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Jun 16, 2009

Bonn wrap up: "Plugged in"

by PhilLee — last modified Jun 16, 2009 03:09 PM
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Delegates from 182 countries have been in Bonn discussing key negotiating texts which can serve as the basis for critical climate talks in Copenhagen this December. Sam fleet from Friends of the Earth Europe and also a member of the Young Friends of the Earth Europe movement (Young FoEE) was there.

Bonn report card poseAlmost a week has passed since I returned from Bonn; the dust has settled and hopefully the majority of the FoEI delegation, like myself, have returned to a normal working schedule – although I know a few who travelled directly to the FoEE AGM in Lenzen, Germany.

The weekend provided an opportunity to process and evaluate everything that had happened in Bonn, and I remain impressed and inspired by the FoEI presence.

 

On returning to the office a colleague informed me that a friend who had been to the talks had asked her “how much money do Friends of the Earth have!? You were everywhere.” And I agreed, although not because of money, but due to fantastic coordination, dedication and hard work from the FoEI and Young FoEE delegations.

 

Asad Rehman, Senior Campaigner from Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland summed it up perfectly:

 

“We were plugged in at every level, from government delegations to NGO and movement groupings. It was a real example of what an inside and outside strategy can accomplish.” And, the strategy looks set to develop and continue in Bangkok, Barcelona and finally Copenhagen.

The evaluation of the talks themselves: industrialised countries are still not showing leadership. The Climate Justice Network! And FoEI press conference can be watched here:


In short, US, Japan and the EU put forward inadequate reductions targets, continued to push offsetting, and ignored historical responsibility and calls to pay back their ‘climate debt’ – to compensate for the damage that pollution from excessive greenhouse gas pollution over the past 200 years has and will cause in developing countries.

 

The Alliance of Small Island States called on developed countries to commit to higher greenhouse gas reduction targets, Bolivia demanded repayment of the developed world's climate debt and El Salvador and Paraguay stood strong to
protect Indigenous Peoples rights.

 

For a more detailed overview go to:


Thanks for following, and thanks to all those who were in Bonn, look forward to seeing you all in Copenhagen at the latest.

Jun 11, 2009

Inside the Maritim bubble

by PhilLee — last modified Jun 11, 2009 05:52 PM

Delegates from 182 countries are in Bonn discussing key negotiating texts which can serve as the basis for critical climate talks in Copenhagen this December. Sam fleet from Friends of the Earth Europe and also a member of the Young Friends of the Earth Europe movement (Young FoEE) is there.

The first signs of exhaustion set in on Tuesday morning: I jumped on the bus, which I maintain left from the same bus stop, with the same number, at the same time, and failed to notice for several stops that I was going in completely the wrong direction.

 

Needless to say I was late for the 8am FoEI meeting. I arrived half way through the updates from the previous day. We discussed collecting all the blogs from various FoEI members during the two weeks in Bonn.

Here are a couple of links to those that I have not previously mentioned:

Video blogs from Friends of the Earth US:

 

Linda’s blog, Friends of the Earth Netherlands:


I popped outside to photograph the Anti-nuclear action, protesting against the possible inclusion of nuclear activities under the clean development mechanisms, before joining the remaining Young FoEE in discussion over a further action – an end of week school report, and continuation of the previous detention action’s theme.

The evening was spent at the Secretariat’s reception, where after again being fooled by public transport we found ourselves 30 minutes late. We missed the speeches, but thankfully not the free dinner and wine, of which I suspect the majority of the punctual attendees were deeply jealous.

I spent some time doing my best to mingle, but too tired to speak decided instead to stand and observe lobbying in its informal setting. I was slightly disgruntled that after 20 minutes nobody tried to lobby me, but figured my green t-shirt with a bicycle logo betrayed my NGO status.
 
It also struck me that I recognised the majority of people, and that we had all been sharing such a small space for what felt like weeks: the Maritim bubble (the conference venue). I realised that the talks offered a really fantastic opportunity for NGOs to influence the direction that countries would take to tackle climate change in the future, and ultimately a fantastic opportunity to influence the future full-stop – through lobbying and action.

I mentally congratulated the FoEI and Young FoEE team for their dedicated work over the last days. Ready for bed, I accompanied a genuinely lost and confused member of the Secretariat to the train station. At one point during the walk she remarked “oh, what is this lovely place?” to which I responded, “Bonn”.

Jun 08, 2009

Video: Have you done your homework?

by PhilLee — last modified Jun 08, 2009 12:13 PM
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Delegates from 182 countries are in Bonn discussing key negotiating texts which can serve as the basis for critical climate talks in Copenhagen this December. Young Friends of the Earth Europe (Young FoEE) are there asking world leaders if they're going to cut their emissions by 40% by 2020.

Jun 05, 2009

Bingo and beach parties in Bonn

by PhilLee — last modified Jun 05, 2009 11:15 PM
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Delegates from 182 countries are in Bonn discussing key negotiating texts which can serve as the basis for critical climate talks in Copenhagen this December. Sam fleet from Friends of the Earth Europe and also a member of the Young Friends of the Earth Europe movement (Young FoEE) is there.

Young FoEE-Bonn-Merkel cutoutI took a second to reassess the situation after the detention action, and was shocked to find that it was only 10:30am. Some rushed discussions about further press work interrupted my sleepy ponderings, and then I had to dash to meet the policy group, who were badgering me to photograph their meeting with the German delegation, which I was more than happy to do.

 

The debate seemed lively, although I must admit I had no idea what they were talking about. I was unsure whether I found it inspiring or troubling that so many of the participants, who were clearly much younger than myself, seemed so knowledgeable about policy, and knew so many acronyms: I was still mulling over the sign outside the Maritim Hotel which appeared to point to BINGO.

 

After lunch and a swift media group meeting, it was time to join BUND Jugend, the German Young FoEE group, preparing a beach party outside the Maritim, with cut-out cartoons of Merkel and climate refugees. Having been refused permission to present either the cut-out figures or the accompanying film inside the Maritim, they used portable laptops to show passers-by the clip, and collected signed postcards.

 

Discussions with Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, followed concerning the vague action policy surrounding the event, resulting in permission for the entry of Merkel and company into the Maritim.

 

I finally found time to collect my thoughts, and it was still only 4 pm...

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