COP21 Update – Wednesday, December 2
UN watchers were pleased that so many heads of state recognize that climate change is already resulting in severe impacts, and that leaders of the most powerful nations are acknowledging threats to the most vulnerable. The main sticking point is probably the level of ambition; Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, noted that the national plans for carbon reduction submitted before the conference are not enough to meet the 2% carbon level goal, let alone the 1.5% goal that might save the small island states. There does seem to be a consensus building that nations must find ways to meet the more ambitious goals. Several countries pledged more money for climate adaptation for the least developed countries. After the leaders left the negotiators got to work. Today they worked mostly in small groups on specific issues. They hope to have a draft document ready by Saturday for negotiator4s to work on next week.
Yesterday (for the first time in the history of the climate talks), agriculture was the focus of an entire day of negotiations. This shows the importance of making more food available for growing global population but at the same time reducing agriculture’s greenhouse gas footprint. An interesting figure from CPI Analysis indicated that while agriculture and related areas used 3 billion US$ in 2014 to finance climate change adaptation, water / wastewater management was #1 at 14 billion!
Today the three UNANIMA International representatives (Stacy Hanrahan CND, Michele Morek OSU, and Barbra Spears SNJM) took some time to meet for lunch and explore some of the exhibits in the civil society venue.