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Climate Change & COP19
Transcript of Climate Change & COP19
Perspectives by the Students On Ice Alumni Delegation
What is the SOI Delegation?
Who are we?
Young alumni of Students on Ice expeditions, united by the rare privilege of having visited the Arctic and/or Antarctic
Ensure the future sustainability of the Polar Regions
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (2012)
Clinton Global Initiative University
UN Climate Change Negotiations (2012)
UN Climate Change Negotiations (2013)
Climate Change in the Arctic
Rising Air Temperatures
Rising Sea Levels
Loss of Biodiversity
The Delegation at COP19
with leaders in civil society, media & government:
former Irish President & United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, climate advocate
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Canadian Climate Change Ambassador
Executive Director tcktcktck
Canadian environmental journalist
Minister of Environment & Chair of the Arctic Council
1. ACT IN A
SPIRIT OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
AND BECOME A SIGNATORY OF THE NEXT GLOBAL CLIMATE AGREEMENT
2. RECOGNIZE THE
RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT & THEIR IMPACTS
COP19 Report Card: Outcomes
Request countries to set
marginal progress on
starting a mechanism to address
"loss and damage"
strengthening of REDD+ (protecting forests)
Adaptation Fund - $100 million
The Big Picture
“The Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity and in accordance with their
common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities”
developed countries acknowledge the responsibility
they bear in the international pursuit of sustainable development in view of the pressures their societies place on the global environment and of the
technologies and financial resources they command”
3. DRAFT & IMPLEMENT LEGISLATION CREATING A
MORATORIUM ON PETROLEUM EXTRACTION
IN THE ARCTIC UNTIL A FIRM CONSERVATION STRATEGY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED & FURTHER, CONCLUSIVE RESEARCH HAS BEEN DONE
ALTERNATIVE, NON-INVASIVE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
IN ORDER TO GROW HEALTHY DOMESTIC ECONOMIES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
IN ORDER TO PROTECT GLOBAL OCEANS
COP19 Report Card: Shortcomings
Lack of urgency
Lack of political will
No clear pathway for 2015 climate agreement
so much has to be done in 2014