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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

What's New in INES 15. November, 2010

CONTENTS

NEWS

  • Why self-interest can save the climate debate (and waiting for consensus might waste your future)
  • The Climate Race against Time
  • Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg interviewed on release of Iraq War docs

EVENTS

19.11.2010 Berlin/Germany
Youth action against the nuclear umbrella in Germany

19.-21. November 2010, Lisbon/Portugal
NATO Counter Summit  - International conference

26. 11.- 11. 12. 2010, Cancún/Mexico
Klimaforum10 

PUBLICATIONS BY INES MEMBERS

November Newsletter of the Engineers for Social Responsibility (ESR), New Zealand is now online here: www.inesglobal.com/download.php



NEWS

10. November 2010

Why self-interest can save the climate debate (and waiting for consensus might waste your future)
By Mathis Wackernagel (Global Footprint Network)

As world leaders prepare for the next round of climate talks in Cancun, it is time to put to right a misperception that for too long has shackled our approach to this vital issue. The error is simply this: Taking action is a burden some nations will need to shoulder for the good of the world – rather than the single best action each nation can take to further its own long-term interests.

The question by governments of “What’s in it for me?” has up to now been a major stumbling block to international agreement. But if leaders and their administrations truly understood the underlying resource dynamics, they would have the exact opposite approach. They would see it is in their self-interest to act quickly and aggressively, whatever the actions taken by their global neighbors. In fact, each country’s own actions will become more urgent and valuable the less others do.

Read on here: www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/newsletter/bv/why_self-interest_can_save_the_climate_debate


The Climate Race against Time
By Gunnar Boye Olesen and Judit Szoleczky (INFORSE Europe)

Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to levels that will confine global climate change to 2°C or less, increasingly, is a race against time. Global emissions continue to grow, and a global agreeent to turn this trend is hard to see coming in
the near future.
While we can still hope that the climate COP16 in Cancun, Mexico can pave the way for a global agreement, we also have to plan climate policies without a global climate agreement. Even without a global agreement, a lot can be done. Of course the climate mitigation effects of national and regional climate policies are less
certain without a global agreement. On the other hand, ambitious local and
national policies can be more important than a global agreement with too-low ambitions.Crucial to the value of local and national ctions is that they show ways of reducing emissions, ways that can be replicated by others, both because of climate mitigation and because of more local benefits.

Read on here: www.inforse.org/europe/pdfs/SEN70.pdf


22. October  2010

Daniel Ellsberg interviewed on release of Iraq War docs

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviewed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which eventually led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

He talked with Amy about WikiLeaks and whistleblowing. Watch the interview on Democracy Now! here: www.democracynow.org/2010/10/22/wikileaks_prepares_largest_intel_leak_in

Source: Right Livelihood Award Newsletter October 2010


EVENTS

19.11.2010 Berlin/Germany
Youth action against the nuclear umbrella in Germany

Read on (in German): www.inesglobal.com/students.phtml


19.-21. November 2010, Lisbon/Portugal
NATO Counter Summit  - International conference

Anti-war activities during the NATO summit

The international network “No to War – No to NATO”, which comprises more than 650 organizations enforces its endeavors to use the NATO summit as a platform for protest against war and militarism.


Selected topics and speakers:

  • War and Peace (Sandra Monteiro, Le Monde Diplomatique, Portugal)
  • Relations between Russia and NATO (Vitaly Merkushew, Eurasian Network of Political Research, Russia)
  • The new NATO Strategy and Global Crisis (Vitor Lima, PAGAN, Portugal)
  • Nuclear weapons in the new NATO-Strategy (Joseph Gerson, AFSC, USA)
  • Missile Defense Systems in Eastern Europe/Russia (Jan Majicek, No Bases, CR)
  • NATO’s War in Afghanistan (Shams Arya, Afghanistan)

To see the complete program, all workshops and activities please visit: www.no-to-nato.org/


26. 11.- 11. 12. 2010, Cancún/Mexico
Klimaforum10

INES offeres three workshops at the KlimaForum10 on Climate and Conflict - How climate changes and conflicts/wars cause and worsen each other and on Science and Responsibility.

See www.inesglobal.com/events-2010.phtml#cpid661