Jai Ram Ramesh , the environmental minister is planning and structuring a new model for the working of the ministry and addressing environmental issues in the country. The revamped ministry will work on three tiers:

  1. National Environment Protection Agency

This is remodelled on the lines of the US protection agency. This is mainly looking into the clearances and grant functions by the ministry.

  1. Green Tribunal Network

This will look into all the legislative work and all cases pertaining to violations in the environmental laws. This will reduce the workload on the overworked judicial system  in India and helps to address local issues better.

  1. Ministry and International Negotiations

The ministry will preside over the functions of the above two structure heads and will take strong and work on building pressure and pushing for equity in the international negotiations.

Reflecting on the new model of working , one must compliment the ministry , but whats more important is to understand why we the common people in India don’t see any coorelation between these actions and other actions the government takes . See for instance the Budget which gave tax holiday to oil producing  companies . We hope to see more tax incentives for renewable energy companies and environmental management companies and a greater budgetary funds allocated towards the environmental ministry!

Jai Ram Ramesh

Jai Ram Ramesh



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!


It’s only less than 100 days left till Copenhagen and reading the news about progress that has not been made, can be a pretty depressing experience. However, what gives me a glimpse of hope is that there are not only nontransparent political problems  that we can discuss and do research about, but also technical and sometimes surprisingly clever inventions that seem to open up the almost closed door a crack. As you know, we need to do more than paying political lip-service to solve our climate crisis. One of the most important steps is a complete make-over of our current energy system that is still heavily dependent on fossil and therefore limited energy resources.

The SuperSmart Grid - one piece of a puzzle of solutions?

The SuperSmart Grid - one piece of a puzzle of solutions?

With this in mind, the EU has elected to increase the use of renewable energy, but the potential for renewable energy in Europe is limited and unevenly distributed. Therefore, Europeans have started to think beyond their own borders and are now discussing, whether we could utilize the enormous potential for solar and wind energy in the deserts of North Africa.

It’s pretty certain that renewable electricity from North Africa would be sufficient to satisfy the electricity needs of the Mediterranean and the rest of Europe many times over, but: Not only would the electricity have to be transported over vast distances from North Africa to European load centres – it would also cause high transmission losses and probably simply not be feasible to be transported with the current AC system.

So what do we need? (more…)


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.


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!


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…)

We’re just under 100 days before the beginning of the Copenhagen climate talks (COP15) this December and Adopt a Negotiator is stepping up its efforts to cover the process.  We’d like to start by introducing you to a few new faces.

Juliana Russar

Adopt a Negotiator proudly welcomes Juliana Aziz Miriani Russar to the team.  Juliana is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and she’ll be joining us to help you track the Brazilian Negotiators from now through the final round of climate treaty talks this December.

Ben Jervey

We’re also excited to welcome Ben Jervey to the team.  Ben joins our US tracker, Reed Schuler, to help keep an eye on the American Negotiators and keep all of you updated on their actions and positions over the coming months (more…)