It’s time to take collective action now for a sustainable future
Planet Earth is in imminent peril. Humanity is facing a climate catastrophe that will be out of our control if we continue with our business-as-usual way of life, according to the World’s leading climate scientist, Dr James Hansen. We already have vital warning signs. Here are some:
Concentration levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), which warms the planet, are at their highest in 650,000 years
January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record
Arctic summer sea ice reached its lowest extent on record in 2007
Greenland and West Antarctica ice sheets mass loss is approaching a rate of 200 cubic kilometres per year
Mountain glaciers are melting
Sea levels are rising
Dry sub-tropical regions are expanding
Storms and forest fires are more intense, and
Competition for diminishing fresh water supplies is increasing
The fundamentals of climate science are sound and have been for a long time. Planet Earth is warming and it’s man-made. The debate must shift to how it will affect humanity and all life on Earth. What’s going to be the impact on people, communities and organisations and what can be done to tackle it?
As social systems scientists (S3s) we have been concerned about this issue for many years. Our recent climate change action research has now produced a solution that will enable people to collectively take action now to adapt to and mitigate the effects of extremely damaging climate change.
This solution revolves around a one-day training workshop known as the Sustainable Future Planning & Design (SFP&D) development program.
The SFP&D development program enables people from all walks of life to collectively make a difference now to take action on climate change.
The program introduces business, education and community leaders to planning and design tools that can be applied in their organisations and communities to develop effective strategies and action plans for mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Using the SFP&D tools, people from all walks of life can work together to take action on climate change. In doing this, they can create – in their community or organisation – a future that is environmentally, economically, socially and culturally sustainable.
Participants of the SFP&D development program learn how to:
Develop strategic plans for a sustainable ecological future
Design organisational and community action planning groups that lead to high levels of motivation, innovation and sustained performance improvement
Use tools and techniques for cultural change that improve organisational and community resilience
Harness the energy and creativity of people to collectively take action on climate change; and are
Introduced to advanced socio-ecological processes and concepts for many different organisational or community strategic planning requirements
People from all walks of life can collectively make a difference now to take action on climate change
July 6, 2010
Leading climatologists have been warning humanity for many years that we're heading towards a climate catastrophe. Can this be averted when there is so little time to act? From a socio-ecological perspective, it's doable but it won't be easy.
June 18, 2010
Peter Aughton presented at an AHRI OD&D Forum in April on the very popular topic of the role of the OD&D practitioner in Building a Sustainable Organisation.
June 18, 2010
A suite of studies from the National Research Council requested by Congress has just been released. The report, called America’s Climate Choices, is designed to inform and guide the nation’s response to climate change.
Events and Courses
Information about upcoming SFP&D events and OST courses can be found here.
Members of the Sustainable Future Network receive notice of upcoming Learning Exchange events. For further information visit the SUSTAINABLE FUTURE NETWORK page.
Details about OST public and in-house courses can be found in the SOLUTIONS page. If you wish to know more about these courses please CONTACT US.
SFP&D Newsletters, Research and Discussion Papers
We regularly post OST-based climate change newsletter, research and discussion papers on this page.
Newsletter # 1: 'Adapting to climate change: an imperative for all of us'
Newsletter # 2: 'Achieving widespread action on climate change when many don't believe that it is real'
Results of a recent climate change segmentation survey can be found in the REFERENCES & PUBLICATIONS page. This information will guide the development of unique adaption and mitigation strategies.
Please note, that the OST SERVICES & PROGRAMS page provides a more comprehensive list of OST-based research papers and publications.
A paper written by Professor Merrelyn Emery titled 'Afterwards', paints the picture of those few who have survived the ecological collapse of Planet Earth. It attempts to answer why humanity in the early 21st Century failed to deal with onset of extremely damaging climate change when all vital signs were clearly present for all to see. Read more.