.g. accessible places, emerging industrialized countries, high deforestation regions, potential plantation lands)
- High Potential: 1. Possibility to create stable sustainable livelihoods. 2. Probability of being able to replicate the model elsewhere.
We need to create an inventory of these three factors. Where they fall together in one place, we should engage. Some other factors such as political will and partnerships with strong institutions will also play an important role to decide where to get to work.
Possible Compensation Partners: Compensators
- Rainforest Foundation
- Forest Peoples Programme
- Greenpeace (TDERM)
- Amazon Fund
- FSC (for procedures)
- Yasuní ITT (for supply-side mitigation)
- Costa Rica
- Advocacy/lobbying arm, such as 350.org, Climate Justice Now! and others.
- Lobby national governments to find a way to make our actions additional. (see this Australian Initiative to the same purpose)
Natural allies (Advocacy & more)
- Beyond Zero Emissions (Australia)
- Climate Justice Now!
- Climate Action Network
- Youth Climate Movement
- Friends of the Earth
- Plant for the Planet
- The Pachamama Alliance
- ZERI Network
- Rising Tide
- Figueres family?
Organizing the movement
- Local Climate Positive Communities are the centerpiece of the movement.
- We hold monthly meetings for experience and information exchange, planning of advocacy work etc.
- We are an empowering, learning "organization".
- There are 2 levels of involvement: Member (climate positive), Partner (cooperation, transfer of know-how)
- Steering Group for analyizing, forging the political strategy, evaluating, etc.
- Non-members can also help a lot: carbon accounting technology, providing meeting space, discounts, trial period, research products' carbon footprint, IT space, contribute indigenous&traditional solutions for human needs, donations of money or stuff; companies: register their products.
- Local communities can learn a lot from the experiences of the Transition Movement, Transition Together, Neustart Schweiz, CRAGs and others.
Target groups: 350 participants, BUND-, Greenpeace-, WWF-Mitglieder, Grünen-Wähler, Bio-Esser, Eltern, Companies (WBCSD, etc.), Southern governments (national, regional, local), Progressive northern governments (national, regional, local: Mayors Climate Initiative), Green Changemakers (YAC SD course participants)
- Advisory Board
- Solidarity Mechanisms
- Credit card? GLS-Bank o.ä., check: ICE Organization Limited, first credit card to neutralize carbon emissions of user’s purchases
- Trial period
Results so far
- Powerpoint Presentation
- Product information wiki simple example
- We held a Virtual Work Party on 10/10/10.
- Personal Emissions Accounting Tool (rough-and-dirty prototype)
Work to do
- Find test-runner
- Find funding
- Find same-purpose organizations/initiatives
- Find people or organizations in each country for internationalizing the tool, adapting with national data
- Find "real compensation" partners
- Find database volunteers (to fill the database with Product Carbon Footrpints)
- Find programmer. Programmers wish list:
- A page to run the spreadsheet behind the curtains, only requesting user input in fields
- A database where all user input on items on the platform gets stored with references
- Possibility to modify stored footprints according to general rules/assumptions - fuel supply chain, transport etc. included/excluded which make it easy to understand what's in a footprint in the database and to modify that according to need (everything the same, but I know I am only 50kms away from the factory instead of 500kms (default value), etc.
- design, programming and hosting (I am working on a self-made trial version.)
- Programmers for implementing the website
- Rules for the Climate Account
- What standards for compensation projects?
- How can we support only basic needs?
- Do renewables promote (conventional, unsustainable) economic growth?
- Where can we effectively retire carbon credits? In the EU-ETS? Under Kyoto surely not. Where else?
- Does demand-side fossil fuel consumption reduction work? Reducing demand should drive down the price, enabling others to consume more. Do we need to complement it with supply-side measures? (Yasuní? sandbag? global cap? what other strategies?)
- Responsibility calculation: 610Gt (global emissions 1990 to 2010) + 420Gt (remaining budget until 2050 for 350 ppm pathway) = 1030 Gt is the overall budget 1990-2050 (from Baer et al. 2009 - A 350 emergency pathway). The starting point is chosen at the popular baseline year 1990 - when the first IPCC report was published. Divide by population 7 billion (attention: gross simplification!) - 147 tons per person, for the whole period from when climate change was officially recognized as a problem to the date when decarbonization must have been completed. Let's call it 150 tons. That's 2.5 tons per year. For 1990 to 2010 that is 50 tons. If your count gives more, you are aleady in climate debt to the Global South.
Estimate your average emissions for 1990 (or year of birth) to 2010. Subtract from overall 1990-2050 per capita budget. You may already be in carbon debt when you start out. Else you will actually make a positive contribution over your whole lifespan. You may decide to overcompensate so much that you come out climate positive for your whole life, not only starting when you made the pledge.
- Which foundations/agencies could support development, programming and administration financially?
- ask Jörg Haas
- alternatively: implementation partners and lead organizations who dedicate some of their own resources
- German "Klimaschutzinitiative"?
- BrighterPlanet.com has a competitive Project Fund (5.000$), but a US resident needs to present the project and another one with a Tax ID needs to sponsor it.
- Who will become founding partners?
- Which organisational structure and decision-making mechanisms?
- Way of cooperating with other organisations?
- Structural analogies? (Felix fragen)
- How to set new standards in terms of organizational structure?
- Paper computer and systems analysis
- Lester Brown