Paris Climate Change talks Day 4 #COP21 Personal Musings ‘Dignity and Determination’

I wne tup staid to another section I had not been to and found an extra thousand journalists I did not know we had!

I went up stairs to another section I had not been to and found an extra cohort of  journalists I did not know we had! (or what ever the collective noun is for journalists)

Day 4 and ground-hog morning was again with me and the process of getting too and into COP21.Blue sky here and heard back from home its a bit biblical on the rain front.  Today I was looking at the granular level  of how people engage, what prompts people, props and messages are being used to engage, provoke and debate. Art and imaging is thick on the ground here. Making people stop but then the messages come over from people talking to people. Overall the mood in COP feels like we are in the lets find the middle ground especially if the middle is closer to me than you within negotiation process. The Have’s want to keep on to their Having and the Have Not’s want an equitable share of the have’s resources (speaking nations and people)

the indigenous people pavilion. powerfull words spoken softly. call to action from Tuvalu and Kiribati

the indigenous people pavilion. powerful words spoken softly. call to action from Tuvalu and Kiribati

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I had one of those stop in my tracks moment today. I popped into the Indigenous People’s pavilion which was packed to the rafters with people listening. In front of me was the President Anote Tong and Enele Sopoaga prime-minister of  Kiribati and Tuvalu. I already knew that these and other island nations are right at the pointy end of climate change; last year they had their first ever cyclone which has torn into the islands, drinking water has turned saline, year on year flooding, outlying islands disappearing. When you hear a president stating that they are resigned to the fact that even with only a 1.5C temperature rise their country will mostly disappear and that they are now working on a dignified migration of their nation. (what would you feel like?) He was fighting the fight for other nations now already knowing the country is doomed. Inspiring …. He did not want our pity. He wanted our action!

Plnetly of elephans in the room. Climate change TV fossile of the day session. highlighting some of the stupid aspects of the negotiations. this one was about the fact that shipping and airlines are not part of the negotiation and are set to double their carbone emmissions in the coming years (they emmitt more than Germany) but good use of props. it got the attention!

Plenty of elephants in the room. Climate change TV fossil of the day session. Highlighting some of the foolish aspects of the negotiations. This one was about the fact that shipping and airlines are not part of the negotiation and their carbon emissions are set to double in the coming years (they emit more than Germany) but good use of props. It got the attention!

The huddling is intense here as it’s the full on communication phase of negotiation. Grouping, conversing, plotting, scenario setting and other such huddling terms. We had our own huddle at the INTO stand with ICOMOS and UNESCO to look at the ‘what’s next’ in getting greater exposure to heritage and culture in the next IPPC climate change report AR6. I don’t believe it! I am now fluent in jargon and acronyms. It’s only been a week! We’ve been invited to present the issue and discuss the process of developing a climate change assessment publicly on the UNESCO stand on Saturday.

Meeting Senegal people, Indonesians, Congolese and so on today. Sharing my culture and Welsh language. All had approached to talk of the International National Trusts Organisations ethos and the value of heritage and culture not only as something to be conserved but also as a tool to tackle climate change. Some traditional farming practices can help in changing conditions, some historic approaches to land management likewise and so on. Plenty of interest from around the world

starting to know how this guy feels!

starting to know how this guy feels!

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