This is Esau Sinnok & Itinterunga Rae Bainteiti from the island's of Shishmaref in the Arctic and Kiribati in the Pacific. They live at different latitudes and very different temperatures, but they share a similar community based lifestyle.
I caught up with David Gawith to get the highlights from the COP21 leaders event. Strong sentiments and emotive entreaties kicked off the negotiations. But who said what, and will words translate into actions?
Paris2015 has begun and yesterday marked the largest gathering of world leaders on one day in one place in the history of the UN.
Wait... but why? What's the big deal? The big deal is the biggest deal on climate change in the history of big climate change deals. Before packing our bags I spoke with David Tong of Fast for the Climate (fastfortheclimate.org) to get a bit of insight into the past 20 years of the UN climate negotiations, and explore why Paris2015 is the big one... but definitely not the last one.
Applications have almost closed to join AYLI's delegation to COP21 in Paris! There's still time to submit your application. So If you are still trying to make up your mind then have a quick look over these photos I took at last years conference in Lima, Peru. Then hurry and send in your application before the end of the day!
Short personal story - going to COP20 in Lima last December was the first time I've felt embarrassment as a New Zealander in the wider world. Our government, acting on our behalf, was doing far less than necessary to ensure a successful and robust international climate agreement. But now we have a chance to change that.
I was privileged to speak about my experiences at COP20 to one of my sponsors last night. COP was such an immense, intense, cathartic experience that within the 20 minute discussion I could really only give a brief overview of all that happened. But, one thing I was thanked for in particular was including plenty of photos from the adventure.
“…truth, honour, justice, and environmental integrity and sustainability. Once you have these things in your head they’re there, you can never be an asshole basically”.
Yesterday, the Western Leader wrote about our COP 20 delegates Benjamin Brooking, Renee Annan, Kern Mangan-Walker and Yong Ly travelling to Lima.