Stop Climate Chaos

SCCS blog from Copenhagen: Part 5

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland @ Cop15
Sam Gardner
DAY Five - by Dr Sam Gardner.
Friday 11th December 2009

Yesterday Copenhagen replaced Tiger Woods as the world's number one search query on Google. If interest in these negotiations can knock the global fascination with the personal life of a (albeit amazingly talented) golfer from the top of the pile then maybe the world will not allow a these talks to fail.

Around the world communities are preparing for a massive day of global action this Saturday. The thousands who marched in Scotland last week helped kick-off this global gathering. This weekend some of the very same people I proudly marched with at the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland event in Glasgow will be here in Copenhagen to again show support for a strong deal.

Inside the COP there is an ever growing number of folk sporting badges and lanyards saying "Scotland 42 per cent by 2020". We’ve started handing these out to people who are always thrilled to hear of Scotland’s ambition and immediately put them on with pride. Scotland’s ambition is being heard and in some small way we are playing a part in moving things forward. Yesterday in Holyrood, I hear that the very same badges were being worn by MSPs during a motions debate.

Back in Copenhagen UN chief, Ban Ki Moon, has spoken of the need to build the trust between nations if the conference is to succeed. This means rich countries committing to reduce their emissions by at least 40 per cent and committing to the long term finance that developing nations need to protect them from the climate impacts we have caused.

There was an encouraging statement from the French today that may go some way to tackling this deficit. They have proposed ending the current perverse accounting of emissions from land use and forestry supported by the EU. We wait to see if the EU will follow this lead and close this huge loophole. If they do so they will give this conference a much needed shot of positive energy.

He may not thank me for doing so but I have to take this opportunity to tell you that Mike Robinson, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland joined Susan Boyle in being recognized by the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards. Not for his singing talents mind you, but for his massive contribution to the environment sector. So, if Susan Boyle is SuBo, does that make him MiRo?

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