COP21 Day 4

On Friday, December 4th, 2015 in Blogs, COP 21

The cracks hiding behind the diplomatic veneer are rising to the surface.  In ADP developing country negotiators spoke more clearly about why it is unfair for Industrialized countries to ignore their responsibility (our responsibility) for having created the crisis of climate change. Low-lying island states argued more passionately for holding global average temperature to no more than 1.5 degrees C.  On this the European Union agrees.  Saudi Arabia does not. Canada has not spoken our position out loud in the negotiations.

We started the day with a new text. Three days of wrangling over clauses, sub-clauses and bracketed text, and we have a new draft text of 50 pages… so 4 pages shorter, but more square brackets…

The President of COP came in last night to ADP to urge a faster pace and remind negotiators of the fact the clock is ticking.  Everybody knows that, but they shrug and say, “It’s only Thursday.”

Climate negotiators are beginning to reflect global political engagement on the issue itself.  They think there is always more time, when there is not.

Canada’s youth have it right here at COP21.  Holding to 1.5 degrees is essential.  In such a weak agreement overall, we should at least set our sights on a level of climate change that does not cause low-lying island states to disappear with our Arctic summer ice.

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  • Martin

    I didn’t even think that 1.5 degrees was possible. Most articles that I’ve read have implied that even 2 degrees is out of reach. Elon Musk thinks all we can do is bend the carbon curve but that regardless we will pass the 2 degree warming. It’s hard to know what’s optimistic, what’s realistic, and what’s conservative.

  • mparalovos

    Why is it so obvious for people who can read a chart and compare that with looking outside (it was 10 degrees yesterday in ontario.. That’s not normal), yet the people in charge are allowing the seeds of doubt to be sowed – in the media, reflected in their own policy and by their inaction. This is literally about the survival of the species and they’re worried about the bottom line.

    If we’re not funding scientists on a mass scale and starting to cut emissions last year then we’re in a whole lot more trouble than is being reported. It’s a shame. We’re documenting our own demise, but as a population were more interested in who our celebrities are sleeping with.

  • grakat

    Canada’s youth, at COP21: “hold to 1.5 degrees, do not cause low-lying
    island states to disappear with Arctic summer ice.”

  • grakat

    Precautionary Principle.

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