With increasing numbers of local councils declaring climate emergencies, perhaps it is time for a Climate Emergency Handbook. Here is a very rough draft of a Preface for such.
[UPDATE: climate-emergency-handbook.org has been set up as a platform to develop a handbook.]
We have for many years had a power point Introduction to CSEM-BMP.
Here is the latest version.
We are pleased to release our handbooks for Private Study.
Please note that at this time they may only be used for private study. Any other use will still require our written permission.
However we do plan to release updated versions of the handbooks under a Creative Commons licence.
2008-09 Participant Handbook
Also note that some handbooks have not been updated recently and some of the material is out of date.
From ‘Sustainability Essays’ – for our Masters participants: our Advocacy re: Climate-Change – Random Suggestions – How have these stood up?
Some random ideas on things to do about Climate Change:
- Establish regarding the Government’s Head of Atmosphere (can’t remember his exact title) how much he has wanted to spend on educating our citizenry (£20-£30 m) and for how long he has had no joy from his masters – and how his masters think about this.
- Assemble a digest of all the UNFCCC’s IPCC-based scenarios & the Government Chief Scientist, Professor Sir David King’s communications on this matter since the beginning of 2004 – and convey them to all MPs, Members of the House of Lords and elected local government Councillors, asking what if anything they are planning individually to do. In regard to the 635 or so MPs, start with a telephone survey to establish their knowledge – and current personal attitudes. Then publish it – and follow-up every quarter until something happens.
- Locate and do a similar survey of the top 100 advisers to the government on a) CC & GW and b) departmental Environmental Management/SD. Could be fascinating!
- Locate and do a similar survey of the HSE directors of a) the largest 100 companies and b) Local Government – and their sense of ‘Responsibility’ (sic) to lead on the basis of their superior knowledge!
- Assemble a consortium (coalition of the willing!) of all willing leading investigative journalists and Programs to find out why the UK government has not been communicating and leading – perhaps there is a carpet to lift… Perhaps we are all in denial…
- Very carefully investigate the dimensions and the particulars of the lobbying effort with regard to the government to not take it seriously or ‘scare the horses’ (focusing on the lobby firms, their paymasters, et al)…
- Investigate any relevant hold the US has over our government. Is it our politicians’ desire once in the hot-seat to stay close to mother or father? Or is it that we will be subject to sanctions if we don’t, e.g loss of access to intelligence, control over ‘our’ weapons sourced from across the Atlantic (if so which etc), loss of financial support in the next financial crisis, or anything else…
- Survey all members of the IEMA (the Institute of EM and Asessment) and ask them how much they could reduce GW emissions (in tonnes) if they had non-interest bearing returnable loans from the government to run projects that would be self funding (say) in 3 months (in the first year), 6 months in Year 2, one year in Year 3……
- It would probably be sensible to ask the question of the IPCC and the UNFCCC. There may be someone at home in either organisation of whom one can ask their thoughts about what is ideally needed to raise awareness and public pressure for action. These are the ‘official’ international bodies and they ought to have worked on this – and possibly been well-funded to do so.
- There are widely different ideas ‘out there’ about what will happen on present or likely policies – and by when. The IPCC work is really not well known in the UK and is probably the best – but from what I have seen still doesn’t really communicate. It is more a musing between experts and avoids nasty things like probable death counts. If alongside the CO2 curves, temperature curves, we had probable death curves – this might begin to do the trick.
- We need to have properly thought out ‘soft landing’ requirements – what by when to achieve what by when.
Based on emails dated 20/08/2004 21:54 and 1/08/2004 11:11.
Something that has been suggested by Finance Directors attending our Environmental Accounting seminars over the years is that the Companies Acts need to be brought up to date in what they require of company directors. The suggestion has been made several times that the requirement to maximise shareholder value, which may have been appropriate in the nineteenth century – is now inappropriate as it stands. Points such as these have been made: Continue reading
Increasingly we recognise environmental (and social) limits. With this change comes opportunity. Companies can best meet this with an integrated approach.
[ The CSEM-BMP Sustainability Leadership Programme includes an Integration module. The following essay is based on insights gained from running that module. ] Continue reading
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