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Promise of a Healthy Ocean

24 May

Being one of these greeny, post-environmentally, climate change, Green Ghetto (love this term!) types I like to think I know what is going on in this world – here, there and everywhere.

But sadly, I don’t.
It’s a vast world with many a thing going on and I’m just not Superman.

However I do know about one campaign launch which is happening via ClientEarth.

Client Earth are an environmental law company¹ or as they say it:-

An Organisation of activist lawyers committed to securing a healthy planet. We work in Europe and beyond, bringing together  law, science and  policy to create pragmatic solutions to key environmental challenges.²

Tonight ClientEarth along with ZSL (Zoological Society of London) launch

Promise of a Healthy Ocean.

Which is calling upon us, the young generation to demand that our world leaders keep their promises to protect the environment.

It’s the start of a year-long project to promote and improve intergenerational contact between us youth and heads of state.
leading to a contract being signed by the heads of state at the next major international environment meeting, ensuring that all future generations will be able to enjoy a healthy planet.

How cool is that?
We can tell all those suits to ‘buck up’ and actually DO what they are meant to DO and protect our planet’s oceans, not just for me or you, but for future generations – without having to resort to hippy, lets all listen to the cute youth talk about their futures,
but hard “Oh better do what it says otherwise Im in deep ****” contract terminology.

If you are able to go to the event launch tonight, It will be a perfect networking opportunity.
If not, then keep an eye on ClientEarth and the development of Promise of a Healthy Ocean

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1. Reminds me that I need to see the film Erin Brockovich
2. Seriously need to see it & possibly Superman 2 again – that’s a great film.

Bonn climate change intersessional Pt3

15 May

The best way to understand what actions the youth took at Bonn, to change negotiators opinions and their actions within the many meetings their attend.

Is to let you click on these two videos made by Danny Hutley, a Southampton Uni student.

 

not bad for us youth.
and has lead to us making a difference, connecting to those in suits.

You can tell, the time was taking to learn about what was being talked about; so that the actions we took were accurate and made the negotiators think.

You can also tell that the youth from around the world were truly united in what they were doing and what they believed in.

you may also be wearing a smile on your face because of the shear
AWESOME-NESS of it!!!

 

Bonn climate change intersessional Pt 2

15 May

The youth within the Bonn climate change talks going on this week, are from a mixture of nations, UK, Nepal, Australia, German, French, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Denmark and others.
Many of them have also gone there out of choice and not getting paid for their efforts. (Including moi)

Thus if you were going to split this motley crew of climate campaigners into certain categories, you could go for the groups of –

Unaccredited: These youth turned up for the excitement, because they knew it was important and to check out the stuff going on in Bonn (talks, climate camp) which they could gain entry for.

Accredited: many of those from the UK were accredited via http://www.350.org, meaning they could enter certain UN talks and gain experience on what it was all about. Here’s a blog all about it – UK youth at UNFCCC

Young Friends of the Earth: Two people gained accreditation via the organisation that had 25 placements in all. Two out of 25, does not sound like much, but be assured that they were loud and passionate enough to kick up a good UN fuss.

UNFairplay: A group of youth were there to support smaller nations, who could not afford or have several negotiators at Bonn, giving them a bigger voice amongst those who actually are causing the most carbon emissions.

Adopt a negotiator: This scheme started of in Copenhagen, but gathered speed and lead to being part of YOUNGO– a youth movement that gained constituency status within these UNFCCC meetings. That we all then fell into.

But no matter if their gained entry to the conference or got paid for their efforts. What brought them all together was the aspect of action and making the negotiators discuss and act in making the low-carbon future we all would want and are aiming for.

All of these young people (or shall I say YOUNGO) met up daily to discuss what is going on and what actions can we take.
We talked to negotiators from around the world and mingled with those from Non-Government Organisations. We even had an international youth meeting to discuss goings-on globally, COP16 in Mexico and what we could do together as a collective.
But did we actually make any sodden difference whilst at Bonn? did the actions we take lead to anything?

Bonn climate change intersessional Pt 1

15 May

Bonn in Germany is famous for a couple of reasons – Beethoven, Haribo, being the capital of West Germany and for being the home of many a UN Intercessional.
Last December, the latest craze within the media and the environmental world was Copenhagen and the climate talks. Everyone was hoping for a deal to be placed on the table which would save the world from future climate change, for every country represented in the UN to agree on a certain percentage to cut down their carbon emissions by. – For there to be a moment, that would change history and would become as significant as the fall of the Berlin wall or man walking on the moon.

However- we know this did not happen, for what ever reason no country could agree on a percentage of carbon cuts. At the end of this conference we were left with defining images of human failure.

