Saturday, November 04, 2006

Hey all!
Today we had a presentation at the 680 Hotel by Agnes de Rooij, our international coordinator! The youth at the conference were very impressed by the kind of work we’ve been doing (internationally!!) and also by my debrief on solargen India. Also presentations by Jake Torrie (SG Canada) and Laura Canoit (SG France) were well received.
Steve Sawyer, our international campaigner (if you don’t know who he is please check out the Rainbow Warrior Centenary Website at http://www.Greenpeace. Org ) presented on Preventing Dangerous Climate Change, and this is what he had to say: “ The contribution of Africa to global climate change is negligible however the impacts it is likely to suffer are colossal.” According to him for this COP/MOP these will be the most important issues:

Art 3.9 negotiations
Art 9 review – Annex B
Review of ‘developing’ nations for those countries in Annexe 2 which actually qualify to join Annexe 1– e.g. Singapore, South Korea, etc
(sorry about the techno-greek but tha’s how it is… I’ll probably post more English in a later post! Ha ha.)
On the issues that the US continually is bantering Steve says, “China has about four times the pop of the US but the US produces one and a half times the GHG’s that china does. How fair is that?” (* note I’m not actually reporting what was said but kind of modifying it on the fly for better representation. The ideas remain intact; the words do not!)
Dr. Nyamaso, ED, Kenya Initiative for Development, spoke on climate change and youth from an African perspective.

Velma Mwendwa, YEN- Kenya – ah well what do I say, this lady actually says that DDT is a solution to combating malaria… don’t know if I should laugh or cry! After all the work that has been done in the rest of the world we find educated people here unconsciously are doing propaganda work for corporate criminals! However the far more important thing she spoke about is the concept of DIY photovoltaics. It was an interesting idea and maybe we could come up with ideas to develop such a campaign in India (Akshay, Salil?). apart from obvious benefits these kits could provide employment!

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