Maverick McCain will be Missed

Senator John McCain will be missed for many reasons, but I want to offer a personal reason, which I think we will all come to understand more deeply as time goes on. The Senator was a giant of American politics, first and foremost because he was willing to put aside his own comfort and convenience…

Food Price Shocks Signal Need for Macro-Resilient Finance

Wildfires, floods, storms, and droughts, are putting unprecedented pressure on food crops, threatening to destabilize commodities markets that determine food prices, across the world. This is a major climate impact on market signals and a sign of emerging pervasive risk to the global economy. Bloomberg is reporting: A heatwave across swathes of North America, Europe…

Declare Energy Independence with Carbon Dividends

Taking action on climate is about a lot more than our energy economy. Climate disruption is the leading threat to our built environment, an accelerant of armed conflict, and a leading cause of mass migration. Its effects intensify and prolong storms, droughts, wildfires, and floods — resulting in the US spending as much on disaster…

Uphold the Humanity of Every Person

We inhabit a period of great turmoil and suffering, while at the same time immense hope and promise flood around us, making it possible for any person anywhere to potentially make great contributions to the betterment of humankind. That better possibility is entirely dependent upon the guarantee that all people have access to the benefits…

Better Civics Justifies Hope

Remarks, as delivered, by Joseph Robertson on Sunday, June 10, to the 2018 Citizens’ Climate Lobby annual conference: There is a quiet daring that happens in the person who says “I refuse to accept” what is not right. Without that quiet moment of daring, the effort to confront the unacceptable cannot get started. The work…

Ocean Resilience Starts Upstream

Upstream decisions in finance, farming, industry, and personal consumption determine whether not only the ocean but also our food supply is eroded or sustained. We need to stop putting plastic into the ocean. We need to stop acidifying the ocean. We need to understand that ocean ecosystems are as important to sustaining life on Earth…

Democracy is an Engine of Economic Value

No society can win by denying basic human rights. We are subsumed in a vast web of evolving technological capability, some of which does not necessarily make us free. We are living through a paradox of organized human empowerment, in which the power to access information is greatly expanding across the world, and yet faith…

SB48 Press Release: Resilience Intelligence for Reliable Prosperity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 — 14:00 CET / Bonn To raise ambition, plan for 100% climate-smart finance by 2038 Tuesday at the SB48 UN climate negotiations, on behalf of partners in the Acceleration Dialogues and the Resilience Intel initiative, Citizens’ Climate Education held a public press event to lay out a plan…

Complex Adaptive Integrity is the New Bottom Line

Bottom-line thinking is about whether your way of doing business has a future. Common practice is to treat a high volume of accumulated profit or cash as a proxy for operational sustainability. But the history of empires, and of financial crashes, tells us this is not the case. Lean bottom-line management is one example of…

Carbon Pricing to Catalyze Sustainable Shared Prosperity

Reporting from the 3rd Annual High-Level Assembly of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition On entering the 3rd High-Level Assembly of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, I was asked by someone situating diplomats which country I represent. I would be at the table to represent 90,000 citizen volunteers across 42 countries — the Citizens’ Climate Lobby…