Big news of the day was a leak of a Danish document proposing the outline of a new agreement which didn’t involve the UN, or the Kyoto Protocol, the only current treaty on limiting emissions. Yvo de Boer,executive secretary of the Copenhagen talks, was keen to point out that “This was an informal paper ahead of the conference given to a number of people for the purposes of consultations”
Development agency representative Sol Oyuela was not so sure. “The document should not even exist. To be working on a rival text is a kick in the teeth to the UN process that has been negotiated for so long.”
The leaked document proposed $10 billion of aid for poorer countries to adapt to climate change. “Quite good” said an Oxfam representative. This isn¹t even enough to pay for our coffins² said an official representing the poorest countries.
Dissapointingly, the leak showed the rich and the poor divided on the amount of emissions cuts poor countries should make, the date by which global emissions should start to fall, and how any deal should be funded. Quite a lot to sort out in 12 days.
Meanwhile, the World Meteorological Organisations¹s (WMO), a body made up of the UK Met Office and equivalents around the world, announced that this decade has been the warmest on record.
“Oh but releasing that now is an attempt to influence the negotiations” said the same people who’d been giving out stolen emails last week . “That’s right” said the WMO.
The US space agency Nasa weighed in, predicting that a new global temperature record will be set “in the next one or two years”.
In a curious coincidence, Filipino Bernarditas de Castro Muller, an outspoken campaigner for the worlds’ poorer countries and at the
centre of climate negotiations for 20 years, was left off the list of the Filipino delegation just after a visit from Hilary Clinton. She was snapped up by Sudan, who seem to be offering shelter to out of favour diplomats.
The Copenhagen mayor sent postcards to all central hotels warning summit guests not to visit Danish sex workers. The prostitutes have negotiated a solution far more effectively than anything yet achieved by the summit delegates, and are now all offering major discounts to anyone carrying the mayor’s postcards.
The EU delegation showed some journalists around their rooms at the Bella Centre, where the negotiations are taking place. In a strange twist, they have been assigned rooms which carry the names of great Swedish inventions. Their meetings move between Safety Match, Adjustable Spanner, Cream Separator or Zipper. Meanwhile, as you would expect, the US have a hi tech operations centre, and the 132 countries that make up the G77 of the worlds poorest nations have a few broom cupboards.
Amsterdam is the nearest hotel room to Copenhagen you can get. It also happens to be where I’m doing press for the new Groove Armada album. Coinciding with the climate talks is quite handy as it means I can shift the conversation to that rather than ‘where did you meet’ or ‘so, your new sound, tell me more’.
Yesterday’s opening of the summit had some good points. Gordon Brown doing his bit and pressing the EU to offer 40% emission cuts by 2020, for example, or the confirmation that all the key political leaders are actually going to turn up next week. Obama has played a shrewd hand and got CO2 classified as a danger to human health, allowing him to regulate it without relying on the Senate, where an ugly alliance of oilmen, republicans and alaskans have vowed that Barack won’t pass any legislation, even if it kills them.
On the other hand, the opening day got a bit school playground when the Chairman of the talks had to request that in future the delegates come back more quickly from their lunch.
We also heard that India’s chief negotiator and right hand man have refused to come, which isn’t a great start from the world’s 5th biggest emitter. However, if the Indian press stay at home with them, that might help the organisers of the Copenhagen media zone who are trying to fit 5000 people into 3500 places.
Day one of the talks saw the Saudi’s coming clean and saying that they doubt warming is man made. I wonder why that is. A bit shortsighted though, coming from the country that is so short of water it’s had to stop growing it’s own grain. Dubai are also sounding strangely sceptical. You would think that a country which is 2mm above sea level would want to sort things out. Having said that, their famous ski area in the 45 degree desert heat is probably not compatible with a low carbon footprint.
Meanwhile, speculation was rife as to who was behind the leak of the emails from the East Anglian research centre. Theories ranged from the Russian secret service to the Canadian tar sands oil barons. The one thing that was agreed was that the timing of the leak and the speed with which it spread around the world were not accidental.
It was a good day for the UK press. The Guardian successfully coordinated a campaign in which 56 of the worlds’ newspapers carried the same editorial urging the need for decisive climate action, a move which Alistair Campbell described as ‘suprisingly impactful’. It’s not so suprising. 56 newspapers from Shanghai to London with a joint circulation of several hundred million, all agreed on the same text. It’s unlikely that would go unnoticed.
Humanitarian organization NextAid presents its second annual World AIDS Day 2009 Events (WAD2009), a multi-date fundraising campaign in cities across the U.S. starting on November 25, 2009 in San Francisco and continuing throughout the entire month of December. Tied into World AIDS Day (WAD), a globally recognized day, which takes place every year on December 1st, NextAid activates the international dance music community to raise funds and awareness for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Africa.
