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|Book Launch in Copenhagen "It has to be CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY" by Uchita de Zoysa - Friday, November 20, 2009|
New Book Available “It has to be CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY” by Uchita de Zoysa
See blog: http://climatesustainability.blogspot.com/
Media Release: On 3 December 2009, the people's preparations for the UN Climate Summit, COP15, came to life at the Øksnehallen in Copenhagen, with the launching of the hard-hitting book "It has to be CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY" by the internationally acclaimed sustainability Campaigner Uchita de Zoysa. The launch of the book was organised by the Climate sustainability PLATFORM and was ceremoniously presented to a large international gathering at the Copenhagen Climate Exchange. The Author of the book, Uchita de Zoysa says: "Climate change is a destiny determining phenomenon and all people need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. But, half of the world's population remains under poverty and is being deprived of their rights towards the basic human needs. Meanwhile, the wasteful lifestyles and irresponsible behaviour of the rich and powerful continues to endanger the life of all humans on earth. A small privileged group continues to negotiate for a climate deal and they separately talk about the sustainability of the planet. By marginalising rest of the population in determining their own destinies, they have left us in destitution. A new world order is emerging, but the people are not involved in designing of it as well. A better world order needs to be created upon the mindful aspirations of the people; and should essentially be based on equitable opportunities for all to find peace, prosperity, sustainability, wellbeing and happiness. Then, it has to be climate sustainability!”
LAUNCHING “It has to be CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY” written by Uchita de Zoysa
Main Launch: at the CPHCO2009, Climate Sustainability PLATFORM
Date: 3rd December 2009 Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Venue: Øksnehallen, Tietgensgade 65, 1704 København V, Denmark
Promotion: 8th December 2009, 1-4pm at KlimaForum2009, Copenhagen
Promotion: 9th December 2009, 1-5pm at the Centre of African Studies,University of Copenhagen
Books will be Available in Copenhagen during COP15
at stalls & events of the Climate Sustainability PLATFORM
CPHCO2009 (3-6th December 2009 - KlimaForum09 (7-13th December 2009)
Copenhagen University (9th December 2009)
COP15 at the Bella Centre (7-18th December 2009)
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|Climate Sustainability PLATFORM at CPHCO2009 (at Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark from 3-6th Decembe - Monday, September 7, 2009|
Just before the COP15 commences, the PLATFORM will get into action at the Copenhagen Climate Exchange (CPHCO2009) at Øksnehallen, Copenhagen from 3-6th December 2009. The PLATFORM will provide all stakeholders a preparatory opportunity before getting into the climate negotiators from 7-18th Dec. at the Bella Centre.
Climate Sustainability PLATFORM is an open forum for climate negotiators, sustainability influencers, local government, civil society, business and people to dialogue, debate, discuss and build partnerships for climate sustainability solutions and pathways. The PLATFORM will be operating at the Copenhagen Climate Exchange (CPHCO2009) at Øksnehallen, Copenhagen from 3-6th December 2009. The four days will be allocated to activities under the themes of Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance & Technology, and a Shared Vision. The main activities of the PLATFORM are;
Climate Sustainability PLATFORM: This is an open platform for participants to get their voices heard. Speakers, panelists and facilitators will be joined by voices from the audience representing the regions and stakeholders of the world. The will challenge the COP15 negotiations, demand climate justice, and make statements for media to be published.
Climate Sustainability CAMPUS: A series of training WORKSHOPS on climate change and sustainability issues offered specially for NGOs, business, local government and stakeholder participants to enhance their knowledge required to engaging climate negotiations and lobbying. An international faculty of expert lecturers and resources persons will be available to deliver these workshops.
Climate Sustainability ENTREPRENUER: A unique forum where business, local government and civil society engage in dialogue, debate, exchange and partnership building for sustainable enterprise solutions. Climate sustainability solutions providers in the exhibition of the CPHCO2009 will have a forum to talk about their innovations, technologies, projects and case studies.
Climate Sustainability MANIFESTO: A manifesto by the Copenhagen Climate PLATFORM participants to be presented at the Copenhagen Climate Exchange Final Ceremony, and at the KlimaForum, Peoples Climate Action and other important constituencies for lobbying during the COP15 period and after. The Manifesto will become a living document for an evolving network of global climate sustainability advocates who will work in continuity towards a global climate sustainability agreement by 2012.
