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Our Journey In Pictures

Our Journey In Pictures

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Filed under: Climate Change, Mosaic Action

The “Yutes”

Sam Parker ’12 Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes…  Judge Chamberlain Haller: …Ah, the two what? Uh… uh, what was that word?  Vinny Gambini: Uh… what word?  Judge Chamberlain Haller: Two what?  Vinny Gambini: What?  Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh… did you say ‘yutes’?  Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.  Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute?  Vinny Gambini: [beat] Oh, excuse me, your honor…  [exaggerated]  Vinny Gambini: Two YOUTHS.  My Cousin Vinny (1992) Yesterday I was able to solidify my focus for this conference, the “yutes”.  Within the COP conferences there are many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), these NGOs are then divided into smaller groups one of which being the YOUNGOs or youth NGOs.  These are some of the most interesting people to talk with.  They are some of the most driven, opinionated and knowledgeable.  They know what they are talking about … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Environmental Politics, Key COP17 Issues, Mosaic Action, Student Research

Top to Bottom: Inspiring Bottom-up using the Top

Top to Bottom: Inspiring Bottom-up using the Top

Sam Parker ’12 Climate change governance and mitigation thus far have taken a very “top-down” approach.  One of the best examples of this is the Conference of the Parties (COP) that occur yearly, bringing together government officials from all across the world to discuss climate change and its different aspects.  Though, these top-down approaches to global problems often overlook the need for more “bottom-up” or community based approaches to issue that the world faces.  As I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Conservation, Consumption, Environmental Politics, Key COP17 Issues

Stop! Don’t Offset… Carbon Offsets the Snake Oil of CO2 Mitigation

by Sam Parker, ’12 In 2009, there was a bill, called the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill, that has passed through the House and was killed in the Senate.  This bill was potentially one of the most significant climate laws to have ever been seen in the U.S.  It would instate a Cap and Trade system of carbon trading on U.S. coal power plants .  This bill came under much scrutiny from many different places. Possibly the biggest criticism was the effects Cap and Trade may have had on the economy.  I wish to criticize a different aspect of this bill, offsets.  As noted by Laurie Williams and Allen Zabel in there video The Huge Mistake, the bill would have allowed for the companies to purchase carbon offsets to mitigate there CO2 emissions for 20 years … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carbon Markets, Climate Change, Key COP17 Issues, Mosaic Action