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Closing the Climate Feedback Loop — with Everyday Citizen Opinions

Lars Klüver of the Danish Board of Technology talks about the World Wide Views on Global Warming project he directs that will gather opinions of everyday citizens in 45 countries globally in September 2009 to feed into negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2009. And Colin and Carrick McCullough of talk about their “cross-country eco-video adventure” where they will visit, video, and interview folks advancing sustainability solutions — as well as everyday folks on their thoughts about climate change and this shift toward renewable energy. Finally, this week’s Sea Change ViewPoint comes from Nell Minow of The Corporate Library with commentary on first steps on toxic assets.

Last year at a monthly get-together here in Amherst, Sea Change Co-Host Bill Baue met Dick Sclove, and the two chatted over a beer or two. Sclove worked for years with a nonprofit that coordinated community consultations around the world, and now he’s senior advisor to World Wide Views on Global Warming. That’s an initiative spearheaded by the Danish Board of Technology to gather input to COP15 — the United Nations Conference on Climate Change happening in Copenhagen in December 2009. WWV is coordinating community consultation meetings in 45 countries two months before the conference to gather opinions from everyday citizens on what kinds of climate change policy they’d like to see enacted at COP15. Baue recently spoke with WWV director Lars Klüver from his office in Denmark.

Klüver has agreed to coordinate with Sea Change Radio to cover the events of September 26, and continue following up with interviews of WWV participants around the world.

On the day of producing this episode of Sea Change Radio, the New York Times ran an article on big oil companies expressing skepticism about the shift to renewable energy. On the other end of the spectrum, the McCullough family is full of optimism. They’re gearing up to embark on what they’re calling a “cross-country eco-video adventure” to visit, video, and interview folks working hard to make the transition to renewable energy a reality — no matter what big oil says. They’re heading out from central Massachusetts in early May, and you can follow their progress on the web at Sea Change Radio Co-Host Bill Baue spoke with Colin and his nine-year-old son Carrick, who has been nominated for the President’s Environmental Youth Award.

The McCulloughs have agreed to send dispatches from the road to Sea Change Radio with interviews of folks working on renewable energy and everyday folks’ views on how to tackle climate change.