Seeds of Change - Heiner Benking's Blog - FOR BOLD DELEGATES of the UNFCCC COP 15 and CMP 5    
picture picture 19 Dec 2009 @ 08:53, by Heiner Benking

Two and a half year ago, at Commission on Sustainable Development held on 15 May 2007 at the United Nations in New York, we urged delegates to be bold ! and not only use the term "crisis" in an official United Nations documents, or headlines:

Give the title-less negotiating text a TITLE. Here is a proposed title in this carbon-constrained globalizing world where mitigation and adaptation are needed to cope with the climate crisis:

Commission on Sustainable Development +15 AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS: 2000 – 2100, see document (hand-out):

What happened in Copenhagen?
1) Many of the CSD members, were not at the COP conference, so there was no apparent continuance or cohesion.
2) Civil Society and Media were not in "place",
3) There was a lack of inter-cultural checking of climate change language, terminology or cultural expressions used in the preparation of the final document.
4) Insufficient participation and deliberation by those who attended such an important conference.

I urge bold delegates today at UNFCC [more] and in further summits to:
1) Outline the frames of reference using stronger words and communication. These must go beyond isolated words and values.
2) Harmonize information and follow the proposed route towards wider targets such as the EESC proposal side-event: "Climate Change, GDP and measurements of prosperity" , or this years Nobel Prize to Eleanor Ostrom, Economy and Political Sciences, Dec, 8., 2009, (slide 44).
3) Use the arts and role-play when showcasing their positions, and make these fit the situation. eg: See Richard C. Collins and the performance/video "The Challenge of the Madrigal Sea" (Chesapeake Bay 1993) "A Coastal Sea in Trouble", for example, or the round-tables to discuss "Another Earth in Trouble?" at UN Climate 1995 , the "non-predecessor" of Kyoto". [more]

This is a first hand response after attending to Copenhagen 2009 for two weeks. We have worked for many weeks prior to the conference with others around the world. This blog cannot give all the answers, but if you visit "pitch" (PDF 2MB) and look at the last side-event of the KLIMAFORUM 09, it will help you to be involved and add your views and also vote. What I mean is well described at the pitch - slide 22,25,28, 43,44, and 64. 21stCenturyAgora site, in the Obamavision exercise, and in the event mentioned above.
PLEASE COME BACK as I have to "jump trains" tonight and need to recover in the "calm season" at years end. Meanwhile maybe check the slides below: (I will use Lecturnity so you have a full presentation maybe at the end of the year).

In case you like FOOD FOR THOUGHT and ACTION I can recommend this roundtable recommendations done in a process over years in Toronte (PDF)- this years DRAFT by Julia Morton-Marr:
FOOD AND POPULATION ROUNDTABLE outcomes from Nov. 20 - 21, 2009

see also the 2007 WASAN ACTION FRAMEWORK on CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY - Interdisciplinary Round Table on Climate Change and Energy Strategies (CCERT)
September 14/15, 2007 Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada, website.

and maybe check out the whole COUNCIL OF GLOBAL ISSUES site:


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