Well, here I am in Johannesburg International airport on a long layover before I return to London. It is unclear how this last COP negotiation day will proceed. When I left Copenhagen (COP 15) two years ago at the same point in the negotiations I felt hopeless. But something happened these past 9 or so days; I saw that a country that still has many developing areas has really taken steps in small scale projects that both engage local communities and take advantage of funding on the international scale. Continue reading
Posted by Aurelia Annino, part of IofC Team in Cancun and co-founder of SiKanda, a non-profit organization. http://www.si-kanda.org
My perception of the COP16 conference changed every single day.
I arrived 2 weeks ago at the conference and as my first experience with COP, I didn’t know what to expect from the organization of the conference nor from seeing all of the different governments together.
At the beginning I remember I was impressed with the quantity of youth attending the COP. It looked as if about 70% of the attendees were no older than 35. I was a little concerned, wondering if the COP had sufficient facility space, but at the same time was happy to see how many young people were interested in climate change, society, sustainable development and politics. This awoke a feeling of hope for this new generation that I had lost some years ago. It was refreshing seeing youth interested in societal issues, where I had previously observed this generation as more self-absorbed. Continue reading