Friday, November 10, 2006

A busy day in London: CarbonSense, Carbon Planet, Nicholas Stern

The day before i came back from London was a busy one.

The morning was mainly taken up with looking into the news coverage on the climate march, prophets of hope project and action at the CAA. I also tried to hook up with Peter Martin of CarbonSense, left a phone message and sent an email before heading off to meet up with Dave Sag of CarbonPlanet.

I arrived at the Medcalf Bar near Farringdon just a bit on the early side and listened in on a conversation that Dave was having about the advantages of running a carbon offset company as a business as apposed to an Non-Proffit.

Then I had a chat to Dave and Vivienne about there reason for being in the UK, the Shefield International Documentary Festival. Then we spoke about climate change in general, transparent carbon offests, certification, the London climate march and the fact that most uk houses are to hot for Australians to live in. Are we obsessed with overheating building and wasting energy?

After picking up a bit more info on Carbon Planet, it was time to get back to Brixton and check for emails. Had Peter got back to me? It turned out he had and after only 10 minutes I was on the Victoria line again and heading back to Farringdon for another meeting in a pub.

Peter and I spoke for some time about climate change policy, marketing action, and technologies. We also spoke about the work that carbonsense do and the potential for me to contribute to the business. The core of what they do seems to be (as the name suggests) making sense of what a carbon constrained environment means --both in terms of responsibilities and opportunities--to various steakholders: the public, businesses, ngo's and local councils.

Thinking that i`d already had a pretty interesting day I headed back to Brixton for something to eat and a rest. That wasn't to happen. Nicholas Stern was giving a talk at the London School of Economics about his climate change review. So back on the Victoria line for the n'th time and off to LSE. The talk was far from insperational--a bit to dry, but it did clarify a few matters for me and it was good to see the around 900 people packing out the main theatre and two theatres with video links! If you don't mind sitting through an hour long presentation on the economics of climate change and would like to see Sterns' talk then it is here (courtesy of the BBC). Thanks to Oisin for that link.

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