Contraction and Convergence (C&C) is a good idea. However, the simple truth is that it will not be implemented from the top down. As Mr Sandler points out in his article “citizens may need to form an independent Global Climate Trust that enlightened localities can sign on to.”
A grassroots democratic organisation already exists to do just this – it’s called Simpol. Simpol stands for Simultaneous Policy and the idea is that when all or sufficient nations have agreed to, a policy can be implemented simultaneously. This removes the problem of first mover disadvantage which plagues issues such as this. It is the need to maintain competitiveness in the global marketplace at all costs that paralyzes initiatives such as the COP meetings.
The Simultaneous Policy is actually a series of policies decided by adopters – ordinary citizens – at the grassroots level. These policies are voted on every year. C&C was proposed some time ago for the Simpol Manifesto and in every round of voting since it has been successful and so remains a part of that.
Aubrey Meyer, who devised the idea of C&C spoke at the 2007 Simpol climate change conference and stated he was “…all in favour of [this] remarkable initiative”.(http://www.simpol.org/en/images/Newsletters/simpol-07-summer.pdf)
Check it out for yourselves at: http://www.simpol.org.uk