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Holyrood 350 — Much earlier Events

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Linlithgow H350 Apple Picking on 101010
Lin­lith­gow ‘350’ Apple Pick­ing on ’10.10.10’

Unplug­ging and Recon­nect­ing on Sun­day 10.10.10

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Com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land involved in Holy­rood 350 took part in an ‘Unplug and Recon­nect’ 10.10.10 day (10 Octo­ber) as part of the Glob­al 350 move­ment.

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350 is the num­ber that lead­ing sci­ent­ists say is the safe upper lim­it for car­bon diox­ide—meas­ured in “Parts Per Mil­lion” in our atmo­sphere. 350 PPM—it’s the num­ber human­ity needs to get back to as soon as pos­sible to avoid run­away cli­mate change. It’s the 7:84 of the 21stC.

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The 350 Move­ment says: “On 10.10.10, we will cel­eb­rate cli­mate solu­tions and send our politi­cians a clear mes­sage: “We’re get­ting to work—what about you?” So, work­ing with the numer­o­logy we decid­ed to try and motiv­ate 10 peo­ple in 10 com­munit­ies to spend 10 hours unplug­ging and recon­nect­ing.

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Peo­ple to come up with their own actions,or inac­tions: UNPLUGGING from car­bon con­sum­ing: from screens like this (mobiles, lap­tops, TVs, DVDs), from cars, from all those activ­it­ies that appear to con­nect us with dis­tant oth­ers but often cut us off from peo­ple in the same house and neigh­bour­hood; and RECONNECTING with mem­bers of our house­hold and com­munity, whether through shared meals, shar­ing a poem, plant­ing and tend­ing edi­ble plants on pub­lic land, walk­ing and talk­ing, mak­ing sand sculp­tures on the beach or big chalk draw­ings on the pave­ment of how we hope our com­munit­ies will be in 2020.

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The full details of the (non) plans are on the H350 web­site here, and infor­ma­tion on the 350.org webiste is here, a web­site inspir­ingly run by Bill McK­ibben and col­leagues in Amer­i­ca!

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So on Sun­day many of us Unplugged and Recon­nect­ed: it was extra­or­di­nary to not be work­ing on a screen like this, but actu­al­ly hav­ing time with fam­i­ly and walk­ing the beach, see­ing friends, not work­ing flat out against the cli­mate change dead­line. Some of us are won­der­ing whether we should make this ‘down­time’ one Sun­day a month? Call us new­com­ers to being old fash­ioned, but isn’t this what Sun­days used to be for?!

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Para­chut­ing off the Ener­gy Cliff: Secur­ing Holy­rood Sup­port for Com­mu­ni­ty Resilience — June 5th 2010

On Sat­ur­day June 5th 2010 at the Ren­field Cen­tre, Glas­gow, we held this ‘inter­nal’ H350 event focus­ing on the ener­gy cliff, eco­nom­ic liveli­hoods, and how to enable MSPs to build on the suc­cess of the Cli­mate Chal­lenge Fund and Scotland’s excel­lent cli­mate change tar­gets, in the con­text of Glob­al fail­ure at Copen­hagen, the eco­nom­ic crash (our expe­ri­ence of the ener­gy cri­sis), and the chang­ing polit­i­cal land­scape in Scot­land and the UK.

Kick­ing off with pre­sen­ta­tions on ener­gy (Andy Ross), liveli­hoods (Justin Ken­rick) and pol­i­tics (Mike Small) we col­lec­tive­ly, real­is­ti­cal­ly and imag­i­na­tive­ly sought to arrive at a clear pic­ture of how com­mu­ni­ties and their politi­cians can work togeth­er to effec­tive­ly and strate­gi­cal­ly build on what cli­mate active com­mu­ni­ties have been work­ing so hard to achieve, and to ensure that the kinds of com­mu­ni­ties CCF Mark 1 has had less suc­cess in reach­ing can be sup­port­ed in mov­ing towards resilience. An out­line of the struc­ture of the event can be found here. We aim to have a ‘Pub­lic’ meet­ing back in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in the Autumn to take this back to the politi­cians in the build up to the May 2011 elec­tion.

Scotland’s Civ­il Soci­ety Sum­mit — 18th Feb­ru­ary 2010

The Holy­rood 350 analy­sis and pro­pos­als were pre­sent­ed by Justin Ken­rick — along­side Chris Martensen’s analy­sis of the loom­ing ener­gy and eco­nom­ic crash — as part of Scotland’s Civ­il Soci­ety Sum­mit on Thurs­day 18th Feb­ru­ary in the Edin­burgh Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Foun­da­tion for the Eco­nom­ics of Sus­tain­abil­i­ty — 25th Feb­ru­ary 2010

Our analy­sis and pro­pos­als were also pre­sent­ed by Andy Ross on Thurs­day 25th Feb­ru­ary as part of the evening that kicked off the FEASTA (Foun­da­tion for the Eco­nom­ics of Sus­tain­abil­i­ty) con­fer­ence in For­res. Andy also reports that a ver­sion of one of the 4 key solu­tions to cli­mate change pro­posed by Holy­rood 350 has been tak­en up by senior fig­ures in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. It is a ver­sion of ‘Cap and Share’ called ‘Cap and Div­i­dend’ (see right hand col­umn for expla­na­tion of how this sys­tem works to rapid­ly and fair­ly wean a car­bon-obese soci­ety off fos­sil fuels).

A Range of Responses to Copenhagen here

The Story of Cap and Trade

Although they sound sim­i­lar, Cap and Trade is entire­ly dif­fer­ent to Cap and Share:

CAP and SHARE (see right hand col­umn) is a sys­tem which can be used to CAP (to lim­it and dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduce the car­bon com­ing into the coun­try in line with the sci­ence), and to SHARE (to dis­trib­ute the rev­enue raised to ensure peo­ple have the mon­ey to cope with the increased price in all goods and ser­vices which have car­bon con­tent).

In con­trast, CAP and TRADE (the EU response to cli­mate change, and the approach pro­posed at Copen­hagen) sim­ply enables busi­ness as usu­al (soar­ing emis­sions, soar­ing fuel prices and soar­ing prof­its for the heavy emit­ters) to con­tin­ue. See this superb 20 minute car­toon expla­na­tion of how Cap and Trade works: The Sto­ry of Cap and Trade

Reflections on Holyrood 350’s Event in the Scottish Parliament

… on Sep­tem­ber 2009 can be found here. Reflect­ing on what a com­mu­ni­ty approach to pol­i­tics might look like.

… and final­ly: click here for a com­ment on the scari­ness of Kevin Anderson’s ‘Opti­mistic’ Sce­nario

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