Pocket Issue and the British High Commission help Uganda fight climate change


Thanks to an initiative by the Ugandan Carbon Bureau, and sponsorship from Pocket Issue and the British High Commission, all Uganda’s Members of Parliament will this week receive a climate change information pack, made up of a copy of Pocket Issue, Global Warming and the recent House of Commons report on the Voluntary Carbon Market plus other briefing papers


[UKPRwire, Thu Oct 11 2007] Thanks to an initiative by the Ugandan Carbon Bureau, and sponsorship from Pocket Issue and the British High Commission, all Uganda’s Members of Parliament will this week receive a climate change information pack, made up of a copy of Pocket Issue, Global Warming and the recent House of Commons report on the Voluntary Carbon Market plus other briefing papers. The goal is to bring politicians up-to-speed on the issues and choices raised by climate change, with the distribution of the packs being followed by a high level Cabinet and Presidential briefing by Professor Ian Swingland, Darwin Initiative member and Chief Scientific Officer of London-based Sustainable Forestry Management.

Climate change is firmly on the agenda for Uganda this month, following severe flooding in north-eastern areas of the country, affecting an estimated 300,000 people. Ugandan politicians are keen to understand both the local and global environmental implications of climate change, not least how they can use carbon trading schemes to boost local farming incomes whilst reducing the impact of CO2.

Dubbed “small briefs for a big world”, Pocket Issue, Global Warming delivers a brief and pithy appraisal of the issues and background to climate change in under 100-pages, giving each Ugandan parliamentarian an overview of the science, the debate and possible future scenarios in as little as 20-minutes.

Speaking on behalf of Pocket Issue, Emma Hardcastle, said, “We are very pleased to have been able to assist Ugandan politicians and the Uganda Carbon Bureau with the challenge ahead of them. Providing accurate and accessible information to help further understanding amongst the country’s decision makers is an essential first step in tackling climate change.”

A programme of events is planned for the next week, including a public lecture by Professor Swingland in conjunction with Nature Uganda, with the hope that by building public awareness and increasing Uganda’s involvement in carbon markets they can offer some coherent response to climate change. The chairman of the Uganda Carbon Bureau, Bill Farmer, welcomed the support received from Pocket Issue and praised the clarity with which their Global Warming publication sets out the key issues in a way that audiences in both London and Kampala can readily understand.
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Information for Editors:

About Pocket Issue – Small briefs for a big world, www.pocketissue.com
Priced at £4.99 and weighing in at only 80 pages, Pocket Issue has built a reputation for short and pithy backgrounders for the time-pressed reader. With a brief to educate in as little as 20-minutes the books are independent, pithy and brief, concentrating on an easy-to-read format and accurate facts.

Other titles in the series: Pocket Issue, The Energy Crisis, Pocket Issue, Middle East Conflict.
Titles coming soon: Pocket Issue, Food

Contact: For a review copy of Pocket Issue, Global Warming or for information on other Pocket Issue titles please contact press@pocketissue.com, 020 8741 7641. High-resolution cover images for all Pocket Issue titles can be downloaded at http://www.pocketissue.com/Default.asp?Page_ID=48 .

About Ugandan Carbon Bureau
The Ugandan Carbon Bureau, helps local businesses and farmers with low cost carbon credit certification schemes, energy saving advice, and education and publicity work to help increase Uganda’s involvement in carbon markets.

Contact: For more information on Uganda Carbon Bureau please contact Bill Farmer, billfarmer@ugandacarbon.org


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