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ERSCP 2010 - Rethinking growth in the light of Contraction and Convergence 08/29/2013 - 17:53

Abstract: The CONVERGE project is predicated on the concept of 'Contraction and Convergence' (C&C) that informed the Kyoto process. It will explore how this simple concept might be extended to other areas of human activity - particularly consumption of materials and services. C&C links the key social concept of equal rights to emissions with the key ecological need to reduce emissions. CONVERGE aims to rethink globalization by developing our understanding of convergence beyond greenhouse gas emissions to the wider social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainability. In the paper, we first review the C&C literature. Following this, we introduce the project and its theoretical background. The research methodologies originate in systems sciences, designed to integrate social, scientific and economic disciplines. CONVERGE aims to explore convergent sustainability relationships across different scales from local, national, global-regional to global. Key to the success is an interdisciplinary approach and working with stakeholders from civil society, government and business. To provide an example of C&C, the community of Chew Magna (UK) is introduced which decided to account for the impact of its consumption, and address the problems created by it at the individual, community and global level. This resulted in the formation of a charity called The Converging World that is an example of C&C in action. The paper also provides an overview of the communities to be studied from the C&C perspective in Hungary, the UK, Iceland, and India. We close by presenting some preliminary conclusions for community development and policy making.


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ERSCP 2012 - Rethinking growth in the light of Contraction and Convergence - The concept of Contraction and Convergence 08/29/2013 - 17:30

The CONVERGE research project is predicated on the concept of ‘Contraction and Convergence’ (C&C) that informed the Kyoto process. It explores how this simple and elegant concept might be extended to other areas of human activity - particularly consumption of materials and services. C&C links the key social concept of equal rights to emissions with the key ecological need to reduce emissions. It issues a challenge to existing economic systems to develop equitable processes for emission reductions.

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Equity within Limits: introducing the Convergence Mapping System. How organizations can work towards a more equitable and environmentally sustainable world 08/29/2013 - 17:49

Edina Vadovics and Simon Milton, GreenDependent Institute, Hungary

Equity within Limits: introducing the Convergence Mapping System. How organizations can work towards a more equitable and environmentally sustainable world

The Convergence Mapping System was developed and tested in the CONVERGE research project1. Its objective is to show how various types of initiatives and organizations are managing to address the imperatives of both living within the limits of the planet and sharing its resources equitably.

In our paper we first introduce the CONVERGE project and its theoretical background. Our research focused on rights-based approaches to managing resources and originated with the carbon reduction framework called 'Contraction and Convergence'TM developed by Aubrey Meyer and the Global Commons Institute2. Our objective was to link the scientifically-validated need to reduce (i.e. to contract) resource use with a justice-based approach to apportioning the responsibility for doing so (to converge).
This focus was further strengthened by the need expressed in the literature3 – which was re-emphasized in the run up preparations for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – to re-couple environmental goals with the goals of proponents of human development.

In the next section we describe the Convergence Mapping System and provide details of the criteria which can be used to locate initiatives on a map using a coordinate system where the horizontal axis (labelled ‘Limits/Contraction’) shows where initiatives stand in terms of ensuring that resource as well as ecosystem limits are observed, while the vertical axis (labelled ‘Equity/Convergence’) indicates where the initiatives stand in terms of more equally sharing both the benefits (e.g. food, fuel) and the burdens (e.g. responsibilities to reduce emissions, adverse impacts) of resource use.

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Vala Ragnarsdottir presentation on Convergence to the Balaton Group 05/24/2013 - 09:36

Vala Ragnarsdottir presentation on Convergence to the Balaton Group 2012

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Convergence and the Icelandic Food System - Hvernig má nálgast matvælaöryggi á Íslandi 05/24/2013 - 09:45

Vala Ragnarsdottir presents on a convergent transition towards a sustainable Icelandic Food system -  Hvernig má nálgast matvælaöryggi á Íslandi(in Icelandic)

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Presenting the Alliance for Future Generations - Alice Vincent June 15th 2011 06/27/2011 - 16:07

These slides are from Alice Vincent's presentation on the Alliance for Future Generations part of a seminar on Self Interest vs Self Preservation - What are the rights of Future Generations, which took place in Bristol UK on June 15th 2011. Further informations, the podcast accompanying these slides and further resources can be found at: http://www.convergeproject.org/node/107

 

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How will resource scarcity impact industry in Bristol? 05/25/2011 - 15:22

Slides from CONVERGE seminar series session on How resource scarcity might impact industry in Bristol - May 25th 2011

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Policy contradictions and potential synergies for CONVERGE – a critical realist political ecology approach? 09/10/2010 - 13:57

 Dr. Lucy Ford, Oxford Brookes University presented the following slideshow: Policy contradictions and potential synergies for CONVERGE – a critical realist political ecology approach? at the IACR conference in Padova on the 19th - 20th July 2010.

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