On Saturday, in what was billed as perhaps one of the most ambitious attempts at global participative democracy, South Africans took part the World Wide Views on Climate and Energy debate involving 10,000 participants from 83 countries on five continents over 24 hours. The views collected by citizens are intended to influence climate change talks that will take place prior to and at COP21 in Paris in December. MARIANNE THAMM was there.
After over twenty years of Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks, the aim at this year’s gathering COP21 – due to take place in Paris in December and expected to be attended by 40,000 delegates – is to urgently seal concrete and legally binding agreements to combat climate change and encourage a swift global transition to low-carbon societies and economies.
COP15, which took place in Copenhagen in 2009, saw a deal, brokered between China, South Africa, India, Brazil and the US and aimed at providing $30 billion a year for poor countries to adapt to climate change from 2010 to 2012 and increasing to $100 billion by 2020. However, the deal was merely “taken note of” rather than being…
Source : Daily Maverick