Adopt a Negotiator


ENGLISH TRANSLATION AFTER THE JUMP

We need a crowd!

We need a crowd!


Sei più importante di quanto tu creda. Può sembrare una tipica frase di quelle conferenze per migliorare la vostra autostima, ma in realtà nel contesto dei cambiamenti climatici, in questo preciso momento nulla è più veritiero di quella frase.
Mancano circa tre mesi al COP15 di Copenhagen ed è importante ricordare che voi avete bisogno di voi; si, voi, perché se questo progetto avrà successo i maggiori beneficiari sarete proprio voi.
Qualche giorno fa ho avuto una piacevole conversazione con il nostro coordinatore Josh; dopo la telefonata, pensando su quanto discusso è aumentata la mia personale convinzione riguardo l’attitudine dei diversi soggetti nei confronti dei cambiamenti climatici.
Quale? Dunque, i diversi governi sanno benissimo che cosa sta accadendo, cosa stanno facendo e a cosa andiamo incontro; ma in realtà cosa fanno? Per ora poco e/o nulla. Basta leggere uno dei tanti post che abbiamo qui sul nostro sito per capirlo. (more…)

My generation has one mission! (Picyure with apologies to UNFCCC and thanks to Lewis from our youth delegation)

My generation has one mission! See what we did there... (Picture with apologies to UNFCCC and thanks to Lewis from our youth delegation)

So yet again it’s been a while, sorry for the lack of posts! Though I promised blogs from those in the know while I worked on my dissertation, exciting things have been happening here in the UK that have kept all my climate friends busy. From sunny days spent at climate camp, to launching the 1010 campaign with a huge bang, the climate movement in the UK has really been going full steam ahead.

But now my dissertation is in (I can hardly believe it!) and it’s back to the climate grindstone full-time for me. So let’s get down to business. What’s been going on with me and the negotiators?

Well this last weekend we had the second training weekend for our UK youth delegation. This is a team of 24 inspiring young people brought together by the UKYCC to go to Copenhagen. We planned, we strategised, we ate a bit of curry and we wrote ‘to do’ lists pages long.

But why do you need to know this?

Because before, during and beyond Copenhagen, we as young people have one mission.

A mission so eloquently put by my great friend and fellow youth delegation coordinator Kirsty….

A mission to UNF*C* the world!

(see what we did there…)

UNF*C* verb: to correct a F***ed situation; to undo a ‘botch up’ or ‘bungle’; to reverse acts of stupidity or carelessness; to tidy a mess made by others

We as young people are concerned for our future, and we don’t want to leave it in other peoples hands!

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Countdown to Copenhagen, Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil / Contagem regressiva para Copenhague, Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brasil

Countdown to Copenhagen, Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil / Contagem regressiva para Copenhague, Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brasil

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 In this first post as the Brazilian negotiator tracker, I think it’s important to talk a little bit about the climate change negotiations history and the crucial moment we are living. I’ll also talk about the importance of Brazil in this process and present the “Adopt a negotiator” project to the Brazilian audience.

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From left we’ve got Mike, then that’s a windswept me (!), Phil and Matt. We’re standing in front of Parliament House in our nation’s capital, Canberra on a freezing cold winter’s day. But, as you can see, we’re grinning through the cold!

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I'd like to introduce you to some friends of mine

On Monday 31 August, the four of us road tripped it from Sydney to Canberra to meet with our government’s Ambassador for Climate Change, the lead negotiator at the UN climate talks, Louise Hand. To talk about, you guessed it, climate change! (more…)

In english below

Monsieur l’Ambassadeur,

Au cas où vous ne vous rappelleriez pas de moi et du programme pour lequel je travaille, je suis Florent Baarsch, le « tracker » pour la France. Nous sommes rencontrés une première fois à Poznan, l’année dernière, puis cette année à Bonn au mois de juin.

Seul un membre de notre équipe était présent lors des dernières discussions de Bonn III. Cependant, nous serons présents à Bangkok, puis probablement à Barcelone et certainement à Copenhague. Nous pourrons ainsi continuer de vous « suivre » et à vous encourager à prendre des positions ambitieuses, équitables et courageuses pour le climat. (more…)

Live-Green-for-the-FutureFrom now on there is less than 100 days left to Copenhagen where one of the most important meetings in the world will take place (check out the cool countdown or get your own on your blog). It’s amazing how time flies and three negotiation sessions this year has already passed. So far they have produced a massive bundle of 200 pages of text and started to discuss how to reduce this. The executive of the UNFCC secretariat even showed his dismay in how slow it has gone so far.

But what is important now, is what’s ahead of us. Take a glimpse into the future will show us that there will be three important meetings in just about a month, a G20 meeting, major economic forum and UN general assembly. As we all know by now, sadly the delegates can’t voice their own opinions in the negotiations but these high-profile meetings have the possibility of remedying some tensions in the climate talks as state officials from these countries will discuss climate and hopefully also put money on the table. The sum that’s expected to be needed is about 160 billion dollars. You may think ‘whoah, that’s a lot of money, (more…)

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION AFTER THE JUMP

100 giorni. Mancano solo 100 giorni alla Conferenza delle Parti di Copenhagen sui cambiamenti climatici.

Quando frequentavo l’ultimo anno di liceo i 100 giorni all’esame rappresentavano una data importantissima. Noi studenti eravamo ufficiosamente “autorizzati” a saltare le lezioni; in quel giorno tutti gli studenti del quinto anno delle scuole superiori pescaresi, organizzati in maniera indipendente, salivano sulle macchine e si recavano al santuario di San Gabriele dell’Addolorata per assistere alla messa e per farsi benedire le penne che poi sarebbero state utilizzate durante il temutissimo esame di maturità.

100 giorni. Anche se poi alla fine la mia comitiva si era buttata soprattutto su vino, gassosa e panini con la porchetta, l’importante è quello che rappresentava per tutti noi quella data: i 100 giorni all’esame. Un periodo che può sembrare ancora così lungo ma che in realtà è estremamente breve. Una giornata che ricorda un po’ il campanello dell’ultimo giro, così per ricordare che anche se l’esame è dietro l’angolo si ha ancora tutto il tempo necessario per risalire la china, prendere in mano i libri e passare i test e le interrogazioni della maturità agevolmente.

In 100 giorni si può fare di tutto, non solo preparare un esame di quinto superiore. (more…)

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