Yipeee for youth
The grown ups are getting down with the youth and finding that, actually, we have some interesting things to say.
Today I came away from the conference thinking 'the European ministers are horrid' and 'young people here are by far those with the most sense'.
Sitting in various meetings I learnt that the European Union was last year (in Bali) seen to be leading the progressive approach. So as the EU start to finalise their 'energy package' other international parties will look to the package to act as a benchmark. And what a poor example they are setting, having reduced their carbon reduction commitment by almost half to 20% .
A year ago they also pronounced that they would give financial aid to to help developing countries adapt to climate change, which is logical considering that a lot of carbon emissions originated in Europe. Apparently this is not the case any more. Perhaps they have used all their money to bail out the banks?!
And so to the youth...
The first youth meeting I attended today was amazing! Unlike the 'grown up' international parties, the youth have managed to join together despite cultural, political and religious differences to fight for a future without climate catastrophe!
A man from the UN food and agriculture department (FAO) told us today that they are hoping that young people will be recognised at next year's COP as an official delegation because "we actually seem to care about what is decided". He is correct, its our future they decide in those talks! Perhaps the 'oldies' need to take a leaf from the young book.
The youth have lots of interesting actions planned (a few about the EU) which I will regale you with tales of soon!