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Tutu’s famous words:
“We marched in Berlin, and the wall fell.
We marched for South Africa, and apartheid fell.
“We marched at Copenhagen — and we WILL get a Real Deal.”

Warangi Maathai speaks at the launch

Warangi Maathai speaks at the launch

At the Climate and Development days, a side event to COP15, I was privy to see the launch of the and Google collaboration. Warangi Maathai, nobel peace prize winner, held a heart-warming speach on how the Google Earth platform can help highlight the impact of our changing climate and what adaptation measures may be incouraged to reduce the damage.

In two years of following the negotiations I have come to realise how much they have changed – from an old boys’ club to a movement being driven by the youth.

Last night was the NGO party, traditionally organised for all observer organisations present at the UNFCCC negotiations. The Vega venue was packed to the brim with a young and energetic group. Faces from all corners of the world were presented, and the sexual tension on the dance floor flowed between all cultures and races. Coming from South Africa, which in many ways is still very divided and stressed with tension, this party was a welcoming display of unity. Read the rest of this entry »

Copenhagen is here. The world is set to come together to throw their eggs at a new climate change deal – or are they? Much of the discussion is on what Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction targets developed (Annex 1) countries should take on by 2020.

Most following the climate change negotiations have safely placed their eggs in their negotiation baskets. How many of these will be broken is yet to be seen. Civil society for one, spear headed by the CAN International network, has published its Fair, Ambitious & Binding document highlighting what is expected from Copenhagen. The CAN eggs call on industrialized countries as a group to take a target of more than 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. Read the rest of this entry »

There is no doubt that we are at COP15. As soon as I got off my flight I was bombarded by exciting advertising aimed to provoke my climate change guilt. Amongst the most innovative were those by the “tcktcktck” campaign showing aged world leaders like Barack Obama and Gordon Brown with slogans saying “In Copenhagen we could have saved the world”. Siemens also has a great “Hopenhagen” campaign. Read the rest of this entry »