COP15, Day 2

By Kelly Gulbrandson, UpTake intern.


- A group of World Wildlife Federation members set up an arctic tent with a life-sized polar bear carved out of ice for people to tell their climate change stories. Today, the tent was visited by lots of young people. Very cool how the Arctic has become a magnet for young people intent on making a difference in the world.

-Interesting video by Australian students giving their perspective on Cop15 and climate change
Amanda Mckenzie and Anna Rose, members of Australian Youth Climate Coalition, put together a video of what students from across the planet are doing to get their voices heard during the Climate Conference.

-Top UN scientist Rajendra Pachauri defends fellow British scientists accused in hacking into e-mails from a leading British climate research center which is being referred to as Climategate. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concurs with Pachauri: “Nothing that has come out in the public as a result of the recent email hackings has cast doubt on the basic scientific message on climate change and that message is quite clear – that climate is changing much, much faster than we realized and we human beings are the primary cause.”

-President Obama announces that greenhouse gases would now be considered a health hazard.
This announcement would give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate industrial emissions.

-Protestors set up banners to warn delegates of the serious issues being discussed at the conference.
While delegates were not required to pass by either of the signs to enter the conference today, some chose to do so in order to see what the group, the World Wildlife Federation, had to say.

“Welcome to two weeks where we are to perform what is most difficult in politics,” Denmark’s prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, said.

-Charts of data were displayed today showing the current decade is on track to be the hottest on record for planet Earth. This prompted climate activists and others, including delegates from impoverished countries, to say that the more impoverished states should bear a lesser burden than wealthier industrialized countries in the effort to slow global warming. Richer countries such as United States and Canada disagree.

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