Today marks the start of UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, or COP15 as it’s widely known. A culmination of years of planning, months of lobbying by pressure groups such as those coordinated by TckTckTck. There’s a lot of anticipation and speculation as to what’s going to happen. Not all of it optimistic.
While the outcome of these meetings isn’t clear, one group is doing its best to offer hope, knowledge, and actions for us mere mortals. Ode Magazine has created The Solutions We Need Now, a publication it will be distributing 50,000 copies of to delegates and participants in Copenhagen. A free digital version of it is available to everybody else for a limited time here.
It pragmatically addresses these solutions in three sections: What needs to be done; how to do it; and what you can do.
Sustainability heavyweights such as Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, Al Gore and Lester Brown weigh in here with encouraging words and big ideas, but it’s the real world examples happening globally that are intriguing:
Norway is actively constructing the infrastructure to support mass use of hydrogen vehicles. Japan is forging ahead with personal scale home power sources, currently in operation. In the Netherlands progress is being made harnessing “blue power,” the energy created when fresh and salt water meet. Switchgrass and Jatropha, two non-food crops that grow in difficult, non-agricultural land, are proving to be increasingly viable biofuel options.
All interesting to know about, but for those of us wondering what we can do personally, the magazine offers a suite of options, such as guidance on building a home that will produce more energy than it consumes; an exploration of geothermal energy resources; and the newly expanding options in personal scale carbon trading, among other things.
Triple Pundit will be here in Copenhagen for the duration of the conference, with several writers covering events as they unfold, in person and remotely. Meanwhile, while massive, country level solutions to climate change are needed, we, too, play a part, and The Solutions We Need Now will definitely help in getting that moving.
Readers: Are you there in Copenhagen now? What’s surprising you? Encouraging you? What climate change addressing actions can you share that we as people, government, and companies can take?
Paul Smith is a sustainable business innovator, the founder of GreenSmith Consulting, and has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He creates interest in, conversations around, and business for green (and greening) companies, via social media.