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Atlas of Utopias: 2019 Transformative Cities Featured Initiatives

The Atlas of Utopias is a global gallery of inspiring community-led transformation in water, energy, housing and food. It features 34 communities from 24 countries working on radical solutions to our world’s systemic economic, social and ecological crises.

Source: Transformative Cities

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. The Carbon Majors Report “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions”. Traditionally, large scale greenhouse gas emissions data is collected at a national level but this report focuses on fossil fuel producers. Compiled from a database of publicly available emissions figures, it is intended as the first in a series of publications to highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change.

Source: the Guardian

Global momentum is building to reject TiSA

Global momentum is building to reject TiSA, the trade in services agreement. Public Services International has published a report on the dangers of the agreement for the action plan against climate change adopted at the COP 21 climate conference at the end of 2015. TiSA Versus Climate Action: Trading Away Energy Democracy reports that “since TiSA talks define any and all activity related to energy—from exploration to distribution—as ‘energy related services,’ including government procurement, ERS would effectively extend over energy and climate policy the global trade rules that prioritize private investment and export expansion above all other public interests.” UNI Global Union has also issued a call for a global democratic debate on TiSA.

Source: peopleoverprof.it

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Remunicipalization, the Low-Carbon Transition, and Energy Democracy (by Andrew Cumbers)

The term “remunicipalization” has become associated with a global trend to reverse the privatization wave that swept many countries—both industrialized and developing—in the 1980s and 1990s. In particular, remunicipalization processes in the energy sector have the potential to create significant momentum in combating climate change. What is behind these developments?

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Diversifying Public Ownership. Constructing Institutions for Participation, Social Empowerment and Democratic Control (by Andrew Cumbers)

This paper advocates a form of economic democracy based around diverse forms of public ownership. It does not prioritize one particular scale but recognizes the importance of decentralized forms of public ownership, to encourage greater public participation and engagement, mixed with higher level state ownership, for strategic sectors and planning for key public policy goals (e.g. tackling climate change). It takes a deliberately pluralistic definition of public ownership, recognizing both state ownership and the role that cooperatives and employee ownership could play in a more democratic economy.

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THE CHARLEVOIX G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal grouping of seven of the world’s advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The forum offers an opportunity for G7 Leaders, Ministers and policy makers to come together each year to build consensus and set trends around some of today’s most challenging global issues.

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The Atlas of Utopias 2019

Welcome to the Atlas of Utopias - a unique collection of community-led transformations to ensure access to water, energy, food and housing. As we face climate breakdown, access to basic rights like water, food, energy and housing are becoming increasingly strained. Cities and collectives around the world are experimenting with new ways to practice democracy and secure access to basic rights. An initiative by Transformative Cities, the atlas features 33 stories of transformative change from 24 countries. About the Transformative Cities initiative: https://transformativecities.org/

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