United Nation Climate Change Conference COP23 Fiji was deemed as a Pacific COP. Were the needs of Pacific Islanders addressed this year’s COP? Were the issues of Loss and Damage given their due attention in UNFCCC COP23?
How far will parties go to maintain the momentum of Paris, or the current name “Fiji Momentum of Implementation”? The Paris Agreement “rulebook” is meant to be finalized in the next COP. This will require lots of negotiations (or rather compromising) to sort out a number of issues.
COP23 has officially ended, on 7am 18th Nov, with some issues resolved but there are still plenty left to negotiate when delegates reconvene at the next session before COP24 in Poland. Want to know more?
Find out by joining our Post-COP23 Forum. Look forward to our Luncheon and Networking session where we can mingle and eat – two things we can’t say no to.
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Kindly let us have your response by 6th December 2017, so that we can make arrangements. Event space is limited to 100 pax only. Get your tickets below.
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Event: Post COP23 Forum and Luncheon
Date: 9 Dec 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 11am – 2.30pm Venue: C-L19-08, KL Trillion, 338 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
1. LRT Station Ampang park is 7 minutes away. (https://goo.gl/maps/oZyg526igiN2)
2. Parking is RM10.
3. Name list will be submitted to security guard, collect a card and take an elevator to level 19. Exit elevator, turn right and you will see the venue.
10.30am – Registration
10.45am – Opening Speech
11.00am – Introduction by forum Moderator – Ms. Tina Carmillia, The Business Radio Station (BFM)
Panelist – Mr. Jaya Singam Rajoo, Ministry Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)
– Ms. Hilary Chiew, Third World Network (TWN)
– Mr. Syed Syaqil, Malaysian Youth Delegation (MYD)
12.20pm – Open Floor Discussion
1.00pm – Networking Lunch
2.00pm – End
ABOUT THE MALAYSIAN YOUTH DELEGATION (MYD)
A group of young passionate Malaysians who represent the local youth climate movement at international climate conferences, such as the annual Conference of the Parties (COP), part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Dedicated to raising awareness of climate policies amongst Malaysians, the youth are mentored and trained to translate technical policies into more relevant and relatable information for the public. MYD holds speaking engagements with various climate organisations to better understand the current landscape of local and international climate policy. With that, MYD endeavours to hold Malaysian leaders accountable for the promises made at international climate summits.
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Have you seen or experienced around 175 enthusiastic people on climate change in one arena to watch a movie on Climate Change?
It may not be too prevalent, but thanks to #PowerShiftMsia, the screening of Al Gore’s sequel movie on climate change “An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power” was eventuated at TGV cinemas in One Utama Mall. The prequel of this movie was released back in 2006 and tried to permanently denounce climate change deniers. The movie was critically acclaimed by many, including climatologists from NASA.
Fast forward to 2017, the former Vice President of the US comes up with an even more engrossing movie, unlike the principal slideshow presentation in his previous venture. But what does the film have to offer this time around? To answer that question, the MYD members have some riveting reflections
~ OUR THOUGHTS ~
“In this sequel, Al Gore made his point about climate change being real and urgent, as his prediction came true: New York (along with the 9/11 memorial) was flooded by ocean waters during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He went on a mission to persuade governmental leaders to adopt renewable energy, including India, a developing country that has been relying on coal energy. In many cases, he succeeded in convincing the leaders with promises of support. However, he seemed unable to persuade his own country’s leader, which is quite sad. America is one of the important players in the fight against climate change and yet its leader is not on board, as segments of his speech kept implying. But I guess that should not stop any of us from making a change. Overall, I think this movie is a good update on Al Gore’s work and I suppose it encourages us to follow his footsteps to demand country leaders to actually lead the way towards cleaner energy.”
“The movie comes across as an afterthought on an important message. The message is not carefully thought out and the movie has not been meticulously crafted unlike the first of Al Gore’s movies. It’s more of a documentary actually, that highlights how Al Gore’s predictions came true and how wrong his detractors were and basically it was an Al Gore and Climate Change documentary.
