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date: Thu, 26 Jun 1997 12:09:35 0100
from: Joseph Alcamo <>
subject: Re: Climate Statement Version 4
to: Mike Hulme <>


Thanks for your positive comments.

If it's OK with you, I would like to take your comments into
account in the next version of the statement (Version 5).

In the meantime, I would like to take you up on your offer that you
would distribute the current version (Version 4) for comment around
the UK. The idea that Rob Swart and I have is to keep the circle
fairly small right now so that we can have a good statement agreed
upon by some prominent people before we send it out for signing.
Therefore we would like to send the Statement to no more than about
5 or 10 rather prominent people in the climate scene in our
respective countries. For example, I will be discussing it in the
next few days with Schellnhuber, Grassl, Crutzen and others here
in Germany.
Who do you propose to send it to in the UK?

(By the way, I already received comments back from S. Subak.)

Another issue is what you use as a cover letter for the Statement. I
think it is important either to send the cover letter you now have
(signed by me) or a modified one (signed either by you alone or both
of us) because it spells out the aims and intended audience of the
What do you think?

With best wishes,

Joe Alcamo

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From: Joseph Alcamo <>
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Date: Tue, 1 Jul 1997 11:02:55 0100
Subject: Re: Climate Statement Version 4
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Date: Mon, 30 Jun 1997 20:54:29 +0100
From: Mike Hulme <>
Subject: Re: Climate Statement Version 4


I can approach a few people over here if you wish, using your cover letter
with a couple of amendments and signed by me and you.

That would be great!

One question to be
clear about is how is it going to appear in public - as an independent
statement or under the umbrella of some organisation?

This is the current idea:

1. You, Rob Swart and I should first consult with a
manageable-number of people about the content of the Statement. The
three of us would act as "Coordinators" of the Statement.

2. After this fairly small group agrees on the content of the
Statement we should try and convince ten or so "prominent" scientists
from different parts of Europe to be official signers.
The names of these prominent people would appear on the
same page as the Statement. Rob and I have not discussed who these
ten people should be. Some could be from the original circle that we
consult in step 1.

3. After "The Ten" have signed on, we need an enthusiastic
organization to carry out the time-consuming task of collecting as
many signatures of scientists in Europe as possible, so that we can
say "1,865 European scientists, including (the prominent ten) have
signed a Statement that says .. and so forth". I don't think that
either you or Rob or I have the time to do this. For the American
statement this job was done by an organization called "Redefining
Progress". Perhaps for us it could be WWF. What do you think.

4. The last step would be to hold a press conference(s) to announce
the Statement. For this we would try and get as many of "The Ten"
as possible to attend. My idea would be to aim for the AGBM meeting
in October, when the debate should be pretty hot, and media
interest in anticipation of Kyoto should be increasing.

People here I would think of are:

Martin Parry
Kerry Turner
Melvyn Cannell
Mick Kelly
Michael Grubb
David Carson

What about John Mitchell?
I would also limit number to about five at this point.
e.g. In the coming two weeks I will speak to Schellnhuber, Jill
Jaeger, Grassl, and maybe two others about the Statement.

Best regards,

Joe Alcamo

Prof. Dr. Joseph Alcamo
Center for Environmental Systems Research
University of Kassel
Kurt Wolters Strasse 3
D-34109 Kassel

Phone: +49 561 804 3898
Fax: +49 561 804 3176

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