Day 2 for the Climate Change talks in Paris. Early start for me but a late arrival today means that I missed Prince Charles’s session on world forests (and it was only some 20m for our INTO stand). Lets just say the traffic after ‘post big cheeses’ day yesterday was a bit dense as were the buses and trains. Having the free travel card (Navigo) for the week from the organizes does make life easy for travelling around Paris. The main stations are festooned with COP21 signs and with a good dose of guides and information people all bedecked in their cop clothing it leaves no room for doubt that something huge is in town.
Today the climate change talks go into the real nitty gritty, hammering deals, devil in the detail stuff. Clauses debated, plenary after plenary, drafty drafts are circulated. The heads of stuff were using lofty words yesterday. Today the grounding and grinding starts. The screens in the observer hall have reams of meetings with lists of clauses for each meeting. I thought to myself “stick to doing” policy detail is an art form and I have yet to master coloring in! But soon you realize policy people need doers or the decisions reached are not grounded in practicality. Policy without practice is like a bike without wheels. It won’t go anywhere (you could drag it… but you soon get tired of that)
I popped over to the climate generations area which opened today. Its like the biggest marquee you have ever seen but 4 of them. This area is stuffed to rafters with doers of stuff, deliverers, designers, pragmatic and purists. All in all a cool area! President François Hollande was there in a mob of reporters when I popped my head in. I met the team again from the ‘Size of Wales charity’ which has crowd funded the purchased of a tropical rain forest the size of Wales and is now helping local people to manage it (imagine if every country did this!) more of them later #inspirational.
The afternoon and evening were taken up by a presentation down on the Champs-Élysées as guests of ICOMOS who’s Global HQ is in Paris .We also had three of the category heads from the IPCC, the president of Europa Nostra . Quite an elite crowd you might say. The purpose of the event was to highlight the need and also come up with a way to get heritage culture into the IPCC reporting structure (AP6) and to recognise, measure and mitigate climate change impact on this little visited area of Climate Change. I presented on the mitigation and adaptation work the National Trust in Wales are undertaking. Anika and Oliver from INTO covered the agricultural and INTO world view on sustainability and Climate Change. (see Victoria declaration) The results from all the debates today will be presented to Unesco on Saturday morning. Lots of thought-provoking stuff around ‘tomorrows heritage’ but also how to measure stuff we value emotionally but difficult for the statisticians to measure… more to come
Tomorrow I hope to spend more time at the Climate Generations area. Stuff to see! Ps had a good chat with Ugandan, Azerbaijanian a person from the Balkans, Mali… the list goes on!
Overall today… Ambition needs turning into detail and then hopefully delivery!