Relatively few people knew that governments were meeting in Warsaw recently to work on the global climate agreement, due for sign-off in Paris in December 2015. Exasperated environmental NGOs walked out of the meeting and the head of the Philippines delegation, Yeb Sano resorted to fasting to make his point that the Haiyan Typhoon devastation was caused by changing climate. Even still there was an almighty struggle to keep negotiations on track, with governments retreating from the idea of commitments to softer wording around contributions. On track maybe, but governments are not yet imbued with the determination to make you confident the final agreement will bring down increasing carbon emissions.
Given that I’m now a granny, my stake in the future has just shot out to around 2090.. I have a very direct interest in there being a successful agreement and liked the parting Warsaw message from Ida Auken, Denmark’s minister for the environment: “We want to make sure that those who come after us will also be able to enjoy the same wonders of life that we have … don’t forget to show people that you fight not because you deny life but exactly because you love it”.
Quite so.. get on the case of your local MP!