'A footprint means pressing down and global means world, so 'global footprint' means pressing down on the world and we don't want to press too hard' (child's definition of a Global Footprint)
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what about climate change?

Equal energy footprints: a way forward

Communities, societies and nations have to face an uncomfortable truth: most of the remaining fossil fuels – oil, coal and gas – that lie under ground and under the oceans have to stay there. Uncomfortable, because fossil fuels have shaped the world we have today and continue to shape our lives. But necessary, because if we extract and use them we are likely to destroy our climate and make the world uninhabitable for future generations of humans and many other species too.

What the world urgently needs is climate justice and one of the fairest ways to make sure that happens is by adopting the idea of contraction and convergence. Put very simply, this would mean everyone on the planet having an equal right to emit equal levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Contraction and convergence would set a ceiling on a safe and stable amount of greenhouse gases allowed in the atmosphere and divide this by the number of people on the planet.  What is good about this system is that people in poor countries who do not emit their allowance of carbon, because they use much less energy than people in rich countries, could sell their allowances to rich people who, because of their lifestyles, wanted to emit more. The result would be win, win, win! The threat of climate change would be avoided, poverty would be tackled by trading carbon dioxide in favour of poor countries and the world would become a more equal place. To learn more about Contraction and Convergence see the links below.

Case study Cote d’Ivoire http://sgp.undp.org/download/SGP_CotedIvoire2.pdf