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The best change is now clear that it is happening and there is no doubt about that. The earth is facing a crisis that follows on from the one that Rachel Carson foresaw - "environmental change" (in this case, by humans, and to the detriment of the biosphere). AUC is concerned that many in our collective "scientific" communities have concluded that the root of all evil is carbon dioxide. In reality there is much more that drives climate change than CO2. e.g. a range of gases, including water, methane etc. particulate matter, and more importantly perhaps the great cycles, such as the Milankovitch Cycle(s).

The greatest concern of AUC is that many CSOs, researchers, among others naively believe that "we" can stop climate change. Yet this is not. Although this is not to say that humans do not contribute to emissions, as that would be patently wrong. Nonetheless interestingly CO2 levels have been much higher in the past, and have led to positive environmental change, such as the formation of vast forests. However, by talking "climate change" in the way many do, we are giving the public the impression that humans are in control of the Earth�s climate. In truth we are not.

It has been concerned that in the rush to embrace CO2 control, "we" have forgotten about all the other very nasty things that we are doing, polluting with organo-halide compounds, and organophosphates. AUC accepted the environmental steward... Read More

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Why the local food trend won’t cut it in a climate change future

UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism

AUC is a mmber of 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme (10FYP/STP/UNEP) a World Tourism Organization (WTO) on Sustainable Development of Tourism that is Advancing sustainable consumption and production in the tourism sector. In a bid to progress with SDG12, with potential to advance other SDGs as well (among them SDG8 focusing on decent work and economic growth, SDG13 addressing climate change or SDGs14 and SDG15, the 6th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics will be held in Manila (Philippines), on 21-24 June in the context of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The Manila Conference will focus on Measuring Sustainable Tourism and will be a landmark opportunity to discuss methodological advances, explore emerging issues and learn from pioneering country experiences in this area of measurement. The conference information can be accessed at www.mstconference.org

National Consultant to undertake Rapid Assessment of Uganda’s Protected Areas (PAs) Consultancy

Efforts to conserve Uganda’s natural resources, drive responsible, high-earning tourism into the country and make it a destination for high-end paying clients have been constrained by the absence of secure and long-term sources of funding. There is a call for consultancy work in Uganda. The objective of the consultancy is to generate information regarding the feasibility of promoting investments in Protected Areas. The information will be used alongside a study on investment platform commissioned by the NGO Space for Giants to inform the preparation of investment profiles and prospectuses that will be presented by the Government of Uganda to potential investors during the Conservation Investment Forum planned for September or October 2017.

Important Events

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Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption - Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy

GRF’s third international meeting will convene researchers, development practitioners, policy makers and representatives from business, government and civil society to explore critical links between the circular economy, sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods and the Sustainable Development Goals. We will examine the potential for, pathways to, and politics of advancing a global transition from the current linear “throw-away” model to sustainable production and consumption systems and practices in “circular economies.” Keeping with GRF’s emphasis on global perspectives, we will explore these questions across different regions and communities, in both industrialized and developing countries. ​

Conference theme and objectives

The conference explores paths to sustainable production and consumption through the synergies and tensions among the circular economy, sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods, and their implications for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The “circular economy” is proposed as a key business and policy strategy for sustainable development, gaining traction in both the industrialized and developing world. Premised on the recognition that linear economies are unsustainable on a finite planet, the concept of a circular economy proposes a restorative and regenerative economic system, using renewable resources, optimizing resource use and recovery,... Read More