Unfortunately I missed the highlight on the first day when Leah Wickham – a young woman from Fiji speaking on behalf of more than 10 million people who signed tcktcktck petition calling for an immediate legally binding and Abigail Jabines – International Solar Generation Coordinator presenting Yvo De Boer UNFCCC Executive Secretary and Connie Hedegaard-new President of COP15 , Denmark’s famous lego bricks symbolizing building block for a Fair Ambitious and Binding deal. Wickham ended her speech that is being echoed by many in Copenhagen : “the time for talking is over and now it’s a time for action”.
Reading one line in the COP15 Post – the daily climate conference news published daily by CPHPOST.DK – It was amusing to hear Mr. de Boer’s rection to Leah wickham’s speech when he jocularly concluded his response with “…but I hope you will be a bit patient and give us two more weeks of talking and then we will deliver on the action…” Ah ha…
We know that in two weeks , there is a lot that needs to be discussed and decided upon. Starting from the the proposed GHG reduction targets for both the 2nd commitment period and beyond to whether the new agreement will be expanded to include GHG emissions from the international marine and aviation industry. Whether Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) will include the untested and expensive Carbon Capture and Storage technology. Whether the agreement will include measures to curb the rate of deforestation, especially of tropical rainforests in developing countries – known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), and many more…but at the end of the day we do need leaders who act, not politicians who talk.
At the Central Station on my way back from Bella Center, I met up with team of young people who were handing out leaflets and inviting commuters to Klima Forum 09 – the civil society counterpart of the COP15 that represent ordinary concerned citizens from all around the world. I decide to go take a look as the venue DGI-Byen Copenhagen was only a short walking distance from the central station.
Aside from exhibits, workshop, talk, theatre and music organized there, I was most struck by a photo of a boat listing every single Climate Conference of Parties since 1992;
Earth Summit Rio de Janero, Brazil, 1992
CoP 1, Berlin, Germany, 1995
CoP 2 Geneva, Switzerland, 1996
Cop 3 Kyoto, Japan, 1997
CoP 4 Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998
Cop 5 Bonn, Germany, 1999
CoP 6 The Hague, 2000
CoP 6+ Bonn, Germany, 2001
CoP 7 Marrakech, Morroco, 2001
CoP 8 New Delhi, India, 2002
CoP 9 Milan, Italy, 2003
CoP 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004
CoP 11 Montreal, Canada, 2005
CoP 12 Nirobi, Kenya, 2006
CoP 13 Bali, Indonesia, 2007
CoP 14, Poznan, Poland, 2008
CoP 15, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009
Yes, Mr. Boer, you get two weeks and no more…Enough is enough, it is clear the time for climate action is now.
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