Let the negotiations being. Today the 7th of December, environment ministers and officials will meet in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate conference to thrash out a successor to the Kyoto protocol. The conference, held at the modern Bella Center, will run for two weeks.
One hundred and ninety-two countries have signed the climate change convention. More than 15,000 officials, advisers, diplomats, campaigners and journalists are expected to attend COP15, joined by heads of state and government.
Article contributed by Matt Sterling
The Copenhagen summit is widely regarded as the last chance to stop catastrophic global warming. Without an international agreement to limit global warning, temperatures are predicted to rise by at least 5 degrees Celsius (C) by the end of the century, triggering mass migration, warfare and hunger.
In a special report released last week called ‘The Copenhagen Diagnosis’, 26 of the world’s leading scientists, most of whom are authors of published IPCC reports, conclude that several important aspects of climate change are occurring at the high end or even beyond the expectations of only a few years ago. For example, the area of summer sea-ice melt during 2007-2009 was about 40% greater than the average projection from the 2007 IPCC Report.
Peter Ainsworth, UK MP and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Environment said; “The Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen will be seen by our children as a defining moment. Will we, in this generation, have the courage to take the action at home and across the globe which is needed in order to ensure economic, social and environmental wellbeing? This is not about saving the planet – the planet can look after itself – it’s about saving what passes for civilisation. I f we look for a single solution to the challenge of climate change, we will look in vain. There are millions of solutions: in our homes; in the workplace; in government policies; and in emerging technologies and enterprise. But beyond the complexity of all of that there remains the simple fact that if we continue to destroy the rainforests our other efforts will fail.”
According to Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, the four essentials needing an international agreement in Copenhagen are:
1 How much are industrialised countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?
2 How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?
3 How is the help needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed?
4 How is that money going to be managed?
When you’ve got a group of hard head politicians in the same place hitting and dodging responsibility, it’s going to be a difficult task to get any concrete agreement in place. But lets hope at least we can have some sort of blue print mapped out to encourage nations to unit as one and work towards a common goal.
God help us to unite as one!
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