Paris Climate Change talks #COP21 day 3 personal musings “Vive le difference”

The indiginius populations really are at the pointy end in climate change. argue as much as you like if you have a way of living which has developed over a long time then rapid change really can destroy it in a mater of decades. all that heritage, links to the land, sense of place would be lost.

The indigenous populations really are at the pointy end in climate change. Argue as much as you like but if you have a way of living which has developed over a long time and then rapid change really can destroy it in a mater of decades. All that heritage, links to the land, sense of place would be lost.

Day three and its now bedding into the routine. Walk to the station at Gare du Nord catch train, then hybrid bus, get apple from people handing them out in front of COP21, take belt off for the metal detector, coat in x-ray machine, get coffee, look at the list of hundreds of talks and discussions, decide and get ready for the day. Firstly thank you all for so many emails and tweets of positive feedback on seeing behind the scenes of the conference and for those  very few of you who have asked ‘why’ is the NT there (you may well ask)

Change management is at the core of conservation  and conservation is about coping and managing with change and adaptation. Change in conservation is good, bad and indifferent. Understanding, influencing, adapting, sharing and so on in order to hand our special places on to future generations is what we (NT) do and always have done. Change is, has and will happen – that’s why we have conservation organizations! For example last decade of NT insurance claims have increased several fold and its much more than inflation (this is one of our many canaries in the mine to tell us we are getting more frequent storms). You can’t argue with increasing insurance claims from weather damage – you can but it’s still a claim.  (read the excellent NT update on climate change impacts published a couple of weeks ago LINK) I am here as part of the International National Trust Organisation delegation to make sure heritage, conservation and culture will be heard by the decision makers who are all working on mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change. We are here to share our own approaches but also learn from others. If you’re not inside the process sharing and learning then no mater how much we complain after the event if we were not there and don’t like the solutions then we can only blame ourselves. This is why we are here!

 “The impacts of climate change are clear to see at Trust places, whether from increasingly erratic weather events or from long-term changes in temperature and rainfall distribution affecting countryside and buildings, gardens and collections.“The risk of permanent damage to landscape and heritage as a result of not planning for a future with a radically different climate is ever-increasing.” Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust

from the colout and 'cut' of the suits you can see the difference between the Government / decions makers side and the others in the building. Everyone is needed here to make the case for change in the way that we manage our resources.

From the colour and ‘cut’ of the suits you can see the difference between the Government / decision makers side and the others in the building. Everyone is needed here to make the case for change in the way that we manage our resources. This is the excellent Dutch stand. plenty of discussions and debate about the road ahead

 Media meets cultures. Culture and heritage have a lot to share and this is the biggest stage of them all

Media meets cultures. Culture and heritage have a lot to share and this is the biggest stage of them all

I am starting to see the dynamics of the of the COP site. It seems to break into 4 aspects. The Observation area where INTO are based you might call ‘influence’ (mild). The huge media area  seems like the oil in the machine (It’s telling when Facebook, Google, Instagram and Twitter have stands here… communication is king) The third area is the Climate Generation area. (you could say they have all the energy and solutions) Then in the middle of this whole carnival of climate negotiation is the Government area. This is where the power resides! You can also see the changes in the clothing people wear from area to area. Power is dark suited, Energy is colorful and brash and influence is calm and sensible (I think I am in the wrong tent. scruffy needs its own area)

what can I say... the Climate Generations side is engaging, provoking and memorable. Vive le difference

what can I say… the Climate Generations side is engaging, provoking and memorable. Vive le difference

We had a good meeting with the Claire from the ‘Size of Wales Team’ to share its global contacts with INTO. I had a good chat with Paul Allen from the Center for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth about their ‘what next’ plan. Looking forward to hearing his presentation tomorrow on Zero Carbon Britain and what it could look like. Today the main theme was a farming (tomorrow buildings) and there was a lot of impassioned but also practical talk from indigenous populations who depend on farming. Yes capitalism has played a part in putting pressure on them but the changing climate is one of the biggest threats they have (this is from them). Their culture is disappearing and with it a lot of the solutions of what to do in a time of change. It would make for an interesting debate for skeptics to go head to head with marginalized people of the world who are experiencing the erosion of their ability to exist on a day-to-day basis through the changing climate. Just a thought

guess where this guy is from? good chat with the size of Wales team and looking to share contacts from around the world

Guess where this guy is from? Good chat with the size of Wales team and looking to share contacts from around the world

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One Response to Paris Climate Change talks #COP21 day 3 personal musings “Vive le difference”

  1. ntcomms says:

    Reblogged this on National Trust Places and commented:
    Latest update from our Environmental Practices Adviser for Wales, Keith Jones on how things are going in Paris at COP21.

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