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…)


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…)

UNFCCC Plénière, Bonn 2009

UNFCCC Plénière, Bonn 2009

La longue ritournelle des discussions officielles et informelles suit son cours. Après Bonn I, Bonn II voilà à présent que Bonn III se termine. Les négociations de Bonn III n’étaient pas « officielles » mais informelles, elles avaient pour objectif de réduire le document de négociations pour que les négociateurs puissent enfin se focaliser et discuter sur des points importants, fondamentaux et moins sur des points techniques. En termes plus imagés, il fallait diviser par quatre le document de négociations issu de Bonn II, passer de 200 et 50 pages maximum. (more…)






Looking out over plenary.

Looking out over plenary.

in english below

Questa settimana sono iniziate a Bonn (Bonn III) le consultazioni informali intersessionali del “gruppo di lavoro ad hoc sull’azione cooperativa di lungo termine” (Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action – AWG-LCA) e del “gruppo di lavoro ad hoc sugli ulteriori impegni per i Paesi inclusi nell’Allegato I che hanno ratificato il Protocollo di Kyoto” (Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol – AWG-KP) della Convenzione Quadro delle Nazioni Unite sui Cambiamenti Climatici (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC). Essendo una consultazione informale non ci sarà una sessione plenaria tra le parti, come ad esempio avvenuto durante Bonn II.
In questa settimana si discuterà e negozierà per concordare e rendere più semplice il testo negoziale (che per ora è di circa 200 pagine!) emerso da Bonn II e che verrà poi utilizzato in dicembre durante la conferenza COP 15 (Conferenza delle Parti delle Nazioni Unite sui Cambiamenti Climatici) che si terrà in Danimarca, a Copenhagen. (more…)

Governments have before them (in the aforementioned LCA session) a negotiating text: a framework of what the next step after, or within, the Kyoto Protocol will be. This document is public and available for download here.

(Note: this text appears to only currently be available in English. Don’t worry though – I hear that English is becoming the universal language anyway. The United Nations is probably testing the waters for a United Language – and where better than to test it then in practice!)

The chair who is running the LCA session has also written a personal note to set the tone for the talks. (Note: Also only in English, in true United Language fashion).

You may also… Wait for it…  Watch the web-cast LIVE of the UN negotiations. (!!!)

(Warning: This may bring feelings of over-stimulation. Who needs Wii when you have Yvo de Boer?)

I think that Yvo de Boer has one of the toughest and most important jobs in the world. He’s the United Nation’s top climate change official, which means that he’s pretty clued in about the whole international negotiating process.

Would you risk it?

Would you risk it?

Here’s what he had to say on the G8/MEF outcome:

Rich countries asking developing countries to take action before the rich come up with funding plans and set goals for their own 2020 emissions cuts is “like jumping out of a plane and being assured that you are going to get a parachute on the way down.”

I don’t think I’d risk the jump with the hope that Obama, Rudd and friends were waiting for me halfway down with parachute in hand. Would you?

But I digress. Back to Yvo’s comment.

G8 countries have tried to blame developing countries for the MEF not doing more to deal with climate change. But as Yvo says, it would be crazy for a developing nation to agree to make deep emission cuts before first seeing strong short term emission reduction targets from rich countries and a concrete commitment of financial support to help them tackle climate change.

Unfortunately, during the G8 and the MEF meetings, leaders from wealthy countries failed to make any progress towards resolving the deep split amongst them on the emissions cuts needed by 2020. This is really troubling. Time is fast running out to avoid dangerous climate change. We need to see wealthy developed countries, including Australia, stop fluffing about and commit to reduce emissions by 40% by 2020.

But there is a ray of hope when it comes to talk about financing. After the conclusion of the MEF leaders’ summit, President Obama announced that these leaders have tasked their finance ministers to develop proposals on climate financing to bring to the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh in September. This summit is the last time before the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December that all of these leaders are currently scheduled to be in the same place at the same time. Already, we have seen the British government come out with an exciting and bold finance proposal, if this new initiative, announced by Obama, results in serious action on financing issues by leaders at the Pittsburgh meeting; it could be a real game-changer in the road up to Copenhagen.

Australlian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his mate Treasurer Wayne Swan have a fabulous opportunity here to show global leadership by committing to pay our fair share of $4.3billion per year into a global fund to help developing countries reduce their emissions and adapt to the devastating impacts of climate change.

Will we see Rudd and Swan take this necessary and bold step?

Rudd has been recently reported as saying: “The clock is ticking on climate change and we can’t just shuffle around and hope that something falls out of the trees, we’ve actually got to land an outcome”. Well said Kev. I couldn’t agree more.

Your tracker,


PS. Don’t think for one minute that I didn’t notice, or have chosen to ignore, the deeply disturbing Carbon Capture and Storage Institute initiative that Rudd gained international support for during the talks, I think it’s so important that it deserves a whole blog post of its’ own! So watch this space.