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Climate change doesn’t happen to others
week Heinrich Böll Stiftung in cooperation with Friends of the Earth Croatia
and Group 22 organized a public debate in occasion of the latest climate report
by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The
IPCC landmark report, produced by 1,250 international experts and approved by
194 governments, explains how a global dependence on fossil fuels must end in
order to avoid devastating impacts of climate change.
„Changes do not happen to some other people, but to us all. Naive or even reckless is one who thinks that the changes, in which large parts of humanity will be deprived of some basic resources, can bypass without major political earthquakes“ Croatian President dr. Ivo Josipović stated in his opening speech.
„Croatia is a small country, and does not have a decisive influence on the global climate change policy, but in spite of that, can be held accountable and can try to make a change.“ the Croatian President concluded.
The opening speeches for the event were also given by Luka Tomac, head of the climate program for FOE Croatia and Mr. Ivan Čačić, head of the Croatian Meterological and Hydrological Service. IPCC report was presented by Prof. dr. Mirko Orlić (Faculty of Geophysics, University of Zagreb, one of the reviewers of the last IPCC WG1 report) and Prof. dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj (Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, one of the editors of the last IPCC WG2 report). The presentation panel also included Dr. Igor Matutinović (GFK - Centre for Market Research) and Dr. Mladen Domazet (Institute for Social Research and Group 22).
The discussion was publicly supported by a dozen national scientific and governmental institutions, marking a major shift in public understanding of climate change and opening new options for new coalitions.
All participants concluded that the final part of the IPCC report shows that climate change is „unequivocally” caused by humans and that, if unchecked, it poses a grave threat to people and could lead to wars and mass migration.
Meat Atlas: Facts and figures about the animals we eat- Read how over consumption and intensive meat production wrecks the planet and our health. Our new publication, Meat Atlas 2014, describes and illustrates these relationships.
Food Sovereignty in Croatia / Western Balkans- In any case, the biggest problem decision makers have to face is probably an inefficient and unjust subsidy system. Until subsidies are redirected towards the bigger support for those who produce and live on the land, thus ensuring the long term sustainability and the quality of system, we will not be able to identify the real system change and the sustainable approach to food production. There is anecdotic example for this that showed up publicly in the spring of 2013, during the resistance prompted by the new EU regulation on the seed. The first act proposal from European Commission was oriented distinctively against small farmers, local production and biodiversity. The fertile public debate raised here in Croatia, revealed the true carelessness for the long term food production management. As plain as a day was now the fact that Croatian state was not actually inhibited by this directive, since certification processes were applied here for no more than a couple of vegetable crops, while all other seeds, except the grains partly, is imported.
THE COMMONS DOSSIERPreliminary Reflections and Invitation for Submissions The HBS Green Academy that was held on the island of Vis from August 28 to September 2, 2012 proposed the Commons as a new interpretative paradigm for the pursuit of future-oriented politics grounded in concerns for democracy, social justice and sustainable development. In the nexus of environmental concerns, crisis of democracy, growing inequalities and dramatic economic challenges, our aim was to explore the Commons as a terrain for developing a shared platform for green left movements in the Western Balkans and Europe.
The programme which took place in August/September 2012 on the island of Vis directly engaged scholars and practitioners from all over Europe in exploring the emancipatory potential of moving beyond the dichotomy of states and markets in deciding how cities should be governed, how factories should be organized, how the education system should be run or ways in which the Internet should be regulated. Throughout the week, lively and engaged discussions took place both during panels and lectures, and in intensive and focused working groups that took place around the island of Vis. more here