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A presentation by Christopher John Wardle to the joint PDI/Oxfam workshop on

A presentation by Christopher John Wardle to the joint PDI/Oxfam workshop on
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Balochistan.
Serena Hotel, Quetta, Pakistan
09 October 2008

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  • Aim to learn from you. Will try to make it a little interactive, so expect to be up and down in your seats. Hope to offer some resources that may be of use and will try to stimulate your thinking and hope to discover some heroes here this morning!
  • Show of hands
  • All stand up – sit down those of you who think global warming is a too big a problem for us to tackle individually.
  • Stand up all people - sit down those who have more than five brothers + sisters. Sit down 4, 3, 2 – clap for their parents. Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country.
  • Who likes going to Landa Bazaar? Stand up whoever uses a pre-loved phone? Give them a clap.
  • Stand up anyone here who has a home vegetable patch? Give them a clap. Stand up all NGO members with health, nutrition or livelihood programmes – sit down if they don’t feature kitchen gardens? Give the remainder a clap.
  • Stand up all – sit those who haven’t watched ‘ An Inconvenient Truth ’. Clap those who have.
  • Stand up if you area member of the Wake-up! Campaign to end so-called honour killing – give them a clap.
  • How do you know you’re making a difference in your work? What tools do you use to assess impact in your organisation? What workplace policies make your organisation environmentally-friendly?

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    • Taking personal responsibility for climate change
      A presentation by Christopher John Wardle to the joint PDI/Oxfam workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Balochistan Serena Hotel, Quetta, Pakistan 09 October 2008
    • A quote to open …
      Chairman Mao: “The longest journey begins with one small step.”
    • Presentation outline:
    • Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
    • What can we do as individuals?
    • How can civil society demonstrate leadership?
    • Where are we at?
    • Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
    • What can we do as individuals?
    • How can civil society demonstrate leadership?
    • Who’ll fix it?
    • Pesh Imam?
    • Nazim?
    • Balochistan Provincial Assembly?
    • Government of Pakistan?
    • ASEAN?
    • UN?
    • Al Gore: “Global warming is real, potentially catastrophic, and human caused … … It is quite possible to turn back global warming. All that is needed is political will.”
    • Transformation is …
      Remembering the words of Ghandi-ji … “ Be the change you want to see in the world.”
    • It starts with …
    • Envisioning a world that is better for our children than it is for us;
    • Changing our patterns of behaviour to become role models; and
    • Building our credibility and advocating for change based on what we do, not what we say.
    • Whose environment?
      We keep talking about ‘The Environment’, but:
    • Who’s breathing this air?
    • Who’s drinking this water?
    • Who’s eating this food?
      It’s OUR environment. Improving it, is OUR responsibility!
    • Where are we at?
    • Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
    • What can we do as individuals?
    • How can civil society demonstrate leadership?
    • Act now!
      The problem is massive, but at a personal level, solutions are not huge in scope:
    • Consume less;
    • Re-use;
    • Recycle;
    • Become more aware; and
    • Advocate for change.
    • 1. Consuming less is not about fasting!
      There’s much you can do, e.g.:
    • Refuse plastic bags;
    • Catch the public transport or car-pool;
    • Switch it off – an empty room doesn’t need light;
    • Read your newspapers online;
    • Use rechargeable batteries;
    • “Dua anak cukup” - reduce family size.
    • 2. Re-use means …
      Focusing on impact and results, rather than being driven by ego or economic necessity:
    • Re-use of building materials need not be confined to our Kachi Abbadi’s;
    • Quetta’s Landa Bazaar is a treasure trove for anything and everything;
    • Buy pre-loved phones and computers.
    • 3. Recycling means …
      Finding ways to use what exists – examples from home permaculture:
    • Turn vegetable scraps into productive soil by composting;
    • Save seeds for next season’s planting;
    • Divert grey water to bio-filtration ponds, then use it to irrigate crops. (e.g.: http://www.growingpower.org/)
    • 4. Become more aware …
      Build your understanding of climate change issues by watching the film:
    • ‘ An Inconvenient Truth ’ http://www.climatecrisis.net
    • Or read the transcript at: http://www.hokeg.dyndns.org/AITruth.htm
    • Become more aware …
      Join, read and contribute to email based discussion lists and blogs such as:
        • http://forums.permaculture.org.au/index.php
        • http://www.feralscholar.org/blog/index.php
        • http://lists.sare.org/archives/sanet-mg.html
        • http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/permaculture
    • 5. Advocate for change …
      Find and join like-minded coalitions and campaigns, such as:
    • http://www.avaaz.org
    • http://www.pdi.org.pk/joincampaign.html
    • http://www.takingitglobal.org/
    • http://www.awid.org/
    • http://community.eldis.org/
    • Advocate for change …
      Build like-minded coalitions and campaigns, with social networking technology tools, such as:
      • http://www.facebook.com
      • http://www.linkedin.com/
      • http://www.myspace.com/
    • Where are we at?
    • Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
    • What can we do as individuals?
    • How can civil society demonstrate leadership?
    • Demonstrating NGO leadership …
      • Rights-based approaches;
      • Gender sensitivity;
      • Impact assessment;
      • MDGs as a global framework;
      • Youth inclusiveness;
      • Valuing coalition-building and external relations;
      • Environmentally-friendly workplace policies;
      • Sustainability and empowerment in programme design – c.f. “Culture of Dependence”.
    • Resources that focus on women and rights …
      • Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation http://www.unisdr.org/eng/about_isdr/isdr-publications/17-Gender_Perspectives_Integrating_DRR_CC/Gender_Perspectives_Integrating_DRR_CC_Good%20Practices.pdf
      • Environmental Management and the Mitigation of Natural Disasters: a Gender Perspective http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/env_manage/documents/EGM-Turkey-final-report.pdf
    • Resources that focus on women and rights …
      • Changing the Climate: Why Women's Perspectives Matter http://www.awid.org/eng/content/download/44126/472048/file/Changing%20the%20Climate%20why%20women%27s%20perspectives%20matter%202008.pdf
      • Climate change and human rights http://www.ichrp.org/files/reports/36/136_report.pdf
    • A quote to close …
      Former US Vice President Al Gore: "As more and more people understand what's at stake, they become a part of the solution, and share both in the challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crisis”.
    • Heroes convert challenge to opportunity …
      The innovation of Ma Yanjun, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi province, converting 66 empty beer bottles into a solar water heater.
      • http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2360667.html
      • Will you step up and be a hero for climate change?
    • This has been a presentation entitled:
      Taking personal responsibility for climate change
      For more information, please contact: Christopher John Wardle Email: [email_address] Skype: cjwardle Mobile: 0333 784 1679