THE WORLD IN 2050: CREATING/IMAGINING JUST CLIMATE FUTURES: A NEARLY CARBON-NEUTRAL CONFERENCE 24 October – 13 November 2016
from Resilience.org : Introducing … The Nearly Carbon-Free Academic Conference: The World in 2050 by John Foran
Scholars from University of Calfornia, Santa Barbara, wanted to see if they could reap most of the benefits of an academic conference without the huge carbon footprint associated with air travel. They have launched an interdisciplinary, online conference about climate futures:
…a conference where anyone could give a talk, no one had to fly to, and which anyone could attend and even participate in wide open discussions about the talks.
They thought that asking people to think about what the world would be like in 2050 would get a conversation going, and so they called the conference “The World in 2050: Imagining and Creating Just Climate Futures,” and they invited the whole world to attend for three weeks starting on Monday, October 24 by going to a website at
to see what was going on.
Then they stayed home and waited to see what would happen.
A great article that captures one of my favorite film moments, by Alexa Carrasco at Paste Magazine.
“Wait. We cannot break bread with you. You have taken the land which is rightfully ours.”
And then comes, the monologue. The lines Christina Ricci delivered so bold, so dead-pan we didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or hide our eyes in fear…
“Years from now, my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations; your people will wear cardigans and drink highballs.”
Singapore is putting some efforts into improving sustainability, but that doesn’t mean we’re outpacing the problem.
From Channel News Asia:
Singapore was found to have the seventh-largest ecological footprint [per capita]– a measure of the population’s demands on natural resources – out of more than 150 countries.
Read more: Lion City’s green ranking worsens
And then there was the transboundary haze at the beginning of the week:
Haze rating Monday night – mostly from fires on Sumatra.
So while there are glimmers of hope in the smog, it’s not all sunshine and roses here on the little island of Singapore. There’s plenty of work left to do!
More logging in Leuser – ouch! At least the Gunung Leuser National Park officials seem to have given an appropriate response. Here’s hoping those conservation drones can catch more illegal loggers before they do much damage.
The ConservationDrones Asia Team and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) flew two separate missions over a part of the Gunung Leuser National Park (Indonesia) between two time periods barely a few months apart. In these two drone images you can see clear evidence of illegal logging within the national park. The loggers even left a strip of forest on the river bank to conceal the patch of logged forest from view. These images were given to park officials who subsequently acted to stop the logging activities.
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Union of Concerned Scientists is starting a new campaign to get McDonald’s to “make a firm commitment to use only deforestation-free palm oil.”
“Tell McDonald’s to go deforestation-free!” Act Now »
For more information on the fast food sector and palm oil, read [UCS’s] latest blog on the issue, Palm Oil, Deforestation, and the Fast Food Industry: Would You Like a Side of Forests with That? and our new report, Donuts, Deodorant, Deforestation: Scoring America’s Top Brands on Their Palm Oil Commitments.
August 25, 2014 in climate, disasters, Living Systems, primates
Tagged Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, palm oil, Singapore, Southeast Asia, Union of Concerned Scientists