It is sunny today in Paris and the hallways are buzzing with optimism. A draft text has been passed from the negotiators to the ministers and the text still includes many of the key aspects necessary for a meaningful agreement. Many challenges remain however, and ministers are working on issues such as loss and damage and the ongoing debate over the relationship between developed and developing countries, and the emissions gap between what countries have committed to and what is necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. Read more
In this Issue #20
- SSG digest from the frontline
- An energy transformation
- Carbon pricing everywhere
- Divestment of risky assets
- Ratcheting up the ambition
- Coming to a city near you
- Two degrees too many
- To be legal or not to be?
SSG digest from the frontline
On Monday, 150 heads of states established an ambitious and hopeful tone for the negotiations. For a sense of the venue and the mood check out this short video from the UNFCCC.
The negotiations are heating up after little progress by diplomats so far. You can feel the energy levels increasing and the talk becoming more urgent and impassioned at the bargaining table: “We are not making anywhere near the progress we need to be making at this point”, said US official Daniel Reifsnyder, one of the two co-chairmen of the negotiations. Read more
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A two year research project launched in 2012 to explore challenges in creating sustainable communities is complete. Undertaken by Royal Roads University’s Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development and SSG, The Solutions Agenda explores eight key issues impacting Canadian communities: food security, multi-functional spaces, energy security, the cooperative movement, rural revitalization, mental health, the future of work, and waste. The project engaged the research team and dozens of leading innovators in virtual e-Dialogues. All participants convened in early 2015 in a peer-to-peer learning exchange to draft the Agenda. Read more