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Copenhagen must deliver emission cuts at or beyond current proposals

Copenhagen, 9 December 2009 Independent analyses of current mitigation proposals on the table in Copenhagen by Nicholas Stern, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Ecofys, Climate Analytics, the Sustainability Institute (C-ROADS), the European Climate Foundation and ClimateWorks (Project Catalyst) all point to the same conclusion: the negotiations must deliver the high-end of current proposals, and stretch beyond them, if the world is to have a reasonable chance of containing warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, or the 1.5°C goal of many developing nations.

There is a narrow window of opportunity to have the possibility of achieving the global political and scientific consensus of avoiding a global warming of more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels or the 1.5°C goal of 100 developing nations. The concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is increasing everyday and, without significant reductions in emissions, will soon reach levels at which the consequent changes in the Earth’s climate will have very serious, and potentially disastrous and irreversible, impacts.

Full press release here.

This statement is supported by and may be attributed to:

– Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

– Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

– Bill Hare, Director, Climate Analytics

– Niklas Hahne, Director Energy and Climate Policy, Ecofys

– Bas de Leeuw, Executive Director, Sustainability Institute, C-ROADS

– Andreas Merkl, Director of Global Initiatives at ClimateWorks and Project Catalyst leader

– Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the European Climate Foundation

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Sustainability Institute calls for tapping systems thinking potential in UN process

Copenhagen, Denmark, December 8, 2009. Bas de Leeuw, Executive Director of the Dana Meadows Sustainability Institute in the USA pointed to the untapped potential of systems thinking for better achieving the sustainable consumption and production agenda. Individuals need to be empowered to “be the change in the world they want to see”, he said. Bas spoke at an event organized by the Climate Sustainability Platform, an open forum for climate negotiators, sustainability influencers and people from developed and developing countries across the world, moderated by the Sri Lanka based Centre for Environment and Development (CED), organised back to back with the Copenhagen Climate Change talks.

Jeffry Barber, a long time sustainability campaigner from the USA, said that it is the movement of people and their initiatives around the world that will lead the way. Uchita de Zoysa, CED, said it is not ‘development’ that people around the world are asking for, rather ‘happiness for future generations.” The Platform plans to be an active contributor to the upcoming two-years of UN negotiations on an international ten-year framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with the first events scheduled for May 2010, New York.

Find the full article here.