Only a few day to go until the Paris Climate change talks get consigned to history and we start judging if it was a success or failure. I suppose it’s our children who will be the real judges of this. But as I explained in the first blog “The road to Paris was not a cul-de-sac but part of an ongoing process”(see you probably thought I was going to use the word ‘journey’ but Paul has warned me). The news from the coal face at COP is that the talking is continuing and the detail is being argued over. Arguing over detail is good. Arguing over principles is bad. Oliver from INTO emailed earlier to say that the trajectory for heritage and culture as an aspect of the IPCC reporting has been set (see; principal agreed again…. detail will be an interesting challenge) Big success for the INTO and ICOMOS delegation. If you’re not there taking part then you can’t complain about the outcome
News from the front is that targeting 1.5C max increase is no longer in the cross hairs and looks like we will be agreeing on a 2C increase (ps what ever that means at the moment as our understanding of the new impacts of this dynamic world we are creating increases all the time) Will what we have just gone through in terms of weather back home and are going though become more ‘normal’? Will the Pacific Islanders I met and so inspired me have to say goodbye to their countries as some are already planning to do? Like I said earlier our Children will inherit the legacy.
When I got back home Desmond was ripping chunks out of the North West and Scotland. We got away at home with 2cm spare to the back door from the flood. One of our own Garry in the Lakes house was inundated with flood water. A star and the Bear Grills of the renewables world… our thoughts are with you and your family. Lets see what the dark suited ones come out with at the end of the week?