Au maru is ‘I’m happy’ in Fijian (not sure if you remember but Fiji holds the seat this time for the climate change talks… hence all the Fijian language over the last few days!) Tomorrow International National Trust Organisation and ICOMOS have the honor of presenting at the Fijian stand in COP23. Today was an early start and a radio call in to gods own country of Wales (BBC Cymru) to talk of my findings to date of the process and what its been like. Think I have another one with BBC Cymru again on Monday. I was invited to take part in BBC Radio 4 ‘Costing the earth’ but unfortunately I will be on my way home. Oliver my partner in crime over here from INTO was also invited and he will be doing the honors. From here it was over to a local church to take part in another presentation and again sharing what we have done and what we have learnt on the renewable energy but also mitigation journey over in National Trust Wales.
Back in the afternoon and another side event this time on the EU stand and it was Peat, wet lands and satellites (a title and a half). The importance of peat as a climate change mitigator and adaptation biome has really hit home to me in this conference. The amount of carbon leaking out of 1Ha of drying peat per annum is the same as flying round the world three times, the figures kept coming and coming from the presentation. I will do a separate blog on peat. One interesting fact is that as we take carbon out of the atmosphere in the decades tome come (there’s confidence) the sea will then leak out the extra amount its has been absorbing from us…and so it’s not just the atmosphere we have to deal with. We have the legacy of the sea to mop up as well. As we were getting into the case studies and the free satellite data now available a 200 person German oompah band struck up outside the building. We smiled, the presenter shrugged and we went out to enjoy the spectacle… life is too short sometimes to learn everything about peat when you have an oompah band to listen and look at!