Nevertheless, I will highlight it as a good rundown on the climate change scene in the U.S. From the impacts of weather disasters to the politics of it it sheds a lot of light on the scene. I will condemn it for being rather pro Global North and anti-Global South however. Al Gore portrays the Indian leaders in a very narrow perspective as the misguided bad guys who seem more concerned over economic development than climate change but fails to highlight the U.S.’s hypocrisy when it comes to this as well. For example there have been cases of the U.S. interfering in the solar energy market of the developing countries to prevent them from producing solar panels that are cheaper and more accessible to their people than U.S. made solar panels. Here is a good read on a WTO ruling against India to undermine its efforts to increase jobs in the solar panel industry and increase climate protections.
At the end of the movie I did walk out pledging silently to myself to #BeInconvenient but overall I believe Al Gore could have done a lot more with this ‘movie’. That would make it a more solid attack on climate change deniers and a film that can effectively rouse the international audience to take climate change seriously and spread the message.”
“This movie emphasizes a lot about the truth of climate change, and the ending really moved my friend and I as it did mention about other movements that have occurred through history and maybe, right now, it’s time to have a movement about climate change! It’s amazing how powerful people can be, a call from Al Gore to persuade the solar company is all it takes for India to try to adopt more renewable energy. The Paris agreement and UNFCCC were also shown in the movie itself, displaying the importance of them when it comes to climate change. Leaders of countries such as China and others were also very concerned with the well being of their nations, displaying their progress to adopting a greener lifestyle.”
“After watching the first ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, I find this documentary underwhelming because the lessons learned in the sequel may be obtained by solely watching the prequel. I would say that the only addition to this documentary was the Paris Agreement, whereby India was unfairly portrayed as the antagonist. Nonetheless, I commend on the message delivered by the documentary in trying to mobilise the public in championing against climate change. I say it’s underwhelming because as an environmental science student, the climate change 101 delivered by Al Gore has long been exposed to me. However, had the target of the documentary been towards to ‘non-converts’, those who are hearing about climate change for the first time and the daunting battle against it, An Inconvenient Truth 2 would be a sufficient introductory course.”
“The documentary was very interesting. When former VP Al Gore showed the “Blue Marble” taken by the Apollo 8, it was really mesmerizing. It was absolutely beautiful. In the documentary, you can see how Al Gore had a strong passion. Being able to watch this documentary, it really recharged me. Al Gore was ready to go to every corner of the world for convincing people not to use coal/fossil fuel and switching to renewable energy. He had even visited India to meet the environmental minister and convince them to phase out non-renewable energy plants. When the minister questioned back, he stated that Al Gore shouldn’t be speaking to him and rather was concerned with his own people. If I was at Al Gore’s position, I wouldn’t have known on how to react. He keep on calling here and there to ask for help, so that India would agree to sign the Paris Agreement; his hard work was incredible. This documentary shows us on how every parties, people with power, NGOs, citizens and scientists have their role to play, like one of the quote from the documentary ‘Fight like your world depends on it’.”
“The 1st episode and now the sequel, both films convey the messages in a TED Talk style which revolves around Al Gore talking about the basic science and consequences of climate change but little emphasis on the “who is the actual culprit” and the “how”. When compared to the 1st episode, Al Gore has a grumpy tone in the sequel. The scene when he yelled “What were you thinking?”(to the politicians/climate change deniers) staples in my mind until now and I believe it will stay for quite sometime. Besides, I believe in every film a central antagonist and protagonist will be featured in order to create the required conflict. The conflict will then create excitement which would boost viewership and eventually, the box office sales.
In my opinion, India was placed as the antagonist in this film as they loom as an obstacle to deal with. So, our good guy Gore (or you can say US in general) came to the rescue by persuading the US based solar company to provide tremendous support to India. Ultimately, India agreed, Paris Agreement was adopted and everyone lived happily ever after. Too bad, this only happens in fairy tale.
There are always 2 sides of a story. The right to development is a fundamental principle especially for developing countries. It is stated in Principle 3 in Rio Declaration on Environment and Development back in 1992. For instance, many of the 1.3 billion Indian population needing their basic amenities (i.e education, poverty eradication, healthcare) were still unmet, meaning that development was a necessity. Thus, the importance of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) can be seen. Nevertheless, memories of myself attending COP21 just streaming through my mind throughout the entire movie. So yeah, I have mixed feelings about this movie. It’s complicated.”
