What’s the most effective thing we can do to combat climate change? And by we I mean us. Just ordinary average people. Should we be changing how we live, or joining one of the many climate change campaign groups out there, or is there nothing much we can do about it so we should just push it to the back of our minds and hope that someone comes up with some sort of solution?
Climate scientist James Hansen, ex-head of NASA GISS whose testimony to the US Congress announced to the world that the world was warming as a result of our emissions of greenhouse gases, has said:
“If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of [the Citizens’ Climate Lobby].”
We will explore exactly what it is that the Citizens' Climate Lobby campaigns for and how they do it. They have quite a distinctive methodology.
We will discuss how continual downward pressure can be applied to emissions across the whole economy with CCL's fee & dividend carbon pricing policy. It gradually prices fossil fuels out of all markets, providing a strong signal for investment in low carbon alternatives. All revenue from this fee (or tax) would returned to the public.
At 8pm we will transfer to the cafe and discuss things more informally, and those who want to will be able to order food.
This is a joint meetup with the London Environmental and Climate Change Meet Up so if you've already RSVPed on that group's page there's no need to do so again here.