For the agenda, participation, speakers opportunities and further information please contact:
Mr. Uchita de Zoysa
Convener – Climate Sustainability PLATFORM
tel/fax: +94 11 2768459 mobile: +94 777 372206
|Climate Sustainability Platform held in Malaysia Challenges the Current Climate Negotiations - Friday, September 4, 2009|
A Climate Sustainability Training Workshop and the 1st Climate Sustainability PLATFORM meeting in Malaysia was conducted on 27th August 2008 in Petaling Jaya by Mr. Uchita de Zoysa of the Centre for Environment Development. The one day event brought representatives from representative's consumer organizations and networks in Malaysia. The event was a joint programme between the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Organizations (FOMCA), ERA Consumer, Global Sustainability Solutions (GLOSS) and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) in Sri Lanka.
The main objective of the programme as to sensitive consumer protection leaders in Malysia on critical climate issues to be debated at the upcoming UNFCCC COP15 meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009. de Zoysa introduced the subject in an introductory presentation themed "The Climate Challenge According to IPCC & the Scientific Community" which covered subjects including observed changes in climate, causes of climate change, impacts of climate change, adaptation and mitigation, cost of delaying action and the path ahead.
In his keynote presentation themed 'Right to Development in a Climate Change Agenda' de Zoysa challenged the current approach to handling the climate change negotiations and stressed that climate sustainability needs to be pursued as a way of breaking the impasse between climate responsibility and right to development. While climate change is presented as the greatest challenge faced by humanity, half of the world remains in poverty which makes the world wander what are the priorities of the international governance. De Zoysa concluded that we need to go beyond mitigation and adaptation debates and address “Equity” based world order where global policies are designed to ensure equitable opportunities. He challenged that the western approach of efficiency based development paradigms would only prolonge the problems and proposed that Asia retracts back to ‘Sufficiency’ as in self-reliance & contentment. He stressed that the key objective of all agreements should be towards creating ‘Peace, Happiness & Wellbeing’ and the way to do it was by creating ‘Mindfulness’ to promote right livelihood and not consumerist lifestyles.
The platform was also addressed by leading Malaysian consumer activist Datuk Marimutu Nadasan who said that Malaysia needs to formulate a national climate change policy very soon. He was critical of the development path in Malaysia which is creating more consumerist lifestyles and said that consumers too should become more mindful and that climate change should commence first with the approach of "change in me first". The participants discussed the Malaysian climate challenge and planned strategies to create a consumer movement based climate campaign with immediate effect.
|Proposal for a Climate Sustainability PLATFORM at COP15 - Monday, April 20, 2009|
A Climate Sustainability PLATFORM is proposed in the wake of the reality that the climate vs. development (poverty) impasse may further prevail in Copenhagen and lead to unsuccessful negotiations at the COP15. Currently it is very unclear as to what the Global Forum is going to be in Copenhagen, and a host of organisations and initiatives appears to splitting the participants into different directions. If the Global Forum is not designed to unite all the wonderful initiatives, the establishment will further benefit in the it delaying tactics for a climate agreement. Therefore, it is proposed that we all join hands effectively and try to create a ‘Climate Sustainability Movement’ that starts in Copenhagen and works together, engaging in an open 'Climate Sustainability Global Forum' get the negotiators and global leaders committed to sustainable climate agenda.
We believe that its important to engage all those people coming to Copenhagen as meaningfully and effectively as possible to place pressure towards achieving an agreement not simply on climate mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer or financial commitments, but essentially to find "Agreement on Climate Sustainability'. Copenhagen will achieve much less than what the expectations are drawn through the entire circus, and have a danger of making the climate debate quite sour and disappointing. Hope can be provided if we all rally together as possible as we could to create a new movement towards Climate Sustainability. Therefore, the following action is proposed;
1. Climate Sustainability PLATFORM. An open platform for negotiators, policy makers and influencers from various countries to meet participating stakeholders and the public. The Platform will be launched for participants to place their various demands to be heard.
