Some notes on Future Earth:
Future Earth is an ambitious new international research initiative for global sustainability.
Future Earth is the global research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world.
Bringing together and in partnership with existing programmes on global environmental change* [* DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)], Future Earth will be an international hub to coordinate new, interdisciplinary approaches to research on three themes: . . . It is open to scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law. . . .
It is sponsored by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization.
Future Earth was launched in June 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). It builds on more than two decades of successful international science collaboration in the WCRP, IGBP, Diversitas and IHDP programmes.
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The need for a coordinated scientific and societal response to global environmental change was highlighted at the 2012 Planet under Pressure conference. The conference declaration called for a new approach to research that is more integrative, international and solutions-oriented, reaches across existing research programmes and disciplines, and has input from governments, civil society, local knowledge, research funders and the private sector. This call was echoed in the Rio+20 declaration [original link] and the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel report, with the latter calling for a major global scientific initiative to strengthen the interface between policy and science. Future Earth is a response to these statements and calls.
One of those links is out of date. I think the report mentioned above is RESILIENT PEOPLE, RESILIENT PLANET, A Future Worth Choosing: THE REPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL’S HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY, found here and here.
. . . Led by a multi-stakeholder Governing Council, the ultimate decision-making body, Future Earth’s direction will be guided by a Science Committee and an Engagement Committee. The Science Committee will provide scientific guidance, ensure scientific quality and guide the development of new projects. The Engagement Committee will provide leadership and strategic guidance on involving stakeholders throughout the entire research process from co-design to dissemination, ensuring that Future Earth produces the knowledge that society needs.
Earlier site: www.icsu.org/future-earth at ICSU.org (International Council for Science)
. . . Transitioning to low carbon societies (pg. 4) . . .
. . . How do values, beliefs and worldviews influence individual and collective behavior toward more sustainable lifestyles, patterns of trade, production and consumption? . . . (pg. 11)
Stockholm, Oct 5-7 2015
We have a “planetary dashboard” now, and it supposedly shows the “Great Acceleration”.
As the story goes, the planet’s too small, we’re wearing stuff out, using it all up, and it’s starting to smell bad!
That’s the story, but the new, smiling saviors have arrived to save us.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) has announced that Montreal will be one of five global hubs for Future Earth . . .
. . . We will be following this project from the perspective of entrepreneurs based in the Montreal area developing the market for clean technology. At this stage, it is not clear what if any involvement local entrepreneurs will have in these initiatives, but there is no question that raising Montreal’s profile as a thought leader in sustainability will help businesses marketing clean energy and energy efficiency both locally and in global markets . . .
Where is all the “clean technology” going to come from without carbon-based energy to help build it? How are we even going to survive? The “thought leaders” are all leading us into a world with low carbon even though we are made of carbon, and plants need carbon to live.
Have we elected any of these “thought leaders”? No, not one.
Have we elected any of these institutions? No, not one. None of these organizations are mentioned in the Canadian Constitution (except that the Constitution implies the Queen is in charge and no doubt this is where her “corporation” is leading us).
Ordinary people–who aren’t “stakeholders”–are not represented as individuals in these tax-funded, subsidized, imposed “markets” which empower scientific dictatorship.
Everyone in positions of prominence is just following along with this authoritarian agenda, following the money taken from our pockets.