Climate Change & Life On Earth!

Following our House of Commons meeting on “Running Out Of Time: Climate Change,” we are holding a follow up House Meeting to discuss this further.

Stephen Ridley will facilitate this event. Steve has been working on a sustainable solution based on the values of collaboration, constructiveness and benevolence, known as The One Project.

Many people have argued that in terms of the carbon cycle and its impact on climate change then we are fast reaching the “tipping point” when climate change may get so out of control that it will endanger our existence as a species. Breaking the carbon cycle would make the eco-system unpredictable and uncontrollable. Those who take this view have argued that this is estimated to be within 15-20 years.

This session discusses the causes, and what needs to be done about it, including  sustainable technology solutions and shared values.

Steve is a Chartered Certified Accountant, has an MBA in technology management and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

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  • Steve R.

    Regarding the 99.6% correlation between GDP and CO2, these are the two sources of data for the statistic:
    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2010/tables/10s1313.xls

    http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/#mlo_full

    January 29, 2014

    • Steve R.

      Mosquito nets apparently cost about £4, which they can't afford. This is an example of a part of what I think we should consider in the solutions, by being holistic and linking social economics with ecology.

      January 30, 2014

    • Graeme L.

      PS: I used the example of DDT because Rachel Carson herself acknowledged that her analysis wasn't robust and there might well have been no causal relationship between use of DDT and thinning of bird's eggs.

      January 30, 2014

  • Ed

    Possibly a little one-sided. Mr. Ridley is clearly very knowledgeable, and possessed of strong views that may be correct. But are at least subject to examination. Clarification of the logic trail leading to them might be beneficial such that his audience is taken willingly rather than forced along his belief-path. And even allowed to step away from it. A fellow guest with whom I walked to the tube pointed out that statistical correlation can occur without causality and that might be a good point to consider in another debate. Anyhow, I attend these meetings to listen to views that both support, and on the other side challenge my own ideas - I was more challenged here - and came away with food for thought. That is no bad thing.

    2 · January 29, 2014

    • Randolph

      While agreeing with Steve on most points, I agree with Ed here regarding clarification on logic. I have seen research regarding the correlation of GDP and CO2 emissions before and while for the whole world there is a correlation (see: ­http://www.noaanews.n...­), it also varies heavily between countries. I.e. it depends on their energy mix and what exactly they produce. Apologies for the multiple posts, the meetup app on my phone isn't great for posting links!

      1 · January 29, 2014

    • Steve R.

      Ed / Randolph, point taken. Correlation analysis shows predictability not causality. The cause is (global) incineration and deforestation. The driver is consumption, which requires production, and production requires energy. These can be measured through GDP, which requires controlled money supply. The loop back indicates that these systems are tightly integrated. The system is breaking (or broken), because 1) reliance on fossil and toxic fuels, 2) destruction of the eco-system, 3) financial debt and poverty (international and local), and 4) conflict over scarce resources. It would be irrational (of us) to suggest that we do nothing based on the increasing pace of change and the threat of the carbon-cycle breaking. My personal condition for continuing the theme with this group would be that we make a practical and moral contribution to the way forward. Best, Steve

      January 29, 2014

  • Senake A.

    Climate Change Group next meeting topic suggestions: (1) Alignment (2) technology solutions to reducing the cost of renewable energy to less than that of fossil fuels.

    January 28, 2014

    • Randolph

      Agreed. Although number 2 is fairly easy in principle - transfer all fossil fuel subsidies to renewables!

      1 · January 29, 2014

  • Marilyn M

    Apologies! I got stuck at the office. I hope it was a good session!

    January 28, 2014

  • Senake A.

    It was good to hear lots of different viewpoints.

    January 28, 2014

  • Andria

    it ia at 39 GREAT RUSSELL STREET BUT YOU HAVE TO GO DOWN WILLOUBHY STREET TO GET TO IT. VERY Near British Museum

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Andria

      Just got details again off Francis. Good luck. I'M IN PARLIAMENT AGAIN DISCUSSING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE. .

      January 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, I would have attended if the address had been made available earlier. I had to opt for the Divestment meeting in Islington

      January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I have not yet received any details of where the meeting is going to be held

    January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm now having to work late :( and will miss this, sorry

    January 28, 2014

  • Lily

    Hi, I'm not going to have access to my email for the rest of the day now. Will you post the address on this page or in the comments section please. I don;t want to miss this! Many thanks :)

    January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    my email was down yesterday, so if the address was sent out via email can you please send it to me again? Thanks

    January 27, 2014

  • Steve R.

    The irrefutable evidence for this will be presented at the meeting......
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfinOCgRQ0

    January 27, 2014

  • Fiona W.

    I hope I won't be late, but I'm going at 17.15 to a lecture at Senate House. Pity the BM will be shut by 17.30 or I could have sprinted through their galleries to get to Great Russell Street!

    January 27, 2014

  • Andria

    I had assumed this was also going to be at "Westminster Palace" as the one last week was, about Climate Change
    But we don't know where it is yet? Heeeelp!

    January 27, 2014

  • Peter F.

    Sorry but circumstances mean that I cannot make this meeting after all. Apologies.

    January 26, 2014

    • Peter F.

      So my tickets have been returned to become available for anyone on the waiting list.

      January 26, 2014

  • Steve R.

    January 26, 2014

    • Nick D.

      Yes, and that is before you take into account people from other worlds :). 350 PPM launched 350.org's movie; "Do The Math" (s) in the Uk, which is worth a watch. They are anti-fracking and a little radical though; however, in their defense they stay on message and don't get distracted by all the other ills of the world.

      January 26, 2014

  • Steve R.

    Angus, thank you for the alert. Maybe one of things we can discuss at the meeting is how to connect with other groups doing similar?

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also, I think there's a fair chance that Grantham at Imperial would consider accommodating a larger audience

      January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The time does clash with the 'Fighting Climate Change by Divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies' event in London

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Lien

    Love to attend!

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Steve R.

    Climate Change and The Earth Charter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkLMXsPc5Jw

    December 31, 2013

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