COP 15 and Sustainable Communities

Opening the Swedish “Svenska Dagbladet” Sunday paper today I read “Meeting Doomed to Failure”, referring to the upcoming COP 15 conference and summit taking place in 29 days (they are counting the days). The debate article is by Danish Björn Lomborg, head of the Copenhagen Consensus Center think-Tank (CCC).

Based on a global carbon tax study by CCC and climate economist Richard Tol, ample “evidence” is presented to favour technical solutions adding that whatever promises politicians, our leaders, are expected to make, because they have to in order to maintain a strand of credibility, these promises will not be fulfilled, cannot be fulfilled, because the “cost will be 50 times higher than the cost of the damage of climate change”.

Interesting… And I think, hmm, what “cost” is he talking about? Is this the cost of families losing their homes? Is it the cost of losing a loved one in a cyclone? Is this the cost of more than 1 billion human beings not having food on their table? Or perhaps, is it the cost of (currently) 24,000 children dying of starvation, every day?

So I dedicate the lines above to anybody wishing to enter into a discussion of “the cost of the damage of Climate Change”.

I don’t.

I choose to engage in a dialogue for sustainability and leadership, a dialogue for Sustainable Communities. This dialogue, I believe, must be based on the fundamental premise of “Reduce, Reduce, and then Reduce some more” (then perhaps Reuse, and last, Recycle). There are lots of ways to reduce, and they all oppose our consumer (shop-till-you-drop) society, and are an opposition to the concept of “growth”. So let’s stop kidding ourselves, we have to reduce our consuming. That means each and every one of us has to make some conscious choices as to what reductions in consumption we can make, and hope that collectively it’s enough. I’m on my way to Brazil to start our Replanting a Rainforest project, and I’m flying there, bad, and I feel that I need a camera to document this, which I will buy, bad, but not going there, and not being able to document the work would be worse. These are my choices, and it is these choices we make every day which create the reality of our lives, the reality we experience.

I like the idea of a sustainable community, and I think about it a lot, so my choices lately have been very much about what I can do to make it happen. This is also why Open World Café is about “Dialogues on Sustainability and Leadership”. So I think, then I like to promote a dialogue, then I like to get down to creating, building these sustainable communities.

Who wants to join me?


About christersoderberg

Living and growing up in nine countries has left strong impressions on the background of Christer Söderberg, helping to create an awareness of the impermanence in life and the uncertain value of knowledge; illustrating the paradox between knowing and what we may do well to “unlearn”. Christer has worked with companies in six countries on four continents, most recently in Brazil where between 1998 and 2002 he started a subsidiary for a Swedish Multinational. Studies in business and a lifetime of social entrepreneurship have further cemented his belief that the only thing we can change is ourselves. This lifelong endeavor expresses itself in creating the conditions for change through places, physical and virtual spaces where the individual can feel safe in him/herself; at least enough to stop, reflect and listen to the world we live in. We exist in our relationship to each other, our environment, and ourselves. Through observation and silence, preferably in close communion with nature, a “zero perspective” can help stimulate the questions surrounding our purpose and a meaningful contribution while on earth. Increased awareness of individual potential plants seeds for long-term success; Open World initiatives help awaken the hidden potential in individuals, creating new perspectives on cooperation and personal development. Increased focus and balance help provide a strong base for individual and business growth, with a deeply ingrained sense of responsibility, respect and awe for the power in nature.
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