But what next? Climate issues may not grab the front headlines like it did in December anymore, but that does not mean talks are still happening.
The meetings are giving the catchy abbreviation of UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and they happens roughly 3 times a year, in the lead up to a huge convention in December a.ka. Copenhagen.
Though this year, it shall be moving to Cancun in Mexico.

These intercessionals, are so much more important then the big end of year events – As it is within Bonn where the little things are sorted out, which can make or break a fantastic climate deal.
It is monotonous as all they do is talk about stuff that makes no sense to a novice or they talk about whether a comma is in the right place of a document statement.
Maybe a metaphor will help in this instance
The UNFCCC is like baking a cake. In December you get the finished product of that years baking. However if you did not put in the right amount of eggs, flour, sugar, or baked it thoroughly – you end up with a sodden mess that no one practically likes.

Youth love cake! Thus it is no surprise to find youth attending the UNFCCC bake off.
Aiming to make it a delicious, sugary mess. That ever nation – developed, developing, small island can enjoy.
But how you ask? What do the youth do?

That shall be answered in part 2

The Fill the fund sea-shantie

15 May

I haven’t gone off my rocker and decided to tell you sea-shanties No….
Instead I’m giving you the info on the International Maritime Organisation and there is a reason why.
The IMO is the United Nations arm that develops and maintains framework on shipping and when you go past their headquarters in central London you expect its workers to be dressed like this
like this

But NO, they are normal business suit types and this week has been a very important one regarding themselves and climate change.

For the last four days, meetings have took place on how to create schemes that will reduce their international transport emissions which holds the potentially to save them $12billion per year and knock off 3% of the worlds total carbon emissions.

Which is amazing and brings to mind slightly over-the-top images like solar powered ships:-

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On Monday myself, and a team of Oxfam and tcktcktck representatives campaigned outside their office dressed in sailor hats and as boats –
images are here << I’M A BOAT
Giving representatives from around the world little origami boats for them to play with and which had on them one simple message. Fill The Fund

At COP16 a Climate Fund was set up to distribute a vast amount of money to poorer countries to assist them against climate impacts as well as aid in low-energy development.
Imagine if this spare $12billion IMO have, goes into the fund!
Imagine the kudos they will get from everyone!
Imagine if they were able to come to this type of decision within four days!
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The final outcome from our work , was…..well…. non-existent.
OK we did not expect them to turn around and complete agree with us on the matter, but maybe, just maybe some of the maritime buisness suit types have listened to us and will one day raise the question
‘Why don’t we do something good with all this money?’

An apology

14 May

We are sorry to inform you that during the hours of Sunday night and Monday morning, the youth in Bonn lost their way, due to feeling all powerful after the first week’s success concerning article 6.
We had basically turned into the UN.

Originally the thought was to have a week long action to raise the spirits of the negotiators especially their feelings of Cancun in December. This action did have a good/great original concept; that is not going to be discussed here as it may be used in the future. (we do not want to spoil the surprise)
But it caused confusion between us; contained mixed messages for Bonn within the week ahead, felt grand but complicated and also had the use of an English word – which within a certain context makes no sense to those who do not fully grasp the language.

However as we started to discuss this whole action, we could not let it lie and be dead in the water, we continued to talk over it, long into the night and brought it up again in the early morning sun.
We even got round to perform a type of action, which I am sure not even one negotiator noticed.

So just like the UN, we were taking a very slow, reparative, route before action. Making false starts and stupid decisions that – if we actually listened to everyone i.e. the other youth in the group would never had happened. (Take that to heart bigger nations; do not forget the voice of those smaller then you!)

Can you guess which nations I’m hinting at here!

Youth are meant to be the complete opposite to this.

We were saved by the LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) loophole, which was being rushed through the UNFCCC system to end this Friday 11th, basically allowing larger countries for 1. Continue deforestation due to making loose, unbinding promises to replant some trees in a bid to carbon off-set.

This needed action now, it needed clear messaging, it needed youth input.
It was not some secretive action, trying to slyly affect the negotiators feelings for the future.
It was to make them act now on the future. The main reason we are in Bonn.

The youth were back with a bang.

Approval

14 May

The UN is complicated; meeting after meeting – involving long words, sectioned paragraphs and endless conversations on wording.
Imagine if J.K. Rowling had to present a Harry Potter book to a commitee, who whould then spend time studying every sentence.
To see if it makes sense, if everyone understands that sentence the same way and if any comma is in its right place.
Yep thats the UN.

It takes ages to get anywhere and why many state that the UN should be shut down.
However this morning it worked – it actually bloody worked.
It took a whille, of course.
They was a moment when the meeting was all about the use of the word ‘relevent’ but education concerning climate change has now a fixed set of paragraph statements, each with a nicy shiny number/letter next to them.
I think everyone in the room wanted to cry with happiness