2. Climate Sustainability MANIFESTO. A manifesto by the Copenhagen Climate Exchange participants to be presented to the COP15, Global Forum, and other important constituencies for lobbying during the COP15 period and after. The Manifesto will become a living document for an evolving network of global climate sustainability advocates.
3. Climate Sustainability Dialogue. An open plenary with keynote presentations, panel discussion and a moderated dialogue with audience. Top level speakers and panelists will be invited to make motivational presentations.
4. Climate Sustainability CAMPUS. A series of training on climate change and sustainability issues offered specially for NGOs and stakeholder participants to enhance heir knowledge required to engage in climate negotiations and lobbying. A faculty of expert lecturers and resources persons will be invited to deliver these workshops.
5. Climate Sustainability Entrepreneur, for the SMEs of the world who are left out in the world business forum as well and will be a crucial player in ensuring climate sustainability.
|Uchita de Zoysa at the Climate Congress in Copenhagen - Thursday, March 5, 2009|
Uchita de Zoysa of GLOSS will be making a presentation to the Climate Congress on ' Integrating sustainable consumption in Asian climate change policies' The University of Copenhagen is hosting an international scientific congress on climate change under the heading "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions", 10-12 March 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress is organised in cooperation with nine other universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). The main aim of the congress is to provide a synthesis of existing and emerging scientific knowledge necessary in order to make intelligent societal decisions concerning application of mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate change.
For Further information: http://climatecongress.ku.dk/
|CED in Task Force on Climate Change Policy in Sri Lanka - Thursday, March 5, 2009|
CED in Task Force on Climate Change Policy in Sri Lanka
National Advisory Council on Climate Change (NACCC) in Sri Lanka has appointed Mr. Uchita de Zoysa of GLOSS partner Centre for Environment and Development (CED) to a special taskforce to formulate a National Climate Change Policy (NCCP). The key roles of CED would be to assist the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in conducting policy research, analysis and providing recommendations. The task force held its first meeting in February 2009.
|Visioning the Planet in 2050 - Thursday, November 13, 2008|
Close to fifty of the world’s leading scientists came to Lund and Malmö between October 27-31 for an internal workshop named “The Planet in 2050″. The meeting was multi disciplinary with leading and innovative scientists from different fields of study such as natural scientists, social scientists, historians and paleoclimatologists, contributed on the basis of their field of expertise. During their stay in Lund this “brains trust” aimed at describing desirable futures for Earth in the year 2050 and explore pathways to move from the present situation toward those futures. The results will be published in a book with the title “The Planet in 2050 - the Lund Discourse of the Future”.
Uchita de Zoysa of GLOSS/CED/D&D was one of the invited participants selected from across the planet. During his submissions at the event, Uchita explained that desirable futures for humans on earth between years 2030-2050 would be subjective to what the guiding visions for sustainability or right livelihood are. However, the following may find some common ground of desirable futures will include equitable consumption opportunities that enables wellbeing for all, sustained happiness derived through the ensuring of wellbeing for all, and sustainable lifestyles in healthy and peaceful environmental conditions. For more information please visit http://www.theplanet2050.org/
|Uchita de Zoysa holds dialogues with ANU. - Tuesday, November 11, 2008|
Uchita de Zoysa of GLOSS/CED/D&D is invited to hold three opening presentations at dialogues at the ANU institutes from 2-3rd December 2008. This is part of the ‘Global Peoples’ Sustainability Dialogues’ coordinated across the world by GLOSS in partnership with like minded organizations and processes.
|CED and Consortium shortlist for EC SWITCH-Asia Network Facility - Monday, August 18, 2008|
Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and consortium has been short listed for the call for creating a Network Facility for the SWITCH-Asia programme of the European Commission. The other consortium members include; DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd. (UK), Sustainable Europe Research Institute Deutschland e.V. (DE), UNIDO – IPTO (CN) and ADFIAP (PH). The SWITCH‐Asia programme builds on best practices and lessons learnt from Asia Invest and Asia Pro Eco and aims to promote sustainable production and sustainable consumption patterns and behaviour in the Asia region. For details visit the SWITCH-Asia Programme Website