The first WAD, established in 1988 by the World Health Organization, was about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education, goals that are as relevant as ever in 2009. A portion of the proceeds from each of NextAid’s WAD2009 events will go towards two of its current projects on the ground: the Kawangware Street Children & Youth Project (KSCYP) in Nairobi, Kenya, and the loveLife GoGogetters program in South Africa. For more information on NextAid and all the WAD2009 events please visit www.nextaid.org/wad2009.
On December 1st, in their hometown of Los Angeles, Nextaid will be uniting the dance community in a massive fundraising event. Featuring legendary artist across all sub-genres of dance, attendees will be treated to a unique lineup that includes Louie Vega, DJ Rap, Om’s Marques Wyatt, Turntables on the Hudson, and KCRW’s Raul Campos. Held at the Marakesh House in Culver City, the event is not to be missed. Help make a difference and have fun while doing so. All proceeds from the event go to Nextaid.
Watch Nextaid’s new PSA featuring Om’s very ownSamantha James and J Boogie, along side Z-Trip, Larry Tee, D:Fuse, Ultra Nate, Turntables on the Hudson, King Britt, Danny Krivitz, Christopher Lawrence, Scrumfrog, Glitch Mob, DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, and many more.
Posted by: g.win on November 16, 2009 @ 6:26 PM
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Severn Cullis-Suzuki is one of the world’s most remarkable youth environmental activist, speaker, television host as well as author. With some schoolmates she raised money in 1992, when she was only 12 years of age, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where Severn received a standing ovation for a speech to the delegates. Check out the link below.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 14, 2009 @ 3:21 PM
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Juxtapoz Magazine is throwing a charity auction raising money for the Power House Project of Detroit. Presented by Upper Playground, the auction features works from 100s of respected street artist including Shepard Fairey, Doze Green, Todd “Reas” James, Thomas Campbell, Tim Biskup, KR, Big Daddy Roth, WK Interact, Clayton Brothers, Andrew Schoultz, James Jean, Ron English, Craola, David Choe, Mike Giant, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Boogie, D*Face, Cody Hudson, Herbert Baglione, and more.
Power House Project of Detroit seeks to purchase and renovate foreclosed and abandoned houses in the Detroit area. Through the renovation they seek to create local jobs. Power House Project raises awareness of the problem of people disenfranchised by the current economic crisis, while encouraging a sense of community.
We have some exciting news to announce! Om is teaming up with Nextaid, a non-profit we feel very passionate about, to build the HOUSE OF OM in South Africa. Nextaid has been working with the organization Youth with a Vision to help work on a community center and residential village in the poverty-stricken town of Dennilton. The House of Om will be a safe, comfortable, and loving house for 6 children who have been orphaned by AIDS.
For those of you who follow Om closely, you’ve probably seen us join forces with Nextaid on events, sales, and even a CD release. We are really excited to take the commitment one step further with the HOUSE OF OM. Help us make a change! Please copy the widget below and help spread the word. Post it on your Facebook, blog, website, Myspace, Twitter and more. People can securely donated through the widget. As we raise more and more money, you will see the amount we’ve raised directly in the widget (handled by Change.org). Om is also coming up with plans for fundraising events, sales, and other future campaigns that will raise money all going towards building this house and changing the lives of these 6 kids.
NextAid is a dance-music based nonprofit organization committed to developing and implementing innovative sustainable solutions to the challenges facing African children. To find out more about NextAid, please visit www.nextaid.org.
For more info on the HOUSE OF OM please click here.
Beats build hope!
Posted by: g.win on May 6, 2009 @ 11:16 PM
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Sometimes voices just need to be heard. That’s what a few of your favorite DJ’s think. It’s time to spread the word. Think about it — I watched this video and posted it for all you lovely folks to take a look at. Then you turn around and show it to you favorite people, and then they show it to theirs…. you get where I am going with this. Its the small things we can do that bring light to some serious situations happening all around us. Watch as world renowned artists such as Louie Vega, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, DJ Colette, DJ Dan and more speak about the AIDS crisis and give a voice to African children orphaned by AIDS.
A bit about NextAid — NextAid is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the challenges facing African children. Their mission is to promote community-driven, environmentally sustainable, economically and socially empowering responses to the AIDS orphan pandemic. NextAid collaborates with individuals, businesses and nonprofits to produce creative, culturally-rich, awareness-raising projects and music events involving technology, the arts, public education projects,and volunteer opportunities.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 5, 2008 @ 12:35 PM
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