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Report from Copenhagen (01.29.10)

Presentation to Landscape, Ecological, and Anthropogenic Processes (LEAP) (University of Illinois at Chicago, 01.29.10)
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Michael Iversen

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Transcript of Report from Copenhagen (01.29.10)

The road to Copenhagen ...
... starts in Oak Park
Michael Iversen
OPAL Exhibit, 12.09.09
Copenhagen
December 7 - 18, 2009
the question
Through his comparative method research of past societies, Diamond devised a five-point framework of possible contributing factors towards a society’s collapse;

environmental damage
climate change
hostile neighbors
friendly trade partners
society’s responsiveness to environmental problems.

Of these five factors, only a society’s responsiveness to environmental problems consistently proved important.
Why then, despite science-based evidence indicating that climate change is likely to lead to some impacts that are abrupt or irreversible, has there been no authentic policy implemented by the federal government, nor strong support from the general public, towards mitigating the known risks to acceptable levels?
“What is then evident is that all debate about ecoscarcity, natural limits, overpopulation, and sustainability is a debate about the preservation of a particular social order rather than a debate about the preservation of nature per se.”
National Geographic (December, 2009)
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 2009
Report from Copenhagen
Michael Iversen, LEAP cohort 2
LEAP Meeting (01.29.10)
pre-conference
during conference
post-conference
GHG emission reduction plans
measurable, reportable, verifiable
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD)
financing for developing nations
(November 22, 2009) U.S. President Barack Obama and fellow Pacific Rim government leaders including China, announced that the world will have to wait at least until next year for a legally binding treaty to curb global warming, thus greatly lowering expectations for UNFCCC climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December. (Chicago Tribune)
“The conference of the parties of the Copenhagen Accord,”
take note
“What is then evident is that all debate about ecoscarcity, natural limits, overpopulation, and sustainability is a debate about the preservation of a particular social order rather than a debate about the preservation of nature per se.”
NSF-IGERT LEAP Program

Institute for Environmental Science and Policy

Joyce Foundation

Department of Urban Planning and Policy
thank you
pre-conference
COP 15 Conference (Dec. 6-18)
post-conference
But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. It means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies. And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.

I know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. But here's the thing -- even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy-efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future -- because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation.
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