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Category — Eco-Villages

Pakistan’s rural poor on path to post-carbon prosperity

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(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Photo: Caroline Suzman / World Bank

 

by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed 

Although governments around the world ostensibly agree that our carbon targets must aim to keep the global temperature increase below a 2ºC limit, it is now clear that we are failing dramatically to stick to our commitments. The latest report from the Global Carbon Project contends that the current rate of increase in carbon dioxide emissions (3.1 percent annually) puts us on track for a 4–6ºC rise by the end of the century — the worst case scenario set out by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007.

This report follows a spate of others also warning that industrial civilisation is on the edge of triggering climate catastrophe. One study, for example, concluded: “Even doubling our current rate of decarbonisation would still lead to emissions consistent with 6 degrees [C] of warming by the end of the century”— suggesting that current emissions levels could lead to even higher global temperatures.

Some corporate and government leaders insist that humanity must simply adapt to the new conditions generated by global warming. Earlier this year, for instance, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson argued that the “consequences are manageable… We have spent our entire existence adapting, OK? So we will adapt to this. It’s an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions”.

But to the contrary, a World Bank report finds that a 4ºC temperature rise will mean that the human species will cross “ critical social system thresholds”, at which point “existing institutions that would have supported adaptation actions would likely become much less effective or even collapse”.

Indeed, new evidence increasingly suggests that conventional climate models, far from being too alarmist, are hopelessly out of touch with the complexity of the Earth’s interconnected ecosystems. Contrary to model predictions, by 2015-16 the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer. The story is similar in Greenland and Antarctica: a comprehensive NASA study concludes that there has been a “50-percent increase in Antarctic ice loss during the last decade”. Overall, the ice sheets are melting at a pace faster than scientists expected. A separate study also found that sea level rise is accelerating 60 percent faster than the IPCC’s model projections. [Read more →]

January 25, 2013   No Comments

The Global Ecovillage Network

The Global Eco-village Network is a network of sustainable communities.

It offers valuable knowledge and experience from the most successful sustainable communities around the world. In this video, founder Kosha Joubert talks about the GEN, her experience in this movement, how an Ecovillage helps to change a whole region, and the rising interest from mainstream media.

Some examples of famous ecovillages that form part of the network are Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, Auroville in India and The Farm in the U.S.

All off them are living laboratories for off-grid living, energy technologies, low-carbon-footprint building methods, new economics, alternative currencies and much more.

December 31, 2012   No Comments