Dec 11, 2008
Some cause for hope and excitement on another rainy day in Poznan.
This morning was brightened up with a colourful, fantastic action by Young Friends of the Earth Europe.
They've spent months collecting almost 2000 messages on little squares of fabric from people in 30 countries. After many arduous hours stitching them together into banners and ribbons the outcome was incredible.
"Act now! Wrap it up! Act now!" was the message of the day, with a 2 meter globe being wrapped in a ribbon containing messages of hope and action, to inspire delegates and urge them to 'wrap up' the negotiations.
The individual messages were fantastic, covering everything from more wind power to demands for climate justice and more. Quite a number in languages I didn't recognise either, which is always good to see (the dominance of the english language in the climate negotiations is appalling).
The great atmosphere and colours of the action meant that not only the ministers who had agreed to come showed up, but also someone from the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a Commissioner from.. well, not really sure where along with crowds of people peering through the windows at us.
The Ministers that came - from Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany - were presented with a framed fabric message, and, there even appeared to be genuine excitement from some.
A good job at any rate. The Young FoE Europe crew are fantastic and a force to be reckoned with. I'm looking forward to seeing what they're involved in next - although there may not be much more opportunity for action before this climate meeting ends, there are rumours of interesting plans for 2009. If you want to keep an eye on them, or get involved, check out their blog here - http://countdowntopoznhagen..wordpress.com/
On a more serious note though, the negotiations are supposed to end today, and so far there isn't much to be hopeful about. The statements from Ministers started today, which really highlights what is important to different countries and gives an idea of what will come out of this. I spent so much of the day frowning I think I've given myself permanent creases between my eyebrows - and we still have a day of statements to go!
Nevertheless, I'll keep you posted (and try to keep a degree of hope - a necessity if you're going to be involved in this process).