“The movie reiterated the collective struggle for demanding action against climate change. Al Gore instilled that climate action cannot be easily fulfilled without the help of governments and insisted on local action. Significant portions of the film focused on India’s renewable energy and issues related to it. There was a clear pressure on India to do more by the west- even Sunita Narain, who featured in a cameo, mentioned that shifting blame towards developing nations was unfair. India was shown to be delinquent. Interestingly, the film depicted the ‘phone call’ from Al Gore to SolarCity’s CEO for the company to provide solar technologies to India. This looked improbable; with all the negotiations, a mere call couldn’t have done the job. There was a strong hint that the western fear of developing countries becoming developed would prevent the achievement of the 2 degree celsius goal. On the contrary, this movie was another instance of climate change not being solely about climate change as science. Nevertheless, the film was also reminiscent of the floods at my hometown in Chennai. Overall, the show ended towards the optimistic side. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel but there are too many stalactites blocking the path.”
The overall view of the Malaysian Youth Delegation members is that the movie showed glimpses of promise for a sustainable future, but with actions getting hypocritical, we mostly remain ambiguous. However, the scope for development in the movie is considerably high.
On behalf of MYD, we would like to thank all those who made it for the screening and commend #PowerShiftMsia, United International Pictures Malaysia and TGV Cinemas for materialising the event!
This training series was somewhat unique as we had a highly motivated youth from Singapore to share her experience and knowledge in the field of climate change.
Nor Lastrina Hamid, is the co-founder of both Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA), which is a platform for young Singaporeans to act in solidarity towards the fight for climate change and Lepak in SG, a calendar listing for environmental events.
The event was held at University of Nottingham’s Teaching Centre in Kuala Lumpur on 7 July and it was a three hour session filled with understanding Lastrina’s and Singapore’s perspective on climate policy and action.
Lastrina chose to sit with the audience and do the sharing
Moving to the sharing session, Lastrina explained in detail on her roles in SYCA and COP21 and 22. She showed great ingenuity by describing her experiences in her spell at Paris and Marrakech. While delineating on Singapore government’s efforts towards bringing increased awareness to the public, she explained on the government providing funds and scholarships to those who were taking part in climate related movements and activities.
The food was good, so was the sharing session?
With respect to climate accountability and tracking the climate progress matter of the government, Lastrina encouraged more youth participation in negotiations and reaching out to the public by disseminating the information and awareness for localised action. SYCA bridges the gap between the government and the community, similar to MYD for Malaysia.
Presenting the Token of Appreciation (The mug is starting to become a part of gift culture)
By concluding, and as Lastrina had highlighted, the supportive Singaporean government underlined the strength of youth and paves way to steer the country towards a sustainable future which is something countries around the world can learn from.
Overall, from the Singaporean example, I had learnt that the governments across the globe can contribute much more towards encouraging youth and public on issues that need more action on a global scale. Singapore commits not only to training and building capacity for developing countries but also involves itself in assisting other parties of the Paris Agreement and International Institutions.
The MYD Squad ? (Not in full team yet)
MYD is beholden to Lastrina for contributing to the training series by sharing her experiences at the local and international stages for climate action and justice. The discussion was quite insightful and broadened our perspective of climate negotiations. With three months to COP23, the journey to Bonn is in full swing.
I first need to start writing this article by thanking the French youths who directed us to the Twelfth Conference of Youth (COY12) venue. Dulanga and I arrived at Cadi Ayyad University only to find out that we were at the wrong building. Whilst trying to find our way through, we bumped into Eve and Ludovic, who were also making their way to COY12 and tagged along.
Jasmin, Eve, Ludovic, Dulanga
Eve and Ludovic are two cyclists from France who cycled to Marrakesh to attend COP22. They took a boat to cross the border from south of France to north of Morocco and cycled all the way to Marrakesh by electric assisted velo cargos (cargo bikes).
When I asked them on what prompted them to cycle all the way just to attend COP, they replied by saying that they wanted to make a statement and explore alternative mode of transportation rather than flight, and also cycling reduces the carbon emissions tremendously as compared to flights. You can check out their Facebook pagehere.
After we registered and gotten our badges, we attended the first session organised by YOUNGO. The session had a really good participation turn up. The session, conducted by David Tong, was on Introduction to UNFCCCC and Introduction to YOUNGO.
The session provided good insights on the UNFCCC negotiations via perspectives by YOUNGO members who have been directly involved in the process. David provided useful advice for first-time COP goers and also those who have attended before.
The best part about COY is the people that you meet. As we break for lunch, we made new friends fromGreen School, Bali and I Change Before Climate Change (ICBCC), Morocco.
