Bonn

Daily update COP6

Posted by bex — 23 July 2001 at 7:00am - Comments

Update: 23rd July

0600 hrs: As dawn broke over the conference center in Bonn, our emotional roller coaster hit another trough, as word came through that the rumors of a deal that we had heard of a few hours earlier, had run onto the rocks again.

Most of us had been up all night, as well as most of the night before, and the strain was just enormous. As I left the conference center to run back to the office, the banner the students had hung in the trees stood out against the dawn, a forlorn plea for sanity and a stark reminder of the simplicity of the fundamental issue - to either move forward, or move backward in our fight to protect the climate.

Daily update COP6

Posted by bex — 19 July 2001 at 7:00am - Comments
wind turbines at sunset

wind turbines at sunset

Update: 19th July

The pace of activities continues to pick up rapidly here in Bonn.

Yesterday, the US Greenpeace students had a formal debate at 8 AM with the "Corporate" students brought over by a combination of climate skeptics, the oil industry and Republicans. Needless to say, our students carried the day, which started early because the "Corporate" students had to rush off for a sightseeing tour of nearby Cologne.

NGOs here have created a button (badge) with a picture of the Japanese flag and the words "Honour Kyoto" on them. German Environment Minister Jurgen Trittin was spotted wearing one, as well as delegates from many other countries.

International climate talks July 2001

Posted by bex — 16 July 2001 at 7:00am - Comments
international climate talks 2001

international climate talks 2001

World governments met in Bonn for the international climate talks in July 2001. The talks took place against a backdrop of new scientific evidence that confirms what most have suspected all along, that the threat of climate change is even worse than was previously thought.

Public opinion polls around the world show overwhelming public support for positive action to combat climate change, and the European Union has pledged to go forward and ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the only international treaty to protect the climate. But on the other side stands the United States, George W. Bush and his corporate sponsors like Esso, Texaco, Chevron and the other oil companies, the coal industry, and the other US corporate polluters who put Bush into power and now expect some payback.

Daily update COP6

Posted by bex — 15 July 2001 at 11:42am - Comments
dont let us drown

dont let us drown

Update: 15th July , 2001

As NGOs, press and delegates from around the world gathered in Bonn over the weekend, the tension started to build for what will be a very busy two weeks for everyone involved in the climate issue. The Greenpeace delegation, from over a dozen countries, and including over 20 US university students, arrived on Friday night and Saturday morning. We spent the time orienting ourselves, setting up our office here and finalising plans for the week. The first Climate Action Network meeting, with other NGOs from around the world, focussed on what we could expect from the US, how to go about putting pressure on Japan, and what the hell we're going to do about Australia and Canada, who seem to be lining up as the US mouthpieces in these talks since the US has rejected the Kyoto Protocol.

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