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Addressing the Climate Threat Sofia Workshop Pres 1

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Addressing the Climate Threat Sofia Workshop Pres 1

  1. 1. The Climate Threat and Co-operative Social Responsibility Bob Burlton Principal, ACT – Addressing the Climate Threat Chair, Co-operative Financial Services. UK www.bobburlton.coop ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  2. 2. Climate Threat not Climate Change Why ? ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  3. 3. Key outcomes from March 2009 International Scientific Conference • Climatic Trends Recent observations confirm that the worst- case IPCC forecasts are being realised….There is a significant risk that many of the trends will accelerate, leading to an increasing risk of abrupt or irreversible climatic shift. ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  4. 4. Key outcomes from March 2009 International Scientific Conference 2. Social disruption Recent observations show that societies are highly vulnerable to even modest levels of climate change, with poor nations and communities particularly at risk. ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  5. 5. Why? ------- because !!!!
  6. 6. Key outcomes from March 2009 International Scientific Conference 3. Long-term strategy Rapid, sustained and effective mitigation based on co-ordinated global and regional action is required to avoid “dangerous climate change”…. Delay in initiating effective mitigation increases significantly the long-term social and economic costs ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  7. 7. Key outcomes from March 2009 International Scientific Conference 4. Equity Climate change is having, and will have, strongly differential effects on people within and between countries and regions, and on this generation and future generations. ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  8. 8. Key outcomes from March 2009 International Scientific Conference 5. Inaction is inexcusable There is no excuse for inaction! We already have many tools and approaches… to deal effectively with the climate change challenge, but they must be vigorously and widely implemented. ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  9. 9. Key outcomes from March 2009 International Scientific Conference 6. Meeting the challenge To meet the societal transformation required… we must overcome a number of constraints and seize critical opportunities…These include.. Building on a growing public desire for governments to act on climate change, reducing the influence of vested interests that increase emissions.. and engaging society in the transition to norms and practices that foster sustainability. ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
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  14. 14. Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from? 80% of all emissions are related to energy (production and consumption)
  15. 15. Which countries emit most greenhouse gases in Europe ?
  16. 16. 2006 emissions in four EU-15 were already below Kyoto targets Kyoto target Kyoto target Kyoto target, even if if carbon sinks and carbon sinks and carbon credits carbon credits are included are included
  17. 17. Sustainable living Living which meets the needs of the present without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs Fair ? ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  18. 18. WhatThe crises we face we in ? (economic) climate are Economic ! Climatic !
  19. 19. The crises (economic)– have are we in ? roots What we face climate common Living beyond our resources – Greed, short-termism and a lack of social responsibility Economic ! Climatic !
  20. 20. Meet Flynn ------ 12 april 08
  21. 21. So, what about the co-operative values of equity and social responsibility ? Are they just words, or are they values that we do live by? ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  22. 22. 3 things coops can do Measure & reduce own CO2 Inform & motivate our members Lobby and campaign
  23. 23. Emissions reductions costs (£/tCO2) ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
  24. 24. Thank you Please note:- It is not only giving and cost from our co-operatives There are benefits and opportunities As my colleague, Richard will explain Act ! - Addressing the climate threat
  25. 25. Reminder of 6 principle th 6th Principle:- Co-operation among co-operatives Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures ACT- Addressing the Climate Threat
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