Global Climate Action Plan
Question:What should be the world’s plan to address climate change?
Submit Proposals: https://www.climatecolab.org/contests/2015/global-climate-action-plan
Deadline: Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 23:59:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Judging Criteria & Prizes: See below.
There are major opportunities to address climate change at the sectoral (e.g. transport, buildings, industry, energy supply), regional (e.g. China, United States, India, Europe), and state/local levels, as demonstrated by other Climate CoLab contests. But ultimately, the combination of all actions taken across the planet will dictate how much progress humankind makes in dealing with climate change.
This contest invites Climate CoLab members to create an integrated vision for what actions the world as a whole can take.
Articulating a vision for the world as a whole has great potential value, since it can demonstrate that there is a plausible path forward. And such a vision can serve as a roadmap for the many disparate organizations and people whose actions will be needed to achieve a successful outcome.
To create such overall visions for the world, the proposals in this contest are integrated proposals that include one regional plan for each of the six following regions: China, India, the United States, Europe, other developing countries, and other developed countries. People who contribute to the winning global proposals and to the sub-proposals they contain will all receive Climate CoLab Points.
This contest is part of a pilot test of a new initiative in the Climate CoLab to develop integrated proposals for addressing climate change at the regional and global levels. Learn more. If you have feedback on the approach, please let us know by sending email to email@example.com.
Specific questions about how to submit proposals into this contest can be directed to the contest Fellows. You can contact them by opening their profile and sending a CoLab Message on the site, or posting a comment on the Contest Discussion page.
You are invited to discuss about strategies for creating regional and global climate action plans with the Climate CoLab community on the Forum.
Plans will be evaluated based on:
1. How well you have selected a combination of individual proposals that are strong in the four judging criteria: feasibility, novelty, impact and presentation quality.
2. How well you have combined the different proposals to articulate a broad, coherent, and feasible vision for what the entire world can do about climate change.
The top proposals and winner will be recognized and widely publicized by the Climate CoLab. They will also receive Climate CoLab Points and the top point-getters will receive shares of a Climate CoLab Points.
Climate CoLab Points
An integrated proposal (such as a regional or global plan) includes ideas from all the people who contributed to the sub-proposals, not just those who created the integrated proposal itself. To recognize all these contributions, a winning integrated proposal receives CoLab Points that are distributed among all these people. The top point-getters will receive shares of a cash prize of $10,000. Read more.
Key elements of proposals
Any comprehensive combination of actions to address climate change across the world as a whole must necessarily involve:
multiple sectors of the economy, especially segments of the energy and agricultural industries;
activity at multiple geographic levels (international, national, regional, and local),
interventions in the technical, biological, and geological systems that directly affect the earth’s carbon cycle as well as interventions in the economic and political systems, and behavioral patterns, that shape the relevant physical systems.
When creating your plan, you should also:
Select plans for each region. Use the proposal picker tool to search for and select the regional plans that you wish to incorporate
Describe how these fit together into a coherent whole. An important element of any integrated global proposal is an explanation of how the multiple regional plans can be brought together into an integrated plan.
Include a computer simulation model run. The model run is required. It has as its inputs combinations of future policies and energy technologies, and as its outputs a global emission pathway through 2100 and the resulting environmental and economic impacts. To do this, you will be able to create their own model runs using a partial version of EnROADS, a fast running simulator developed by Climate Interactive, or select from 30 model runs done as part of the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum’s EMF27 exercise.
Specify the allocations of CoLab points to people who have contributed to the proposal.
The following background information seeks to provide guidance and contextual framing for proposal developers for the Global Climate Action Plan contest.
Resources for Proposal Authors from Contest Advisors & Fellows
2015 marks a critical year on climate change and sustainable development, with the culmination of two major UN processes intended to shape the next several decades of global progress on each. Both come at a ripe time, with 1.1 billion people still living without access to electricity, energy production and use accounting for over two-thirds of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, and global population size predicted to surpass 9.6 billion by 2050.
New global Sustainable Development Goals, successors to the Millennium Development Goals  launched in 2000, are anticipated to be agreed at the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda,  to be held in September 2015. In addition to containing a dedicated goal for “urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts,” the latest draft  of these goals includes a number of other objectives with significant linkages  to climate change, including energy access, poverty alleviation, food and water security, and resilient infrastructure.
Meanwhile, 195 countries from across the globe have agreed to forge a new international climate agreement later this year, which will come into effect by 2020. This new agreement builds on a 1992 international treaty called the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  and is expected to be reached by the end of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21)  to be held in Paris, France, from November 30 - December 11, 2015.
The first part of the year has seen compelling momentum toward this end, from the moral call to action in Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change, to major corporations pledging their support for an international agreement and directing financing toward low-carbon investments, to many countries’ submitting their intended emissions reductions “contributions” toward a new agreement. As of early September 2015, thirty of these “intended nationally-determined contributions” have been submitted to the UN, in anticipation of COP21, and accounting for approximately 64.5%  of global emissions to date. This includes major economies and heavy emitters like the United States, China, and the European Union:
United States: Committed to 26% to 28% economy-wide emissions reductions below 2005 levels in 2025, with “best efforts” to attain 28%.
China: Committed to peaking carbon dioxide emissions around 2030, and making “best efforts” to do so earlier.
European Union: Committed to least a 40% domestic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, as compared to 1990 levels.
Several analytic bodies have begun to assess and compare how these various national plans add up globally, and what criteria  the global community might use to compare them. A few of these resources include:
RTCC Paris Tracker 
C2ES iNDC Comparison 
Climate Observer 
Still, many fear that the cumulative emissions reductions reached with this agreement may not be enough to forestall harmful impacts from climate change, and that even more may need to be done in the near-term.
Key topics to consider in informing proposals toward the Global Contest include:
Sustainable Development and Climate Change:
How are the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing climate change globally interrelated, and might there be mutually beneficial solutions that further both aims?
Global Markets, Financial Mechanisms, and Trade:
How might global markets or international trade influence the trajectory of global emissions?
Are there financial mechanisms, market changes, or trade remedies that may signal needed shifts to the global marketplace?
How might the private sector and large multilateral corporations contribute to shifting market trends away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner sources of energy?
Urbanization, Cities, and the Role of Green Infrastructure:
How might the increasing urbanization of the world’s population affect climate change, and are there useful strategies that may apply to mega-cities or municipalities?
What role may urban and land use planning, and preservation of green spaces play in affecting municipal emissions?
Technology and Innovation:
Are there new technological innovations that can yield solutions?
What can be done to speed up the adoption of these innovations?
Public Education and Communications, Individual and Collective Actions:
Are there public education, youth engagement, or communications initiatives that could contribute to solutions?
Can individuals take actions that, when compounded, make changes significant enough to effect global change?
What are your proposals for how the global community can most effectively address climate change?
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