Paris Climate change talks COP21. Being there. 1st day musings

A choir of angels on our arrival at COP21. these autralin angels did not like Coal. we also had a few snipers and quite a few well armed police officers. the juxtaposition was ironic.

A choir of angels on our arrival at COP21.These Australian angels did not like Coal. We also had a few snipers and quite a few well armed police officers  around as well. The juxtaposition was ironic.

Its been a fascinating if a bit tiring first day here at COP21 in Paris. I arrived last night on the Eurostar and made the dash over to register as the world and its Limo’ were arriving on Monday where doing normal things like registering was going to be difficult. My first day was one of acclimatisation and finding where things where. Coffee sellers = check, travel pass = check Press rooms where groups of nations would be committing to stuff = check. Being here  I suppose its like watching a football match in a huge stadium. You probably get a better view on the TV but nothing beats being here to feel, taste, share and absorb the atmosphere. Yes it does feel like a ‘moment’ but we have all been reminded not to look at this as a make or break moment but as part of a process that will be on going far beyond Paris. But back to a football analogy. Yes to win a season you have to look at all the games but you still remember the key matches. This feels like one of them. (that’s enough football)

The media coverage is vast. this one row in one of the media centres. Comms is King. the world is watching

The media coverage is vast. This one row in one of the media centres. Comms is King. The world is watching

I am here as part of the International National Trust Organisation Delegation. Our security passes state that we are here as ‘Observers’ to bare witness, to form partnerships and even in our tiniest butterfly wing sort of way cajole for the recognition that culture, heritage and conservation have a big part to play for our future generations and that Climate change is the single greatest threat to this. From arrival today in the new hybrid busses, past the phalanx of EV cars and the snipers (yes that’s right… many a sniper today on grassy knolls) the overall atmosphere was one of solutions. There was not much reminding of what climate change meant but there was an emphasis on the ‘possible’ On the INTO stand we had Canadian Indigenous Indians, Mongolian representatives, African ministerial representatives and so on. All with one thing in common which was one of ‘finding a way’ to deal with the Climate change threat. I asked a few ‘old hands’ at COP’s what was the feeling like in Paris compared to the previous ones and the response was ‘it feels like we are all working towards a solution’ rather than paying silly beggars with brinkmanship

Meeting of Cultures. The world is here!

Meeting of Cultures. The world is here! Canadian Indigenous tribe being impacted directly by climate change. Tundra and permafrost disappearing. Culture being lost

As well as the getting to know the site day I also popped into a few of the many observer sessions including the Mary Robinson chaired session on funding for the most impacted nations (lots of ministers standing up to pledge funding… is this new funding, will it appear and such like is probably another blog?) I was interviewed for Climate Change TV (RTCC). We won an award last year at Lima COP for our Hydro work from RTCC. The Kingdom of Netherlands site gave a good show on their overall approach to mitigation and the list went on of what was on the go. The big cheeses were in town and all seemed to be saying aspects around ‘future generations, once in a life time, have to do stuff now, moral obligation’ which were all good scene setters. Now lets see if thoughts turn to deeds in the next two weeks and then beyond. Tomorrow I have a presentation at a UNESCO hosted session in the centre of Paris… I will be featuring a ‘roof gutter’ as my climate change indicator.  More to come!

Planet COP does feel like virtual reality. But this was a place where you could look at the hotter world our children might be living in

Planet COP does feel like virtual reality. But this was a place where you could look at the world our children might be living in

My first makeup session 'ever' for Climate Change TV. oh I look forward to what my colleagues have to say... really do!!

My first makeup session ‘ever’ for Climate Change TV. Oh I so look forward to what my colleagues have to say… I really do!!

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5 Responses to Paris Climate change talks COP21. Being there. 1st day musings

  1. Lucy Evans says:

    Awesome keith well done! Keep up the good work. Mr deep green.

  2. Keith, you are very privileged to be present at what, I sincerely hope, will be a crucial moment in history. The extraordinary efforts you have made and the amazing journey on which you have been over these last years now come to fruition.

    • Keith Jones says:

      thanks Carl. its good to see so many people from the coal face as it were (sorry!) but having the Holywood stars and the head of stuff is nice but its the people who are both the victims and also the solution finders at ground level which is inspiring. the Holywood stars and the heads of stuff are just the froth to the event. the grinding out of using less of the worlds resources happens over coffee and not the cocktail party here. inspiring and knackering! I have yet to have a beer… scary!

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