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T H E G U I D E T O C L I M A T E C H A N G E
elcome to Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guideto Climate Change 2013. As one of the
dening issues not just of our generation,but of recent human history, man-madeclimate change represents a major threat to our way of life.Sitting down to plan the report, we didn’t want to simply
look at the science behind it. There are plenty of excellent
publications, such as The Rough Guide to Climate Change,
that outline the fundamentals.
Furthermore, the scientic consensus that humans contributeto global warming – over 97% agree, since you ask – means
arguing over the science is pointless. We may as well do a
Guide to Tobacco with the subheading, ‘Does it really causecancer?’ The scientic consensus among scientists exploring
each issue is almost identical.
No, we wanted to go a step further and practical action. And
that’s why we’re focusing on investment and divestment.
The all-powerful investment world can and must be used as aforce that benets society and the environment upon which
we all depend. We could be investing in technologies that helpmitigate the worst effects of climate change: from cleantech tobluetech; sustainable transport to responsible agriculture.
Similarly, we should put pressure on investors to ditch their
fossil fuel stocks. Bill McKibben and 350.org’s fossil fueldivestment campaign is at the centre of this current wave of
pressure, which has its roots in universities across the US.Meanwhile Carbon Tracker’s latest ‘Unburnable Carbon’
report makes for harrowing reading as to the scale of the task
at hand. Put simply, we cannot use the vast majority of fossil
fuel reserves if we want to limit global warming to 2C.We are grateful for contributions from Clare Brook and Seb
Beloe at WHEB Asset Management; John David and ChrisBullock at Rathbone Greenbank Investments; and Sam Gillat the Environmental Investment Organisation. This is ontop of articles by Daisy Moore at EIRIS and Gyorgy Dallos at Greenpeace International.
Nick Slawicz’s opening piece on page six outlines the problem
succinctly, while Ben Willers’ infographic on page 24 looks
at the current and future consequences of climate change.We also look at the comparisons that can be drawn between
the apartheid and fossil fuel divestment campaigns, as well
as slavery apologists and climate sceptics. And look out fora brilliant mock movie poster from our favourite cartoonist Polyp.
Ultimately, we don’t want this to be a guide simply on how
to divest from fossil fuels. We want to present you with
replacement stocks – and long-term, sustainable ones at that. As McKibben said in 350.org’s Do the Math documentary lm, “If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to prot
from that wreckage.” There are countless ways you can help
heal the climate, and prot from that healing process. You’d have to question the morality, ethics and nancial nous
of the investor who chooses to wreck our climate instead.
EDITOR, BLUE & GREEN TOMORROW
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