Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions

Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions

by Mark Diesendorf


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Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions by Mark Diesendorf

In the USA, social movements succeeded in stopping 59 proposals to build new conventional coal-fired power stations. In the UK, there is a continuing campaign to stop the expansion of Heathrow airport, mostly on the grounds of the greenhouse gas emissions from increased flights.

Responding to this global flowering of commitment, Climate Action is a campaign manual that draws upon positive case studies of successful grass-roots social movements. It presents a menu of strategies for activists and citizens who want to pressure governments and businesses to create a framework for big and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Action shows us how to work together to:

Demystify tine fallacies disseminated by vested interests: the 'Greenhouse Mafia'

Explain the potentials of various clean energy technologies

Argue for policies that will lead to reductions in emissions

Develop and implement strategies and tactics to change the stances of governments, businesses, trade unions and citizens

Social movements have nonviolently overthrown dictatorships, achieved votes for women and abolished slavery. This book will empower citizens to build the climate action movement into an irresistible global force that just might save our planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781742230184
Publisher: UNSW Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mark Diesendorf is deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales. He is a former president of the original Australasian Wind Energy Association, coordinator of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Climate Change Program, and president of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics. He is the author of Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy.

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xi

Units and conversion factors xii

Abbreviations xiv

1 Threat and hope 1

The threat 2

Solutions 3

Barriers 5

Hope 6

Who is a climate change activist? 7

Making democracy work 8

Greenhouse gases cause global warming 9

Why this is an urgent problem 12

Why climate action is an ethical imperative 16

Plan of the book 17

2 Greenhouse Mafia and their fallacies 20

Driving forces of emissions 21

Vested interests - Greenhouse Mafia 23

Fallacies about greenhouse science 31

Fallacies about greenhouse solutions 32

Conclusion 60

3 Technologies for stopping global warming 62

Solutions for energy 63

Transport solutions 74

Solutions for agriculture 77

Sustainable energy scenarios 78

Treating climate action like a wartime emergency 84

Conclusion 86

4 Essential policies for the 21st century 88

Key government policies needed 90

Set strong greenhouse targets 92

Set targets for energy efficiency, renewable electricity and renewable heat 94

Ban new conventional coal-fired power stations 96

Impose a carbon price that increases with time 97

Allocate individual carbon rations 106

Terminate subsidies to fossil fuels 107

Implement additional incentives for renewable energy 108

Set regulations and standards for energy efficiency 112

Foster a socially just transition 113

Build infrastructure 114

Fund research and innovation 115

Terminate logging of native forests 116

Cut agricultural emissions and increase biosequestration 116

Train the workforce 117

Stabilise population, growth 119

Create a socially just, steady-state economy 120

Policies for local government 124

Conclusion 125

5 Strategies for defeating the Greenhouse Mafia 126

The power of organisation 128

Developing goals 132

Developing strategy: SWOT analysis 135

Developing strategy: Midwest Academy Strategy Chart 136

Coalitions, alliances and networks 138

Organisation of groups 147

Role of organiser 151

Motivating people 152

Movement Action Plan 154

Climate action movement 159

Conclusion 164

6 Winning campaign tactics 166

'Framing' the campaign 168

Lobbying decision-makers 171

Educational activities 175

Media and other communications 180

Nonviolent direct action 183

Legal action 189

Setting up alternatives 191

Choosing tactics 192

7 The struggle for a sustainable future 195

Appendix 1 Riding on trust and ripe conditions in the UK 200

Appendix 2 Burgeoning grass-roots power in the USA 204

Notes 208

Glossary 228

Key readings and websites 235

Index 238

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