Saturday, March 28, 2009

Environmentalists Gear Up for the Negotiations

Hundreds of activists have again descended upon these UN Climate Change Talks as part of their tireless effort to produce a global commitment that will help us keep global warming as far below 2 degrees as possible and help prevent the most dangerous impacts on climate change.

The International Climate Action Network has its 20th birthday this year. In that time it has been the primary vehicle for environmental and development organizations to coordinate their work on climate change.

CAN had its strategy session today where it identified its priorities and planned its work for these Climate Change Talks in Bonn. In addition to the big picture, it planned the activities of its major working groups that cover most of the issues within the negotiations:
  • Adaptation (primarily of developing countries to the impacts of climate change)
  • Bunkers (ensuring emissions from aviation and maritime transport are reduced)
  • Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry for industrialized countries
  • Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation and Deforestation in developing countries
  • Mitigation
  • Financing (of mitigation in developing countries)
  • Technology transfer (to developing countries to aid in mitigation)
If the calibre and commitment of this group are any indication, we should get a good climate change agreement in Copenhagen this year!

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