The following piece is written by Aubrey Meyer, Creator of Contraction and Convergence (C&C). Aubrey has also proposed C&C for the Simultaneous Policy Process and it has both gained and maintained significant support amongst Simpol supporters. It has passed several yearly rounds of voting, achieving more than 50% on the vote on each and every occasion.
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Since 1992 the goal or ‘objective’ of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC] has been to achieve a safe and stable greenhouse gas [GHG] concentration in the future global atmosphere. So with regard to the human GHG emissions raising those concentrations, the UNFCCC Executive said in 2004, “achieving the objective of the UNFCCC inevitably requires [emissions] contraction and convergence”: –http://www.gci.org.uk/C&C_Janos_Pasztor_UNFCCC.pdf
The key to understanding the Contraction and Convergence [C&C] event needed is: –
 that C&C is full-term. In other words it is not short-term nor is it long-term, it is full-term and a full-term-contraction-and-convergence-event is needed for compliance with the UNFCCC goal or objective, and
 as we continue to cause this climate problem faster than we have responded to avoid it, this C&C-event will have to be shorter than many people realize and
 if the C&C-event is to happen at all, a rational structure for it is inevitably required: –
The structure of string-length in music, as observed by Pythagoras 2,500 years ago, provides the core of how C&C is rationally structured: –http://www.gci.org.uk/music.html
The discovery and recognition of this structure as a ‘universal constant’ was recently called by Stephen Hawking ‘the first recorded law of theoretical physics’. The understanding of Simultaneous Policy here is key as, like music, the process is numerate and as an integral, it is simultaneously governed by two reference rates where we are both : –
 in-tune the global community is moving all together and
 in-time on a global path to that completes soon enough for UNFCCC-compliance.
In other words UNFCCC-compliance isn’t going to happen of its own accord in a ‘free-market-accident’. It is going to have to be organised.
Consequently, any attempt to measure the necessary C&C-event in the unit money is useless, as this unit – unless it is ‘told’ – doesn’t know where it’s going. Indeed, economists still think that ‘string-length of the economy’ is like Woody Allen’s version of eternity: – “a very long time, especially towards the end” and have responded to the climate-politics of UNFCCC-compliance in this way. All this approach has managed to achieve in the last twenty years in relation to the UNFCCC, was to try and effect Kyoto’s market-based-framework.
As the process around this has become divorced from the discipline needed for UNFCCC-compliance, it has failed and won’t be renewed beyond COP-17 at the end of this year.
However, what is necessary for UNFCCC-compliance is a C&C-event. Measuring this as carbon-per-person-per-unit-time-subject-to-the-objective-of-the-UNFCCC is as simple as all string-players knowing that the length of a piece of string is exactly twice half its length: –http://www.gci.org.uk/animations/vibrating-strings.swf
All music comes from the deep-simplicity of that numerate and beautiful structure.
Rates of C&C are governed by this nested structure where: –
 urgency will require faster rates of global contraction and
 equity will require faster rates of international convergence: –
C&C is governed by this structure and money, assuming it is still relevant at all, is governed by C&C and perhaps the framework-based market that it can be seen as giving rise to.
Protecting the future economy and eradicating poverty – if these are still achievable – are obviously functions of this C&C agreement, as these two things require a functioning human-habitat on a planet not ravaged by runaway rates of climate change.
Any attempt to still try and muddle through with money-led arrangements leads to further deadlock. Continuing to do too-little too-late leads to the completion of failure where both rich and poor are liquidated in the dangerous climate consequences of this failure.
C&C is classic simultaneous policy and has much support: – http://www.gci.org.uk/endorsements.html
With good reason, the hypocritical, hysterical and structureless alternatives don’t**: http://www.gci.org.uk/public/COP_15_C&C.swf
** This lack of support is not least because the loudest advocates of these alternatives now includes the Charitable GONGO CEOs dominating the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, whose salaries are in excess of $100,000/yr. These people shamelessly make personal carbon-footprints of around 100 tonnes Carbon/yr *** . . . . and that, as they must realize, will truly Stamp-On rather than Stamp-Out Poverty [as they claim to want]: – http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/climate_change/downloads/assessing_alternatives_climate_change_nef_briefing.pdf
*** Global GDP 2010 – $60 trillion
Global carbon emissions 2010 – 6 billion tonnes
$100,000 [@ $1,000/tonne] = 100 tonnes carbon