AGM 2013 - Resolutions
1) Buses & Public Transport PASSED
Proposed by: Simon Norton
Seconded by: John Stewart
The "Million Climate Jobs" campaign calls for a big improvement to public transport leading to significant reductions in car traffic and the associated emissions. For the majority of people public transport means buses. In many areas outside London buses are under threat, and high fares have contributed to a national decline in patronage. We ask the Campaign against Climate Change to support campaigns which aim to create an integrated public transport network including better, cheaper bus services.
2) Geo-engineering PASSED (edited with amendment)
Proposed by: Helena Paul
Seconded by: Peter Deane
The AGM of Campaign Against Climate Change expresses its serious concerns about the promotion of geo-engineering, including geo-engineering field tests, as a response to climate change. Geo-engineering involves large-scale interventions in complex, dynamic and interacting earth systems which are far from adequately understood. Some major risks from different type of geo-engineering are known, yet others are impossible to predict in the absence of large-scale deployment, the impacts of which could be irreversible.
In view of the major uncertainties surrounding the potential impacts of geo-engineering – which could potentially result in more abrupt climate change than would otherwise happen – Campaign Against Climate change will not advocate any form of geo-engineering.
Campaign Against Climate Change fully supports the Convention on Biological Diversity’s position and de-facto moratorium on geo-engineering*.
*The CBD’s position can be found at https://www.cbd.int/climate/geoengineering/
Amendment: To remove 'and not give public space to it, either through public meetings or through any web-based communications' from the end of the second paragraph.
3) Arctic & Geo-engineering FAILED
Proposed by: John Nissen
Seconded by: John Davies
It is proposed that the CCC campaigns for action against climate change in the Arctic. Global warming has been amplified in the Arctic, and the effects of global warming are perhaps most conspicuous in the Arctic - more than anywhere else in the world. The Arctic warming has led to a decline in sea ice: as the sea ice gives way to open water, sunshine is absorbed in the water, warming the water and melting more ice in a vicious cycle. This warming is having a disruptive effect on the polar jet stream and hence on Northern Hemisphere climate and beyond. Thus abrupt climate change in the Arctic is leading towards abrupt climate change for the whole planet. This would be catastrophic, e.g. for food production, so there is great urgency to cool the Arctic and restore sea ice, for which large-scale intervention is required.
Note: There are several intervention techniques available in the class of "Solar Radiation Management" geo-engineering, of which cloud brightening is probably the most benign. This technique would not be applied directly to cooling the Arctic but to cooling surface currents flowing towards the Arctic, especially from the North Atlantic. Since these currents have warmed as a result of global warming, the intervention would be merely restoring water surface temperature to previous levels.