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Dispatch from Copenhagen

In COP15, Young voices on December 15, 2009 at 2:11 am

The climate change talks taking place in Copenhagen are on life support. One week in to the conference, and with one week to go, progress towards a worthwhile climate change deal has been slow. In order to salvage COP15, negotiators will have to double down in order to reach a deal.

Monday’s major news was a group of African nations walking out on negotiations and in dramatic fashion – late in the evening hour – choosing to come back to the negotiating table. Last week it was reported that the Danish government had met with a group of rich nations including the US outside of the formal process and agreed to a draft “text”. A text that could eventually become the agreement that the Copenhagen conference produces. Several poor nations were angered by what they perceived as a backdoor deal that favored rich nations. The mood has been sour and souring ever since, culminating in today’s walkout.

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The US Climate Change Lobby

In COP15, Young voices on November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Dan Reicher, director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google, summed up the effort to pass a U.S. climate-change bill as an “epic, epic struggle.”

This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate-change bill that aims to reduce carbon emissions and make investments in renewable energy. The Senate has recently taken up the task of stitching together a bill and, well, the positive and the frustrating aspects of the American political process are on full display. Climate-change legislation languishes and wallows in several Senate committees, and the vested interest of the few hold it captive. Recently, top Democrats said there likely won’t be any climate-change legislation until next year.

This legislative impasse has an immense, tragic importance for young people.

It would all be inconsequential if it wasn’t absolutely urgent for the United States to act and act soon. In one week, 192 nations will meet in Copenhagen to forge one of the most difficult international agreements ever — a comprehensive climate-change treaty. The Copenhagen conference is seen by many as one of the last opportunities for the world to lock in a process that reduces greenhouse gases in time to stave off disaster.

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Young Voices – Indian Youth Delegation

In COP15, Young voices on November 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Indian Youth DelegationI sent out a request to international youth delegations asking for their respective on the upcoming climate change talks in Copenhagen. Below, is a letter from the Indian Youth Delegation to the world’s leaders.

Dear Leader,

We are the Indian Youth Delegation representing the concerns of Indian Youth and many more to the United Nations COP-15 in December. Our group, selected from all over India by the Indian Youth Climate Network consists of a 20 member team. We come to you in the interests of over 1.3 billion people in our country, 35% of whom are under age 15, and well over 500,000,000 are under 30.

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Young Voices – Joanna MacDonald

In COP15, Young voices on November 12, 2009 at 2:50 am

Canadian flagJoanna is a third year Environmental Science Co-op student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. For the past two years she has been contributing to the effort to ban bottled water from campus with the Guelph Students for Environmental Change. Her experience with climate change issues is very diverse spanning from climate change standards and carbon accounting to youth engagement on climate change. At the Read the rest of this entry »

Tracking Climate Change Negotiators

In COP15, Young voices on November 9, 2009 at 2:03 am

Adopt a negotiatorA lot of want I hope to do with this blog is to provide readers insight into the diverse perspectives that countries have leading up to Copenhagen. I came across a really unique organization that is actually tracking each country’s respective climate change negotiator. Adopt a Negotiator has deployed a team of 13 people speaking 9 different languages to follow climate change negotiators.

Wondering what the US delegation has been up to in Barcelona, want to know how the Canada delegation is reacting to stalled US legislative action on climate change? Adopt a Negotiator can keep you informed. Furthermore, this group of young trackers wants to make the international negotiation process more transparent and understood by the general public.

New Media and Copenhagen

In COP15 on November 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm

OneClimateI came across this Oneclimate website and thought I’d share. Its very creative and unique. Why? It’s not your traditional advocacy website. OneClimate’s site is a platform whereby individuals can communicate their experiences, actions, and thoughts about climate change. It’s using technology to create spaces for everyday citizens to be a part of the Copenhagen process.

Simply put, a social networking site for climate change activists and concerned citizens.

Now that we are a month out from Copenhagen, there are several sites popping up that want to enable the average person an opportunity to make their voice heard through create technological platforms. Moving forward and while in Copenhagen it’ll be interesting to see what effect this has on the entire process????????? I’ll do my best to bring you some of the most unique and creative efforts in this area.

For now, below is from the “About” page from OneClimate. Would love to hear your thoughts.

OneClimate is an initiative of OneWorld UK. We are a not-for-profit organisation and our mission is ‘to leverage media innovatively for a fair and sustainable world’.

Clearly, we cannot have a fair and sustainable world without tackling climate change. We could go farther and say that climate change is providing humankind with one final and convincing opportunity: a wake-up call to persuade us, as nothing ever has before, that we must act together to bring about a fair and sustainable world. 

The OneWorld Network has 12 centres around the world, of which OneWorld UK is one. It is governed by the trustees of the OneWorld International Foundation, a registered charity (no.1095287).

What the OneWorld UK team has done is to create innovative spaces and useful tools to enable you to communicate your experiences, insights, questions and answers about climate change. We only build the platforms: the content – almost all of it – is yours

Let’s talk about Climate Finance

In Adaptation, COP15, Mitigation on November 6, 2009 at 12:37 am

Who’s talking climate finance?

As the US Senate debates its climate change bill the Obama adminstration must push Congress to deal with climate finance as well. While a US climate bill is unlikely the US still needs to clarify its position on finance for mitigation and adaption. Basically, the US along with other developed countries need to agree on the appropriate amount of funding to help poor countries adapt to the harmful effects of climate change and implement mitigation policies. Or as Fmr. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg writes in the HuffPost

The challenge boils down to this: the developed world — responsible for today’s crisis — must help pay the costs for the developing world to do the right thing. Those catching up to us — China and India — will have to participate too, but developed countries need to lead. The good news is that for $150 billion, the world can get far ahead of the problem. While the long terms costs are likely to be higher, this investment now will set the world on the right course.

More on this later but the Soderberg piece is a great read!