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CURRENT BC CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOSAL SHOWS LACK OF VISION, AND DISREGARD FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Monday, 15 February 2016 11:56
LINK TO BC PLAN and "engage"
 
 
 
Submission to BC government  climate PLAN

BY JOAN RUSSOW PHD

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forest fire in British Columbia

 

In the 2014 IPCC Report, the urgency of addressing climate change was reaffirmed;

 

The world is not ready for the impacts of climate change, including more extreme weather and the likelihood that populated parts of the planet could be rendered uninhabitable. The report argues that world leaders have only a few years left to reduce carbon emissions enough to avoid catastrophic warming, which would produce significant sea level rise and large-scale shifts in temperatures that would dramatically disrupt human life and natural ecosystems.

 

At COP21 Ban Ki-Moon urged States to negotiate with a global vision not from specific national interests”.

 

A global vision is not just ‘recalling”(Paris Agreement) but abiding by articles 2, 3. 4 in the legally binding 1992 United |Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This Convention which has been ratified by all member states of the United.

 

The 1992 UNFCCC  was a global vision.  For the complete document see 

http://unfccc.int/files/essential_background/background_publications_htmlpdf/application/pdf/conveng.pdf

 

What COP21 should have been was a new global vision with legally binding actions to finally implement the legally binding commitments and and adhere to the principles.  In the UNFCCC In article 2 under the legally binding UNFCCC is the obligation :

….stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system

In COP21, there is the following; 

2(a)  Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;

BUT AT a .8 DEGREE RISE IN TEMPERATURE THERE IS ALREADY DE-STABILIZATION OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONCENTRATIONS IN THE ATMOSPHERE AT A LEVEL THAT WOULD PREVENT DANGEROUS ANTHROPOGENIC INTERFERENCE WITH THE CLIMATE SYSTEM.

 

A global vision  would be to address article 2 would be at a minimum to immediately end all subsidies for fossil fuel, to calculate the carbon budget for each state, to divest in fossil fuels and to reinvest in renewable energy, to conserve sinks -such as old growth forests and bogs (not  just as a means to offset emissions), to avoid all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC, to compensate for historical  emissions, and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision.

 

THE “CONTRIBUTION” MUST BE A COMMITMENT:

Real commitment would be time lines and targets in line with existing and emerging science such as 15% below 1990 by 2016, 20% below 1990 by 2017, 30% below 1990 levels by 2018, 50% below 1990 levels by 2020, 65 % below 1990 levels by 2025, 75% below1990 levels by 2040 and 100% below 1990 emissions by 2050,  Decarbonization with 100% ecologically sound renewable energy,

 

CURRENT BC PROPOSAL SHOWS LACK OF VISION, AND DISREGARD FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATION

- End old technology that impacts on food security and First Nations Rights (Site C- AND LNG)

-Investment should be spent on geothermal, solar and wind

Sincerely,

Joan Russow
Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 18:29
 

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