Contraction & Convergence: The Global Solution to Climate Change

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Green Books for the Schumacher Society, 2000 - Nature - 92 pages
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This Briefing explains the origins of the climate crisis and describes some of the dangerous trends created by global warming. It describes the global policy framework of 'Contraction & Convergence' (C&C) and how this was created and introduced to the United Nations in the 1990s by the Global Commons Institute (GCI) to avert these trends. Based on the thesis of 'Equity & Survival', C&C seeks to ensure future prosperity and choice by applying the global rationale of precaution, equity and efficiency in that order. GCI has campaigned for C&C since that time and it has become the most widely cited and arguably the most widely supported framework proposal in the global debate on what to do about climate change. Winning approval and awards, it is now regarded by many as the only basis on which achieving the objective of the UN Climate Treaty is possible: - see

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Aubrey Meyer grew up in South Africa and studied music at the University of Cape Town during the 1960s. After a brief period at the Royal College of Music in London, he played in the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and then the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was while searching for a subject for a musical that stories of the death of the Brazilian social activist Chico Mendez led him to join the UK Green Party in 1989 and then to co-found the Global Commons Institute (GCI) in London in 1990.

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