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October 2018
SPECIAL: What new information can we expect in the IPCC report?

How does climate change impact our health?

#RiseForClimate: the movement that echoed around the world

Does your candidate know the agendas of climate, forests and agriculture?

Journalistic channel helps to translate the science of the climate to the layperson

Cities, mobility and environmental impasses

Mobility from the perspective of climate change and gender

LAUNCH: Guide of user rights of public transport

TEDx opens the doors for more walkable cities

Brazil of Tomorrow discusses forests and their importance to society

Who is eligible to receive Green Bonds?

Are the subsidies for clean energy unfair to the consumer?

Tanaloa Dialogue discusses the IPCC report and the fight against climate change

LAST CALL: More buses, less diesel

Creative (and radical) solutions for the traffic and pollution of São Paulo

The environment and natural resources are the largest sources of national pride

Connection of communicators to strengthen strategic areas

REPORTS

GRANTS APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL
SPECIAL: What new information can we expect in the IPCC report?

On October 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations, launches its new report on the impact of global warming on the world – and, principally, on our lives. According to the preview of the document, if greenhouse gas emissions remain at the current rate, the average increase of global temperature will exceed the range of 1.5° C in relation to the pre-industrial level around 2040. It is important to remember that the target of the Paris Agreement is to prevent this from happening by the end of the century.

One of the early reviews of the document indicates, however, that achieving the main objective of the Agreement by 2100 may be insufficient to stop the destabilization of the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland, which would produce a significant rise in the sea level in the coming centuries. According to the interim summary, the dream of stabilizing the warming to + 1.5° C demands neutrality in the CO2 emissions by the middle of the century - in other words, less greenhouse gas emissions than we are capable of removing from the atmosphere. If this actually happens by 2030, our chances increase, assesses the IPCC.

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On the eve of the elections, Brazilians have the opportunity to check with the Observatory of the Climate regarding the  climate platform  of the presidential candidates. Issues such as the decarbonization of the economy, combating deforestation and encouraging clean energy were compared with the agendas of each candidate, in addition to their declarations. The maintenance of the country in the Paris Agreement is one of the topics. We have expectations that we will make the best choices for the collective good in Brazil!

 

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CLIMATE POLICY AND OUTREACH
How does climate change impact our health?

The multiple risks of climate change to human health, their consequences and current stories of their respective impacts were the central subjects of the International Event on Climate and Health, held on September 13, 2018, in Brasilia. Organized by the partnership between iCS and the German Embassy, the event brought together professionals, experts and students. The presentations demonstrated national and international perspectives with respect to the interwoven agendas of climate and health. Among the various speeches, Helen Gurgel, a coordinator from the Geography, Environment and Health Laboratory of the University of Brasilia (UnB), presented the division exposed in the last report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) about the effects of climate on health: direct (storms, droughts, floods and heatwaves) indirect (water quality, air pollution and ecological changes) and the social dynamics.

Credit: Gustavo Amora

The event brought experts from Mozambique, Canada and Germany, demonstrating their different experiences in each one of these cultural contexts. Among the Brazilian speakers, the presentations provided some alarming data – such as, for example, the effects of atmospheric pollution on pregnancy and on the fetus, which may cause low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction and prematurity, among other consequences. Watch the video in full and access the repercussions of the digital publications in Valor Econômico, Deutsche Welle Brasil, Fiocruz, Gife and UOL.

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NEWS: based on the event, iCS will launch a web series called "Climate + Health", which has recommendations for the authorities, content and more information about the subject in small videos recorded by the speakers during the international meeting. Coming soon!

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#RiseForClimate: the movement that echoed around the world

September 8, 2018, went down in history. Over 250,000 climate activists held 900 activities in 95 countries, including a march of 30,000 people on the streets of San Francisco (USA), in order to fight for the end of the use of fossil fuels and to adopt an immediate and fair transition to 100% clean and renewable energy for everyone. Groups such as 350.org, which lead the protests, have a central proposal to challenge the power of the industry of pollutants. The movement, which last month promoted actions in seven continents - from Paris to Fiji -, challenges investors to disinvest over $ 10 trillion by 2020.

The executive director, May Boeve, guaranteed that the intention is to generate a large mobilization to the point of impeding the development of fossil fuel projects in any part of the planet.

"We work with thousands of groups all around the world that are on the front line of this battle and the movement is growing every day," she concluded. Click here for more information!

