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Become an Active Partner of CapGlobalCarbon

It is now possible to become an active partner or endorse CapGlobalCarbon as an organization. An endorsement means that you allow us to list your organization on our website as being sympathetic to the idea of a Global Cap on Carbon. Becoming an active partner means you are actively promoting CapGlobalCarbon and commit to finding at least one other organization that is willing to become an active partner. The list of active partners, endorsements and a short registration form can be found here, if there are questions do not hesitate to contact us.

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The World Bank agrees that Carbon Pricing won’t solve climate change

We are delighted to see that the World Bank agrees that putting a price on carbon, no matter how high, cannot prevent disastrous climate change. From the RTCC blog:

Forty countries and 20 sub-national governments have adopted some form of carbon price, whether through taxation or markets.In its latest report on greening development, however, the World Bank admits “carbon pricing alone cannot solve the climate change problem”. There are “many market failures and behavioural biases that distort economies” it says – not just the failure to price in climate damage from greenhouse gas emissions.

We at CapGlobalCarbon share the understanding that a carbon tax will not be sufficient to halt climate change, yet the 5 recommendations given in the article do not make sure that the unburnable fossil fuels stay in the ground. We need to lower the rate at which fossil fuels leave the ground, not the burn-rate.  CapGlobalCarbon is a mechanism that does just that:  a science-based cap on the amount of fossil fuels extracted on a yearly basis.

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The Oslo Principles

On 30 March 2015, a group of current and ex-judges, advocates and professors from across the globe released the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations. The Oslo Principles seek to overcome the political impasse which has so far obstructed agreement on defining a common international approach to climate change. An excerpt from the Oslo Principles document:

“Avoiding severe global catastrophe is a moral and legal imperative. To the extent that human activity endangers the biosphere, particularly through the effects of human activity on the global climate, all States and enterprises have an immediate moral and legal duty to prevent the deleterious effects of climate change. While all people, individually and through all the varieties of associations that they form, share the moral duty to avert climate change, the critical legal responsibility rests with States and enterprises.”

Little imagination is needed to see how this relates to CapGlobalCarbon. Where the Oslo Principles addresses the responsibility for nation-states and companies the CapGlobalCarbon project provides a straightforward way to take this responsibility.  We are in contact with a number of authors from the Oslo Principles and will keep you updated on the developments of this promising development.


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March 20 2015 update

Welcome to the first update on the CapGlobalCarbon project, a global system for addressing climate change.

Since the CGC website went public we’ve been working hard to attract visitors and answer questions. We are collecting these questions which we intend to include in a FAQ on a later stage.

This is what happened during the last two weeks:

1. John Jopling published a 21 page article on the Greenhouse UK platform. “In this new Green House gas, John Jopling of the Irish think-tank Feasta argues that the situation calls for non-governmental actors to set up the necessary system of global regulation that governments seemingly cannot deliver.”

2. Erik-Jan van Oosten wrote “Making sure we’ll be safe – a global solution to avert disastrous climate change” for the Valhalla Movement. This article goes into the arguments why governments would want to endorse CapGlobalCarbon based on what they can and cannot agree upon.

3. The OECD insights blog features an article about CapGlobalCarbon by John Jopling. “This post suggests how the OECD could play a crucial part in helping to establish an effective global response to climate change.”

4. CapGlobalCarbon can now be found on twitter and Facebook. We are providing links and quotes which we hope you will share with your friends and colleagues.

5. We are looking for people who want to join the core group. Every Monday at 11.00 GMT we meet on Skype and invite you to join us. In this stage we mostly need help with media, strategy and contacting key figures. To see who’s involved in the core team see the about us page:  . Email us at if you’d like to be invited into the core group and briefly describe what you think you can add to the team.

6. It is now possible to affiliate or endorse CapGlobalCarbon as an organization. An endorsement means that you allow us to list your organization on our website as a proponent of CapGlobalCarbon. Affiliation means you are becoming a partner that actively promotes CapGlobalCarbon and commits to finding at least one other organization that is willing to affiliate. Please check the “My organisation is interested in affiliating with CapGlobalCarbon” box in our contact form to let us know if your organization is interested in endorsing or affiliating.

7. A detailed explanation of the scheme including the history behind CapGlobalCarbon, specific arguments for governments and business and the differences with other capping schemes is now accessible on our website:

8. The Guardian newspaper featured a letter from John Jopling in reaction to the ambition of the paper to work towards practical solutions to climate change.

Kind Regards,

The CapGlobalCarbon Team: John Jopling, Erik-Jan Van Oosten, Mike Sandler, Caroline Whyte and Teresa Carter

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