Bloggers Change

With the end of week one and the beggining of the last week ERC interns Nothando Mungwe and Kim Coetzee, and ERC staffer Max Edkins head home to (much sunnier) South Africa and are replaced as bloggers by Meagan Jooste, Thapelo Letete and Anya Boyd. So this is Nothando and I saying goodbye Copenhagen, hello Cape Town.

Challenges for the next days in Copenhagen

The Kyoto Protocol was the first major step of international cooperation on climate change. It defined mid-term emission reduction targets and mechanisms to deliver marginal emission reductions in Annex 1 countries. However, long-term emission targets require going beyond marginal reductions. Envisaged 50-95% emission reductions by 2050 are possible, only if countries pursue marginal reduction opportunities and shift to low-emission development all countries are empowered to make the transition to low-emission development

Most vulnerable, the Pacific Islands

‘We will not die quietly’ is the main voice of the most vulnerable islands (Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in the Pacific Ocean. The demonstration of this voice has been clearly shown by Tuvalu’s high commitment in the negotiations and their means of trying to get the president of the conference (Connie Hedegaard) to read their proposal targets. The very emotional speech by Tuvalu this morning left everyone in the audience deeply touched where he stated that this is survival and they cannot… Read moreMost vulnerable, the Pacific Islands

The protest march

Global Day of Climate Action At 1pm today at Parliament Square (Christiansborg Slotsplads) speakers Ms. Helena Christensen, Ms. Angélique Kidjo, Mr. Thure Lindhardt, Mr. Rahul Bose and Mr. Kumi Naidoo spoke to a large, enthusiastic and mixed crowd before leading the protesters in a 6 kilometre march to the Bella Center. Below are a few photos I took as the protesters marched – peacefully I might add – through Christianshaven in the earlier part of the march. Reports have since… Read moreThe protest march

The 12 days of COP

A rewriting of the 12 days of Christmas courtesy of the Youth Forest Working Group… The last stanza: “On the LAST day in Denmark the UN gave to me Pathetic little targets No demand side measures Ecosystems crashing Palm-oil a-flowing Emissions a-leaping No Indigenous rights Peat lands a-draining Endangered species Forests converted … [pause] Craaaap MRV, Too much fossil fuels Trees chain-sawed No strings attached And a big fat logging subsidy!“