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Does your candidate know the agendas of climate, forests and agriculture?

The Brazil Coalition launched the site For the Good Use of the Land, which is a tool to pressurize candidates to make commitments with respect to the climate, forests and agriculture. In addition to highlighting the 28 proposals made by the coalition, which can be implemented in a four-year mandate and will help the country to start a revolution in the use of land, it is possible to send automatic messages to the main presidential candidates. An excellent alternative to show support or criticism of the proposals. Click here!

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Journalistic channel helps to translate the science of the climate to the layperson

The Galileu magazine has created a channel with the support of ClimaInfo in order to provide special coverage of the IPCC report. The Galileu e o Clima channel gathers together reports, infographics and videos to explain the science of the climate to the general public. It is on air from September to October. The magazine is also publishing articles about the subject in the October and November issues of their printed editions. "Climate change has become one more of the several issues that causes polarization in our society today," says Giuliana de Toledo, editor-in-chief of the Galileu magazine. "In order to combat misinformation in this field, science is extremely important. Galileu has the mission to translate scientific knowledge so that the lay reader can understand the scale of the problems that we are facing, which cannot be ignored by ideological or other issues. Our coverage intends to not only warn about the changes, but also to indicate methods to confront what is being studied.” All the content is published here. Be sure to follow!  

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TRANSPORT
Cities, mobility and environmental impasses

Held in Sao Paulo on September 4, 2018, the seminar "Public policy in a debate: what we know, what we want" gathered together several experts for an interdisciplinary debate. Among them, the trio Ciro Biderman (principal researcher of the Center for Policy and Economic Studies of the Public Sector - CEPESP/FGV), Paula Santoro (an urbanist and urban planner and professor at USP) and Walter Figueiredo de Simoni (transport coordinator - iCS) talked about cities, mobility and environmental impasses. "We know that a bus replaces 30 cars on average, and emits the equivalent of two cars. Everybody knows, but no one wants to face the problem," says Ciro.

Among the topics covered in the meeting organized by NexoJornal in partnership with Insper, Cebrap and Gife, it was highlighted, for example, that most of the Brazilian population lives in cities and that transport is the main producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the urban centers. In addition to alternatives such as the bicycle, the discussion also addressed the need to change the traditional procurement model in public transport because of the difficulty of competition with apps – such as Uber or 99, and the urgency to hear who effectively needs the services and the equipment of the cities.

The impact of mobility intensifies in terms of class, race, gender and between people with disabilities and reduced mobility. Data suggests that 74% of women use public or active transport. The inequality of color/race is expressed among the population that spends between 4 and 5 hours every day traveling to and from work.

Watch one of the videos of the media coverage of the seminar and the main results of the event.

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Mobility from the perspective of climate change and gender

What has climate change got to do with mobility and gender? This was the starting point of the debate organized by the movement Nossa BH, on September 18, 2018, which emphasized the encouragement of social participation in the formation and control of the municipal policies of Belo Horizonte (MG). It is known that transport is not only the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in cities, but also that it has an impact on gender and social class among people who spend more time on their daily commute. During the meeting, there was also the launch of “#Guia Mudemos o Sistema, Não o Clima,”(in French) [Let’s Change the System, Not the Climate Guide], adapted from the French edition published by the collective Attac France (Officiel).

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LAUNCH: Guide of user rights of public transport

Informing citizens about their consumer rights of public transport is a mission. Therefore, the main objective of the User Guide of Public Transport, launched in September by the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense (Idec), is to disseminate as much as possible the information from the document. It contains the rights of users established by four federal legislation: the National Policy of Urban Mobility (Law 12587/12), the Consumer Defense Code (Law 8078/90), the Law of the Rights of the User of Public Services (Law 13460/17) and the Law of Concessions (Law 8987/95). In addition to indicating what the rights are, the material also provides guidance about where and how to claim them. Download here!

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TEDx opens the doors for more walkable cities

TEDxCampinas paves the way for mobility! Gabriela Callejas, a director of the Cidade Ativa organization, was invited to explain the reasons and experiences that had led her to work in favor of pedestrians. With the speech "What moves us? Five (or more) reasons to fight for walkable cities," Gabriela showed the audience that the prioritization of walking mobility produces more inclusive, healthy and efficient cities and reduces the dependence on the use of cars, as well as strengthening the sense of citizenship. Watch the video!

