DAY 4: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Yesterday, the Green Party COP blogpost briefly addressed the disparity between how much countries contribute to climate change and how much they will suffer. At Day 4 of COP, this disparity became of a source of debate – one of the big issues was how we deal with ‘common but differentiated responsibility’ when it comes to contributing to the climate finance pot.

James_PacifikaIndigenousNetwork2Yesterday, the Green Party COP blogpost briefly addressed the disparity between how much countries contribute to climate change and how much they will suffer. At Day 4 of COP, this disparity became of a source of debate – one of the big issues was how we deal with ‘common but differentiated responsibility’ when it comes to contributing to the climate finance pot.

James was fortunate to meet with Anote Tong, President of Kiribati (above), as well as the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga.

“We must keep rising with the ocean. We are small but we are proud.” – Enele Sopoaga.

“As indigenous people we are on the front line.” – Anote Tong.

More than ever, it’s important that we stand in solidarity with the Pacific – these countries are truly on the front line of climate change, battling storms and flooding while developed countries debate over paragraphs and phrasing. Even more important is that we, as a country, push for real climate action. The effects of climate change are being seen here and now; they’re not only something for the future to deal with.

Speaking of the future – Day 4 also marked Young and Future Generations Day. All over the conference, young delegates attending the conference expressed their fear – and hope – at what they have to look forward to.

Youth also hosted a ‘die in’ to draw attention to the dangerous future they could face.

Finally, James Shaw and Barry Coates ran into a familiar face – Bob Harvey, former Mayor of Waitakere. Fantastic to see local government pushing for climate action.Bob Harvey, Barry Coates and James Shaw