Published on YouTube Aug 20, 2013 About the Speaker: One of the world’s top climate diplomats, John Ashton is now an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. From 2006-12 he served as Special Representative for Climate Change to three successive UK Foreign Secretaries, spanning the current Coalition and the previous Labour Government. He was a cofounder and, from 2004-6, the first Chief Executive of the think tank E3G. From 1978-2002, after a brief period as a research astronomer, he was a career diplomat, with a particular focus on China. He is a visiting professor at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College.

About the Talk: If you are under 30 today, you are on track to find out in your lifetime what unmanageable climate change will be like. Business,politics and economics seem to have no response. What is going wrong and how can you use your voice if you want this fixed in time to fix your future?

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  • filthracer 8 months ago

    Makes me feel like dropping out of high school all over again, if only I could.

  • eve withoutadam 8 months ago

    well said. I wish more people would listen to talks like this one.. thanks for the talk.

  • gwales 11 months ago

    Yes, we should be very angry with climate ‘skeptics’ who are only skeptical because climate change threatens their economic, political and cultural views. Fuck the planet, let’s make more money!

  • Mirreyna Sayeeda 11 months ago

    I commend this gentleman for his calm and reasoned anger and his respect for and trust in the ability of the younger generation to use their intellectual and fiscal influence to get done a job that ought to have been done a long time ago.
    Change can indeed take place, and the technology to implement it exists already. Let cooler heads prevail: the ranting and raving and stunning self-centeredness shown by both political extremes in all Western countries these days must give way to the truly non-partisan efforts of those who have the scope and perspective to change the way in which we use and produce our energy from now onward.

  • Micky Garcia 11 months ago

    No, I mean like we use irrigation now. We use underground aquifers to irrigate crops. You can’t count on rainfall, it’s too erratic and there’s a substantial amount of capital investment in crops, so part of your costs include transporting water by pump, which is seriously depleting our stores. We’re drawing down glacial meltwater to grow food faster, but once the aquifers are depleted, we’ll have to rely on rainfall and then we’ll be in serious trouble.

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    No farmer is counting on the rain to water his crops… he’s counting on irrigation. you man like the Egyptians, Romans, Chinese etc used Irrigation in the past.

  • Micky Garcia 11 months ago

    No farmer is counting on the rain to water his crops… he’s counting on
    irrigation. The Arab Spring was the result of a sudden sharp increase in
    food prices, mainly due to the fact that the area suddenly became a net
    energy importer. An increase in food prices means that more farming becomes
    economically viable. When food prices rise economic profit is possible,
    which means that he can afford to pay higher water rates.

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    and the actual skill of the farmer himself. The cost of farming is
    expensive enough in a western country, to start opening up land in remote
    eastern regions and in Africa comes with a new set of problems, transport
    to markets has its own problems. The fact that farmers are willing to open
    up new land shows a confidence in the weather, the no 1 enemy of many
    problems involved in farming.

  • Nate Drake 11 months ago

    Excellent link: “In the 2012/2013 season, the global corn harvest plunged
    to 855 million tonnes from 883 million tonnes a year earlier.” you proved
    my point very nicely that at least ONE of the major grains was devastated
    by the drought in 2012/2013. “This upcoming season, however, the US
    Department of Agriculture (USDA) is FORECASTING [emphasis mine] a
    harvest… ” “Everybody EXPECTS [emphasis mine] it to be a record high
    harvest on a global level” You claim expectations are evidence?

  • ZeitgeistNightRadio 11 months ago

    The European’s thought the earth was flat because the church said the earth
    was flat. Religious doctrine holdover to provide a simple answers for the
    little children in grade school. Grade school was the last time the global
    climate change denier’s paid attention in school.

  • Micky Garcia 11 months ago

    What you’re really talking about is cost structure. Farmers are using more
    equipment, more petrochemicals, and more inputs in general in order to grow
    crops. Since the number of farms has increased so much it can produce a
    glut, prices fall. Anyone who fails to keep up can find themselves priced
    out of the market.

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    news.howzit.msn.com/analysts-see-bumper-harvest-for-corn-after-devastating-2012-2

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    took a look a the first and third link but as it was January 2013 and
    February 2013 a lot changed and as it turned out the US had a bumper
    harvest for 2013 as did Canada and pretty much the whole world so not very
    helpful.

  • Nate Drake 11 months ago

    since you asked so nicely here are some further references, all from this
    year: cnb. cx/ZDe4fX cnb. cx/VevRby on-msn. com/1czCLWz bit. ly/H9pQMP

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    CONT… World food prices fell for a fifth month in September to the lowest
    level in three years, with grain prices sliding as production of corn and
    rice is expected to exceed demand. An index of 55 food items tracked by the
    FAO fell to 199.1 points from a revised 201.4 in August, the Rome-based
    United Nations agency wrote in an online report today. The gauge is down
    from a record 237.9 points in February 2011 and at the lowest level since
    September 2010.

  • Nate Drake 11 months ago

    I gave you direct links; why not cite the articles you claim directly? The
    USDA site I linked clearly shows the impacts of the drought on global
    prices. I am very sure not even you will deny direct claims by the USDA.
    But if you feel like it go ahead. But start linking relevant sites/articles
    if you want to be taken seriously. Dates and claims are not citations, you
    at least need the author as well as the publication and date.

  • Nate Drake 11 months ago

    Everywhere. In a world increasingly plagued by drought, even the markets
    can’t keep playing the specious speculation game indefinitely, and the poor
    will always bee the first to suffer for it. cnn. it/RsXsaQ 1. usa.
    gov/1fes8Ge bit. ly/NDhq13

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    where, tell me where for 2013!!

  • Nate Drake 11 months ago

    Wow, it’s almost like there is a global market for products…. That is
    definitely a great reason to ignore the effects of pronounced drought on
    crop yields and it’s affects on the impoverished of the world.

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    reuters, wow who is keeping the prices high, 23 Oct 2013 – With next year’s
    wheat output seen matching 2013’s strong 92.46 million … producer of
    wheat would be a bearish factor for global prices which …

  • laurelbush 11 months ago

    strange how the cooky crumbles!! Corn futures tumbled, capping the biggest
    weekly loss in more than a month, after the government said U.S.
    inventories will double as farms recover from the drought in 2012 to
    produce the biggest crop ever……..

  • Micky Garcia 11 months ago

    The definitive sign of a good climate would be falling food prices.

  • Desertphile 1 year ago

    Excellent talk: thank you.

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