THE TIERRA FEE AND DIVIDEND (TFD) WORKING GROUPS:
Values, Mission, Objectives, Program, Membership, Organization.
Frans C. Verhagen, M.Div., M.I.A., Ph.D., sustainability sociologist,
Founding president, International Institute of Monetary Transformation
27 September 2010
“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man, who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble”.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1890s.
There are many reformist proposals for a post-Kyoto regime. The TFD is a transformational one. It transforms the international monetary system by basing it upon a carbon standard as a way to combat climate change and advance green economies. One of its major strength following Emerson’s observation is its use of a value-based framework.
- Values are anterior to the development of an organization’s mission and objectives because they set boundaries that determine them.
- The TFD Working Groups adhere to a value-based planning framework that integrates social and ecological values, much in the same way as the Earth Charter does.
- The basic value in Tierra Fee and Dividend (TFD) system is climate justice which is based upon the historical fact of the cumulative ecological indebtedness of industrialized nations.
The aim of the international network of TFD Working Groups is to establish a carbon-based international monetary system that will to combating climate change and advancing low carbon and climate-resilient development.
- To develop a Monetary Plan of Climate Action (MPCA)
- To establish programs of research, education and action to have MPCA considered by the UNFCCC and, particularly, by Rio 2012 Earth Summit
- To urge UN organizations to incorporate a carbon-based international monetary system (CBIMS) into their planning for low carbon and climate-resilient development
- To urge international financial institutions (IFIs), governments, business and civil society organizations to incorporate the CBIMS into their planning for low carbon and climate-resilient development
- Urge governments to sponsor the UN General Assembly Resolution for a UN Commission of Experts on Monetary Transformation and Low Carbon, Climate-resilient Development that would submit its Monetary Plan of Climate Action to the UNFCCC which, in turn, would present its MPCA to the Rio 2012 Earth Summit
- Research those dimensions of the TFD that would contribute to the establishment of CBIMS
- Develop a research agenda to address the shortcomings of present global climate governance approaches to post-Kyoto climate regimens, using the criteria of the TFD’s value-based framework
- Compare the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. government’s position of GARE (Global Agreement on Reduction of Emissions) as elaborated by The Brookings Institutions’ authors Antholis and Talbott in Fast Forward
- Develop transitional strategies for the Tierra Land 2025 scenario to become a reality
- Educate fellow professionals in ways that are convenient to the specific TFD Working Group’s focus
- Engage in educational activities for the general public
- Convince national governments to sponsor the UN General Assembly Resolution for the establishment of the above UN Commission
- Organize any project, playful or otherwise, to promote TFD acceptance
TFD Working Groups consist of leaders in various professions or social groupings who consider combating climate change and advancing low carbon and climate-resilient development the two main, interrelated challenges of the 21st Century. The initial membership is chosen by invitation by TFD designer sustainability sociologist Dr. Frans C. Verhagen. Once a TFD Working Group has been established its leadership selects additional members and develops its research, education and action agenda. Once the leadership changes, the Institute appoints the next leadership based upon the preferences of the Working Group.
The International Network of TFD Working Groups will be coordinated by the International Institute of Monetary Transformation, the originating institution of the TFD. The Institute will network with the various international centers that are engaged in post-Kyoto alternatives.
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