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Climate Change & COP19

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Brenna Owen

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Transcript of Climate Change & COP19

The Arctic, 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
Our mandate:
Ensure the future sustainability of the Polar Regions
Rio+20,
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (2012)
Clinton Global Initiative University
Conference (2013)
COP18,
UN Climate Change Negotiations (2012)
COP19,
UN Climate Change Negotiations (2013)
Climate Change in the Arctic
Rising Air Temperatures

Melting Ice

Rising Sea Levels

Melting Permafrost

Feedback Loops

Loss of Biodiversity
The Delegation at COP19
Delegates met
with leaders in civil society, media & government:
Mary Robinson,
former Irish President & United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, climate advocate
Elizabeth May,
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Dan McDougall,
Canadian Climate Change Ambassador
Kelly Rigg,
Executive Director tcktcktck
Stephen Leahy,
Canadian environmental journalist
Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Environment & Chair of the Arctic Council
Youth
at COP19
Our Recommendations
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
mitigation targets

by 2015
latest!
marginal progress on
financing
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”


“The
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”
Climate (In)equity
Our Recommendations
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

4. EXPLORE
ALTERNATIVE, NON-INVASIVE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
IN ORDER TO GROW HEALTHY DOMESTIC ECONOMIES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

5. PROTECT
POLAR OCEANS
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
(this year)!
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