It is now the turn of Colombia to reflect on the theme. Como Anda, a project developed by Cidade Ativa e Corrida Amiga with the support of iCS, was selected to participate at the International Conference of Pedestrians Walk 21, in Bogota, this month. Follow our coverage of the event between October 15 to 29. To learn more, access the site of Walk 21.

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LOW CARBON ECONOMY
Brazil of Tomorrow discusses forests and their importance to society

The Platform 2018: Brazil of Tomorrow held the seventh event of the series of meetings at the Museum of Tomorrow, addressing the theme of Economy of the Forests. Adalberto Verissimo, a senior researcher and co-founder of Imazon, criticized the deforestation in the Amazon and emphasized the importance of monitoring the forest.

Adriana Ramos, from the Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA), reinforced the idea that the market needs to understand and recognize the actual dynamic of the forest and how it has an impact on other sectors, such as agriculture. The latest debates from the Platform 2018 are about Energy (October 1, 2018) and Education (October 15, 2018). Watch the debate about Forests here!

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Who is eligible to receive Green Bonds?

"Do Not Miss This Bond: activities and projects eligible for the issue of Green Bonds in key sectors of the Brazilian economy" is the title of the publication launched by SITAWI, supported by the Institute for Climate and Society. The study seeks debate and stimulus for the growth in the volume of the Brazilian market of Green Bonds - aligned to the environmental and climate agenda of the country. There are, in total, 104 activities and technologies that are eligible to receive resources from Green Bonds presented by the guide. These are in nine key sectors of the Brazilian economy: Agriculture, Biofuels, Electricity, Forestry, Real Estate, Industry, Sanitation and Waste, Transport and Finance, with the latter operating transversally in relation to the other sectors. Learn about the excellent study of SITAWI!

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ENERGY
Are the subsidies for clean energy unfair to the consumer?

This was one of the issues addressed by the meeting "Reform of the Electricity Sector", held on September 19, 2018, in Sao Paulo. The event was organized by the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEMA). In the audience, there were researchers from the field of energy and professionals from the third sector. At the meeting, Rutelly Marques da Silva, a legislative consultant from the Federal Senate, reflected on the social impacts of the price of electricity and the environmental impacts of the generation sources. He was part of the team from the Ministry of Mines and Energy that proposed the reform, in progress before Congress. Rutelly was the deputy secretary of the Department of Economic Monitoring of the Ministry of Finance. He was also on the board of directors of the utility company, Light, of the National Department of Infrastructure of Transport and of the Energy Research Company, as well as on the audit committee of the Banco da Amazônia.

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EVENTS
Tanaloa Dialogue discusses the IPCC report and the fight against climate change

Tanaloa is a traditional word used in Fiji, which reflects a process of inclusive, participative and transparent dialogue. This resulted in the Tanaloa Dialogue for Climate, a group that will make a presentation in partnership with the CEBDS at the Tanaloa Dialogue event, on October 19, 2018, between 13:00 and 18:00, at the Museum of Tomorrow (RJ). With the objective of submitting business and civil society contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC), the meeting will have a keynote address regarding the IPCC Special Report about the Global Warming of 1.5º C, as well as panels discussing the participation of companies in compliance with the Paris Agreement and the role of society in the fight against climate change. See the program and please register

 

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RESEARCHES AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
LAST CALL: More buses, less diesel

How to change the public transport in your city? Be part of this movement with your organization and your partners. The Purpose will support groups of institutions and movements in three Brazilian cities that want to campaign for the replacement of buses using diesel to those using clean fuels in their cities or metropolitan areas. The invitation is open to all Brazil (except for the city of São Paulo) and will receive campaign proposals until October 5, 2018. Each selected group will be offered: i) a continuous mentoring of a policy, communication and articulation strategy; ii) the production of communication materials; iii) the translation of knowledge and complex information about energy transition for the population; iv) and R$ 10,000.00 for use in the campaign. Tomorrow is the last day of registration! Spread the word in your city and participate: http://www.maisonibusmenosdiesel.org

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Creative (and radical) solutions for the traffic and pollution of São Paulo

Did you know that the millions of cars, trucks and buses that circulate around São Paulo are responsible for over 90% of the air pollution in the city? With the intention of uncovering creative solutions for the problem, the What Design Can Do and the IKEA Foundation opened the Clean Energy Challenge Sao Paulo. Professionals from around the world can submit ideas that have radical opportunities for the traffic, reducing the dependency on motor vehicles, encouraging active mobility and carpooling. In Brazil, the registrations must be made by November 15, 2018. The winners, whose projects must be innovative, practical, scalable, accessible and easy to understand, will share an award package that includes a production budget and a personalized acceleration program. Participate!

