Friday, August 17, 2012

'En buena tierra, buena comida' (video)

EN BUENA TIERRA, BUENA COMIDA from Carlo Brescia on Vimeo.

  • Selección Oficial V FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA SOCIOAMBIENTAL, Río de Janeiro/Brasil 2011
  • Selección X MUESTRA DE DOCUMENTAL PERUANO, Lima/Perú 2011

TITULO ORIGINAL: Alli Allpachaw, Alli Miki
AÑO: 2011 / DURACIÓN: 26 minutos / PAÍS: Perú
SINOPSIS.- Entre los años 2008 y 2010, el proyecto “Mejoramiento de la Soberanía Alimentaria en la zona andina de Ancash” se ejecutó en 20 comunidades en los distritos de Carhuaz y de Pamparomás, ubicadas en la Cordillera Negra. Más de 300 familias han instalado biohuertos y se han capacitado en alimentación sana con los objetivos de autoabastecerse en alimentos diversificados y disminuir la desnutrición infantil, que caracterizaba a muchos de los niños. Las madres de familia, principales protagonistas de este proceso de cambio, comparten algunas lecciones de esta experiencia.

Realización, Producción, Cámara y Edición: Carlo Brescia Seminario
Edición Online y Post de Imagen: Javier Becerra Heraud
Intérprete y Traducción: Sandra Paria Salazar
Post Sonora: Carlos Cuya Torres

Las familias de los distritos de Carhuaz y Pamparomás CON EL FINANCIAMIENTO DE
Asociación Andina de Desarrollo Sostenible - ANDES
Junta de Desarrollo Distrital de Pamparomás

La Cooperación Belga al Desarrollo
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Porter & Mykleby: We Need Sustainable National Security (video)

Col. Mark Mykleby (USMC) and Capt. Wayne Porter (USN) present their grand strategy for security in the complex, global, always-on 21st century. Porter and Mykleby, writing under the pseudonym Mr. Y, undertook to update the United States’ national security strategy priorities, recognizing that Containment Theory was no long sufficient to address the strategic challenges of the globalized 21st century. Their findings show that only a national project oriented toward sustainability on all fronts can achieve reliable security in the multilateral relational matrix of these times.

Read their National Security Narrative here: 

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For more information on how to help build the sustainable future: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Save our Climate Act of 2011 (complete transcript)

This is the full text of the Save our Climate Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) in the United States House of Representatives, on October 25, 2011. 

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From Rep. Stark’s statement of introduction on the floor of the House

A steadily rising carbon tax will provide the certainty American businesses needs to make the long-term investments in new energy sources that will break our addiction to fossil fuels.  The United States can be the leader in green energy.  A carbon tax will help to unleash American innovation and create jobs.  That is why economists across the ideological spectrum—from Arthur Laffer and Alan Blinder on the right, to Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz on the left—have endorsed the idea.  Through border adjustments, my legislation will protect American manufacturers and ensure that imported goods from countries like China are not given an unfair advantage over American products.

At a time of deep budget cuts meant to reduce the deficit, a carbon tax can be part of the deficit solution.  My legislation will dedicate $437 billion toward deficit reduction over 10 years.  In addition, the Save Our Climate Act will protect families from increased energy prices.  Revenue generated will be distributed back to individuals as a yearly dividend to all Americans. The average dividend in the first year of the bill would be $172 per person, rising to $761 in the fifth year and $1126 in the tenth year. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

South Africa Carbon Tax Plan: Paper for Public Comment

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A carbon tax appears to be the most appropriate mechanism to reduce GHG emissions in South Africa, creating incentives for emissions reduction at least cost to the economy. While it would not guarantee a fixed quantitative reduction in such emissions over the short term, a carbon tax set at an appropriate level and phased in over time would provide a strong price signal and certainty to both producers and consumers, acting as an incentive for more environmentally friendly behaviour over the long term.

Taxes on carbon afford firms the flexibility to undertake emissions reductions according to their specific processes and provide the long-term price certainty necessary for investment decisions. Ideally, a carbon tax should apply directly to emissions of CO2 but for administrative reasons this is not feasible. The next best option is a proxy carbon tax on fossil fuel inputs.

The main body of this discussion document is structured as a technical paper. The remainder of the paper is structured as follows:

  • Background
  • Climate change and its effects
  • Economics of climate change 
  • Policy instruments to address climate change 
  • Environmentally related Pigouvian taxes 
  • Tax policy design considerations 
  • International practice 
  • Revenue use – revenue recycling, tax shifting and/or earmarking 
  • Potential impacts of carbon taxation for South Africa.

The next phase of government’s investigation into a carbon pricing regime will elaborate on the economics, design and practicality of an emissions trading scheme. This will involve an analysis of implemented and proposed emissions trading schemes internationally. The policy discussion document is expected to be published for comment next year.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

UN Report on ‘The Great Green Technological Transformation’

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This UN report, from the Department of Economica and Social Affairs (DESA), details the ongoing technological transformation tied to the emerging clean energy economy. This landmark report calls for a major conceptual and process-oriented transformation of the industrial economy. The green economy will be a new paradigm for economic development, at the global and the local scales. The report finds:

To achieve this goal, a radically new economic strategy will be needed. Economic decision- making, by Governments and private agents alike, will need to focus on ways to strength- en, rather than endanger, environmental sustainability. The “green economy” has been promoted as the key concept in this regard—the concept that embodies the promise of a new development paradigm, whose application has the potential to ensure the preservation of the earth’s ecosystem along new economic growth pathways while contributing at the same time to poverty reduction.

The report also calls for a commitment to building Green National Innovation Systems (G-NIS) across the world, to spark, speed and sustain the transformation.