Stop Climate Change: It is Possible! - 16 WWF Climate Actions With Governments, Businesses and Individuals From around the World Plus a bonus action! WWF, 2007-05
In this briefing WWF wants to showcase a number of concrete initiatives from around the world that show that politicians, businesses and ordinary people are already taking real actions to save the climate. This short briefing note of inspiring actions stands in sharp contrast to the doom and gloom that dominate reporting of the climate challenge.
The third working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meets in Bangkok to summarize the best available science on how to stop climate change. Specifically, discussions center on the costs of climate action, the wide policies and measures available, and the speed with which climate action will be able to deliver the deep emissions cuts required to keep the climate safe. Much of the discussion in IPCC working group 3 is about cost. Of course it will cost money to change the global energy system to clean sources; it needs considerable effort from governments, businesses, and individuals, to put these changes into place over the next two decades. But this venture is full of opportunities and of thrilling, positive, constructive endeavour. And it is affordable.
The cost of doing nothing, however, will be staggering. All types of infrastructure will be affected and will have to be re-built: making roads and railways secure from flooding and storms, moving settlements away from rivers and coasts that threaten floods, securing buildings, electricity lines, and factories from storms. Adaptation will not be a gradual getting used to things but a struggle for survival - in industrialized countries as much as in less developed nations.
Nicholas Stern showed that the cost of inaction on climate change could be as high as 5 - 20% of global consumption. The cost of action against climate change, however, is expected to only constrain GDP growth by a fraction of that figure, making it the cost-effective option.
There is today ample information out there to tell decision-makers what to do. In this document, WWF has compiled a short list of policy initiatives, business efforts, and actions by individuals which WWF has helped to bring to life and which illustrate the growing movement of actions and activists who want to help turn the tide.
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