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The environment and natural resources are the largest sources of national pride

Launched in the month of commemoration of Amazon Day (September 5) and Cerrado Day (September 11), two Brazilian biomasses threatened with extinction, a survey by IBOPE Inteligência, commissioned by the WWF-Brazil, about what Brazilians think about protected areas and the environment revealed a population with more desire to get closer to nature. According to the figures, 27% of the interviewees, (between June 21 to 26, 2018) believed that deforestation is the main threat to the environment, while 26% say that it is water pollution. Among the greatest reasons of pride for the country, the environment and natural resources appear in the first place - with 39%, ahead of quality of life (30%) and the diversity of population and culture (26%). For the question about the desire to have more contact with nature than at present, 91% said yes. It is worth remembering that in the same survey, conducted in 2014, only 84% said yes to the same question. Read the complete survey!

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COMMUNICATION
Connection of communicators to strengthen strategic areas

Professionals who work with the communication of causes of public interest had two opportunities to converse about the concept of "Transforming Communication", in São Paulo. The first was the initiative of the Narrativas network - a movement for the organizations of civil society to find strategies to provide agendas and to generate changes - launched during the X Congress GIFE. At the meeting, two cases were presented with the participation of Juliana de Faria (Think Olga NGO) and Fernanda Cortez (Menos 1 Lixo). The two examples demonstrated the communication as a strategic vector to generate the social transformation in different target publics. Watch the event here!


Another initiative that exceeded the expectations of the public was the Social Media Week Sao Paulo. The largest social media event in Latin America attracted approximately 8,000 people to the ESPM, with the following numbers: 260 activities including workshops and debates by 318 professionals from the communication, business and technology markets. The participants included Bruna Galvão, campaign manager, and Caio Coimbra, communication manager - both from Purpose. In a panel entitled "Communicating Causes: how to plan and make an impact on people", the pair showed how story-telling can engage different players in a strategy of social impact. Click here to see the narrative!

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Reports
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Grants Approved in September
Grant Amount
R$115.000,00
Grant Period
6 months
Portfolio
Climate Policy and Outreach

Conectas Direitos Humanos

Purpose of Grant: To foster the development of a legal field dedicated to climate litigation in Brazil by supporting Conectas´s strategy in climate change and human rights.

Grant Amount
R$275.000,00
Grant Period
12 months
Portfolio
Transport

Casa Fluminense

Purpose of Grant: The project will strengthen the Monitoring Group for Urban Mobility within the context of Casa Fluminense's proposed long-term 2030 vision. By using metrics and indicators, bringing key institutions such as ITDP, as well as important local groups, will this group be able to analyze objectively the developments in the urban mobility topics, while promoting access to opportunities and reducing inequalities..

Grant Amount
R$30.000,00
Grant Period
6 months
Portfolio
Energy

COPPE-UFRJ

Purpose of Grant: This project aims to investigate the role of Brazil in a global context of climate stabilization, with an emphasis on the economic issue. The study incorporates evaluation of a global carbon market, mitigation options and economic impacts related to the compliance of Brazilian NDC. This research ensures continuity in the development of the TEA (Total-Economy Assessment) computable general equilibrium model, which is one of the objectives of this project.

Grant Amount
R$290.000,00
Grant Period
2 months
Portfolio
Climate Policy and Outreach

CPI - Climate Policy Initiative Brasil

Purpose of Grant:

To advance Brazil's climate agenda in the transition to the next administration, the project strives to achieve the following outcomes: 
1. Link financial incentives to environmental compliance in the Plano Safra.
2. Improve compensation requirements for legal deforestation.
3. Test accountability mechanisms to process illegal deforestation and protect secondary vegetation.

Grant Amount
R$30.000,00
Grant Period
6 months
Portfolio
Energy

CEBDS – Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável

Purpose of Grant: To strength the sustainable development culture within the private sector, the Sustentável 2018 will engage executives towards the adoption of internal carbon pricing in corporations as an instrument for strategic planning and decision making support in an age of transition to a low carbon economy.

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