My response: I would be fascinated to know how many campuses are discussing the nitty gritty details of the UNFCCC processes, agreements and proposals and what the implications are for our students. I have attended the last 3
COP meetings, and there are a number of U.S. colleges and universities represented, but by far, the youth (meaning college-aged students) from other countries are more deeply engaged and have a fuller understanding of the issues. I salute this student for representing the voice that hasn't been heard enough by the U.S. delegation. Delegations (parties) from other nations, many of which are not democracies by our definition, function in a much more collaborative and interactive (dare I say democratic fashion) than ours in terms of their composition and interaction with civil society.
If anyone reading this has followed our postings on this blog over the past few years, you will know that I greatly admire the late Wangari Maathai. Yesterday, Amy Goodman interviewed her daughter Wanjira (who sounds a lot like her mother). Her message to the U.S.: “Shape up or get out!”
From afar, it appeared that tensions rose further today. http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/09-10#.TuKRFi4HkLU.facebook
Protests outside the venue grew louder on Friday, and according to several reports, delegates from the worlds most vulnerable countries security had been tight and any “actions” were limited to less than 15 people, so I don’t know how they pulled this off!
The talks went into extra time Friday with yet another Indaba being held at South African time! According to the UNFCCC website, a document will be posted on Saturday morning and the meeting will resume sometime after the Parties have had an opportunity to review this. This extension into Saturday occurred in Copenhagen as well. I remember being in the airport trying to catch tidbits of the news reports even though they were in Danish.
So now we wait again…