Tutu’s famous words: “We marched in Berlin, and the wall fell. We marched for South Africa, and apartheid fell. “We marched at Copenhagen — and we WILL get a Real Deal.”
At the Climate and Development days, a side event to COP15, I was privy to see the launch of the weADAPT.org and Google collaboration. Warangi Maathai, nobel peace prize winner, held a heart-warming speach on how the Google Earth platform can help highlight the impact of our changing climate and what adaptation measures may be incouraged to reduce the damage.
In two years of following the negotiations I have come to realise how much they have changed – from an old boys’ club to a movement being driven by the youth. Last night was the NGO party, traditionally organised for all observer organisations present at the UNFCCC negotiations. The Vega venue was packed to the brim with a young and energetic group. Faces from all corners of the world were presented, and the sexual tension on the dance floor flowed… Read moreThe rise of the youth
Copenhagen is here. The world is set to come together to throw their eggs at a new climate change deal – or are they? Much of the discussion is on what Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction targets developed (Annex 1) countries should take on by 2020. Most following the climate change negotiations have safely placed their eggs in their negotiation baskets. How many of these will be broken is yet to be seen. Civil society for one, spear headed by… Read moreRotten eggs
There is no doubt that we are at COP15. As soon as I got off my flight I was bombarded by exciting advertising aimed to provoke my climate change guilt. Amongst the most innovative were those by the “tcktcktck” campaign showing aged world leaders like Barack Obama and Gordon Brown with slogans saying “In Copenhagen we could have saved the world”. Siemens also has a great “Hopenhagen” campaign.