Jackson Hole Teton County Library Pdf Version


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This was a presentation to a group of residents in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September 2010. The 2 hour session discussed climate change in broad brushstrokes, while also concentrating on what individuals can do to advance a progressive climate change agenda

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  1. 1. The Human Face of Climate Change Exploring the impact of climate change on humans and societies Teton County Library Jackson Hole, Wyoming 17 September 2010 Edward Cameron edwardcameron@yahoo.com
  2. 2. How does climate change interact with human and social systems? Why is this instrumentally as well as intrinsically important? What can we do to shape effective and equitable responses to this global crisis?
  3. 3. Climate Change: The basics Unequivocal means that climate change is real and undeniable Accelerating means that the effect is getting worse “Very Likely” Anthropogenic means a probability of more than 90% that it is human induced and not the result of natural causes
  4. 4. Climate Change: The impacts Global mean temperature rises Risks to unique and threatened systems Risks of extreme weather events Changes in water patterns Sea-level rises Risks of large-scale singularities
  5. 5. Vulnerability to climate change Vulnerability is a function of the character, magnitude, and rate of climate change and variation in which a system is EXPOSED, its SENSITIVITY, and its ADAPTIVE CAPACITY (IPCC 2007a, p21)
  6. 6. Who are vulnerable? ๏ Women ๏ Indigenous Peoples ๏ The urban poor ๏ Inhabitants of small island states ๏ Vulnerability is not a uniform taxonomy
  7. 7. Poverty, hunger and increased water scarcity ๏ Temperature rises beyond 2°C could leave an additional 600 million facing acute malnutrition by the 2080s, and as many as 4 billion people experiencing growing water shortages.
  8. 8. Loss of livelihoods ๏ Livelihood sources of the poor are usually narrow and climate- sensitive. In periods of stress they draw down on a variety of assets and resources leaving them further exposed to the next risk.
  9. 9. Health and fatalities ๏ Vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever are expected to increase. Today, approximately 40% of the world’s population is at risk from malaria. This is projected to rise to 80% by 2080.
  10. 10. Involuntary displacement and migration ๏ By 2050, between 200 and 300 million people may be permanently displaced due to climate change
  11. 11. Damage to infrastructure and utilities ๏ Slow and rapid climate impacts destroys assets and infrastructure ๏ Public utilities can be severely undermined with impacts on long- term development
  12. 12. Opportunity cost of climate change responses ๏ Valuable assets are diverted from development to combat climate change impacts ๏ Climate change mitigation may alter the way we look at livelihood diversification and access to affordable energy
  13. 13. Social justice, violent conflict and state fragility ๏ Climate change acts as a “threat multiplier” that heightens the conditions for internal conflict, sows the seeds of instability in already volatile regions, and increases the likelihood of failed states.
  14. 14. Failed promises and missed opportunities We are at a crossroads The destination seems impossibly distant
  15. 15. Inform Persuade Mobilize Incentivize Overcome the denial
  16. 16. “The great tragedy of sustainable development is that we have not invented a politics to go with the concept”. James MacNeill, former Secretary General of the Brundtland Commission Teton County Library The Human Face of Climate Change Jackson Hole, Wyoming Exploring the impact of climate change on humans and societies 17 September 2010
  17. 17. What does a human focus offer? Discourse Diagnosis Design of process, institutions, policies and instruments Evaluation and assessment Substantive outcomes
  18. 18. What can we do as a community? Lead (1) - Get the politics right: International Domestic Corporate Municipal and local Household
  19. 19. Climate change building blocks Lead (2) - The building blocks: Mitigation Adaptation Technology Finance
  20. 20. What can you do? Lead (3) - The Four Cs: Citizen Consumer Communicator Change Agent
  21. 21. “Right now a moment of time is passing by! We must become that moment.”