Erlend Knudsen began the evening with the story and inspiration behind the Pole to Paris Campaign.
The need to do the campaign in this scale??
Why is he optimistic about a deal being signed in Paris COP21?
- The build up has been good with countries sending in their pledges already.
- The big countries have declared the emission cuts well in advance.
- There is a need for a deal which incorporates sanctions as we don’t want to end up with another Kyoto protocol.
- The Green Climate Fund is a good thought but it needs to be put in action.
- Everything will fail unless there is a motivation for the people to act!!
The three big Olympic questions on Climate Change
James Pope talks about the global temperature predictions.
Only the best case scenario (not business as usual) will keep us within the 2deg limit.
And it is also predicted there could be a 10% precipitation difference in Amazon because of climate change which could be catastrophic because Amazon is a massive carbon sink.
It is strange that it took us 21 COPs to agree to a climate change deal argued Tony Juniper a climate change specialist who has seen it all right from the Rio Earth summit in 1992 where it all began.
Tony Juniper delivering the talk
Tony criticised the current UK Govt. for its recent renewable energy policy goof-up. It took them only 6 months to bury our 30 years of work he argued.
Tony believes acting on climate change will not only save the plant but it will also help countries by strengthening the economy (more jobs in the process), enhanced security (energy) and to build resilient cities.
He also went on to discuss what is now referred to as impact on climate change on civil unrest. For more info check “Can climate change spark a war?”
Pippa Heylings of Climate and Development Knowledge Network
describes this situation as a ‘Tipping Point’. She believes our past deeds have now left us with no option but to act.
The Final Word
The success of the deal will not depend on what the sanctions are going to be or will it be imposed. It depends on the people and how they act. All the experts were unanimous in their opinion that only people can make the deal a success. They have to believe that every action they do counts. They should be vocal in appraising the progress of their respective governments at regular intervals. Its only peer pressure among the nations that will make the deal click.
Time to act on Climate Change is NOW!!