Monday, December 13, 2010
Highlights of the agreement include a climate fund for developing countries, youth and non-formal education mentioned in the text of Article 6, and 1.5 degrees stated in the shared vision.
During climate change intersessional meetings in 2011, countries will continue to work on the text, and there is hope for a fair, ambitious, and binding deal at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa. In South Africa, nations will continue to negotiate the climate change agreement in working towards a commitment to science-based targets and a legally binding mechanism.
Cancun was successful in paving the way for Durban in 2011. Our WAGGGS delegation worked very hard this year, and we are proud of our impact at COP17. We look forward to educating our own communities about climate change and taking action back home to better the environment, remembering to "Think Globally. Act Locally."
Yours in Guiding and Scouting,
Saturday, December 11, 2010
|1.5 Degrees Standing Action. The youth at COP16 held a banner and flags to recognize the 106 countries who support reducing emissions so that global temperature rises less than 1.5 degrees.|
|Holding the flags of nations in 1.5 degrees action.|
|Felix, a 12 year old boy from Germany, planted one tree for each country at the conference center with the help of world leaders and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Felix's goal is to plant trees in every country in the world.|
|Suseth reading her sign, "1.5 to stay alive" for the final action.|
|Banner with signatures and messages for a Fair, Ambitious, and Binding Climate Change deal made by the New Zealand Youth Delegation.|
|Inside the Cancunmesse! Many side events and exhibition booths were housed in the Cancunmesse.|
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
|Our final mini-side event! A group of youth from Indonesia joined us for a climate change game!|
Monday, December 6, 2010
|A meeting of women leaders!|
|A photo with Mary Robinson who is former president of Ireland and president of the Mary Robinson Foundation.|
Sunday, December 5, 2010
|WAGGGS delegation meeting!|
|At the Moon Palace waiting for the SBI meeting to begin!|
|Negotiation Hall. Everyone is working hard every day at the conference, even on Saturday.|
|Robert Owen Jones, Chair of the SBI, holds up a gold star after the success of the contact group on Article 6. The WAGGGS delegation made the gold stars and the youth constituency distributed them to all of the negotiators.|
|Mexican Mariachi Band at COP16.|
Saturday, December 4, 2010
|Meeting with Lucy Wanjiru Njagi, Programme Specialist in Gender, Environment, and Climate Change for the United Nations Development Programme.|
|"One Voice" on Trine's forehead to represent the unified voice of WAGGGS members.|
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The WAGGGS delegation encourages you to join the young women representing WAGGGS at COP16 in an action song TODAY! This song is very popular. It was first sung by youth at a Climate Change conference in Canada in 2005, and was performed by youth, including the WAGGGS delegation, at the 2009 climate change conference in Denmark.
Our WAGGGS delegation at COP16 will sing this song at COP16 TODAY as part of Young and Future Generations (Yo-Fu-Ge) Day. We will join about 200 youth in singing this song at the Climate Change Conference and invite you to join in by performing this action song in your own community today, too!
|Youth and Future Generations Day T-shirt!|
|Youth Action: Standing along entrance way making a statement that youth are not part of negotiation process|
|WAGGGS Climate Change action song with other youth at 12pm!!|
|An interview with Associated Press Washington and Chinese News!|
|Katie, WAGGGS panelist at side event: Living up to the education challenge of Article 6. Katie also spoke at a side event entitled: Non-formal peer education and Article 6.|
|Miriam moderating side event panel: Living up to the education challenge of Article 6--preparing children and young people for climate change.|
|WAGGGS youth delegates at the Christiana Figures (Executive Secretary of UNFCCC) high-level briefing.|
|Miriam is wearing a WAGGGS t-shirt that says "I am 1 in 10 million." There are 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world who speak together with one loud voice on climate change issues specific to girls and young women.|
|Vera is getting ready for COP16!|
|WAGGGS stand in exhibition hall at COP16.|
|Vicki is speaking out about what WAGGGS is doing at COP16.|
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
|Mexican dancers during snack break. Beautiful dresses!|
|Learning about working groups one evening at COY.|
|Sitting together with all of the youth and learning about the role of youth at COP16.|
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Check out the WAGGGS website http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/news/20728
Get involved too!
You can get involved too! On 2 December our delegates will be asking WAGGGS members to join in with an action on climate change: the 'YoFuGe-Action'. The action will take approximately 15 minutes and will be part of the ‘Youth and future Generations day’.
Stay tuned...a video and details will be available on the website on November 28! Ensure that on December 2 you have a group together ready to follow the instructions and join in the worldwide campaign for climate justice!
I arrived in Cancún last night. Yesterday I spoke about climate change with my airplane seatmate from Pakistan. He told me that he is skeptical about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), but expressed support for the youth at the UN climate change conference. He asked me many questions about what the Girl Scouts are doing at COP16, and it was great to hear his satisfaction with his son's preschool environmental curriculum.
While waiting for the bus to downtown, I met a couple from Brooklyn who were surprised to learn that a climate change conference was happening in Cancún. After taking the bus to the hostel, it was wonderful to meet Miriam and Katie, two WAGGGS colleagues!
Katie, Miriam, and I looked in some shops today on our walk to buy cell phone sim cards. It has been fun meeting new WAGGGS delegates this afternoon, and we are all busy getting ready for the Conference of Youth (COY) that begins tomorrow. We officially begin our WAGGGS training this evening! The 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) begins on Monday.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
More entries to come soon! I will be participating in the UN Climate Change discussions in Cancun, Mexico, beginning at the end of November.