Some students from Green School Bali are part of the programme called EarthBound, which is a four months exchange programme that provides the opportunity for the school children to be involved in excursions and experiential learning in regards to the environment and climate change. They will be attending both COY and COP. However, due to the age limit set by the secretariat, they are only able to take part in the Green Zone as you have to be above 18 years old to be allowed other access. They are working on apetition on this, to lobby for all ages all access at COP.
The ICBCC are a youth organisation that comprised of university students who are actively involved in environmental awareness and climate change education. They organise and participate in conferences to raise awareness and educate youth on climate change.
After attending COY, we took a break to catch up on work and update social medias.
We sat together with presenters for tomorrow’s session on Climate Change Activism. They are two teachers from Denmark, from theDNS International Teacher Training College. Every year, they would bring students to attend COY. They strongly believe that it is important for the youth to be involved not only in negotiations, but in making a change. In their session tomorrow, they will be providing interactive tools for youth to engage in participatory climate change awareness and action.
It was a very insightful coffee session as we get to hear on the views from the educators themselves on what they think of having climate change education incorporated in the curriculum. Indeed it is still at its infant stage in Malaysia, however slowly but surely more people will be aware of the dire need to be more proactive in tackling climate change.
Dulanga and I had a pretty bad luck hailing cabs to get back to the hotel and ended up walking back for one hour. Even though we had a tiring second half of the day, being reunited with Kelvin, another MYD delegate who just arrived from Malaysia, and Lastrina, our sister from theSingapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA), made the journey back worthwhile as we catched up with each other and look forward to the days ahead.
Dear Parties of the International Civil Aviation Organization, dear Ministers,
We, the undersigned, representing 64 networks, organizations and concerned European Members of the European Parliament from 28 countries, call on you to show bold political leadership and do everything in your power to reach an ambitious, binding, environmentally robust agreement to address aviation emissions in order to contribute to fulfilling the Paris commitment to limit global warming to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels.
International aviation is a top ten global polluter. In 2014, the sector emitted more CO2 into the atmosphere than the combined emissions of the 129 lowest emitting countries, causing an estimated 4.9% of all global warming. Left unaddressed, aviation emissions are expected to grow by up to 300% by 2050, which will breach our global carbon budget and significantly undermine the Paris target.
ICAO’s next General Assembly in October is your best opportunity to make sure aviation does its fair share to tackle climate change, in line with the rest of the world’s efforts. ICAO has taken almost 20 years to get to this point and we cannot afford any further delay.
The global market-based mechanism (GMBM), designed to fulfill the ‘carbon neutral growth 2020’ goal, can only deliver real climate action if you adopt stringent and transparent rules as well as high environmental standards. Consequently, we, the undersigned organisations, call on you to:
Set ambitious targets: ICAO resolution must acknowledge the Paris agreement and recognise the need to pursue urgent efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In this regard, the carbon neutral growth 2020 goal must be a binding first step, with provisions to increase ambition over time. In order to preserve the overall goal, any exemptions, e.g. for new entrants or poorer countries, in the GMBM should be compensated by greater emissions reductions by non-exempt participants.
Guarantee environmental integrity: it is of utmost importance that mitigation projects developed to compensate for aviation’s emissions actually deliver real, additional, permanent, verified reductions and fulfill strong environmental and social criteria. Consequently, credit quality criteria for purchasing offset credits should be mandatory for all operators and a negative list banning projects with known negative environmental or social impacts (e.g. large hydro, fossil fuel projects) should be established.
Avoid double counting: the resolution must include provisions for robust accounting and MRV to ensure that credits are not counted multiple times, while being transparent and consistent with efforts and actions taken under the UNFCCC.
Adopt transparent decision making: more transparency will bring more confidence in the measure. Negotiating documents should be made public and options for public participation should be provided.
The ICAO High Level Meeting held in Montreal from May 11 to May 13 will be an important moment for you to discuss the integrity and the ambition of the GMBM. We ask that you keep in mind our requests for a robust GMBM during the discussions.
List of organisations supporting, by country:
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Transport & Environment
Friends of the Earth Australia
Center for Participatory Research and Development -CPRD-
Carbon Market Watch
Association Faso Enviprotek -AFEP-BURKINA-
Center for Support to Local Initiatives Development and assistance to vulnerable persons -CIDEP BURUNDI-
Actions Citoyennes des Volontaires pour l’Emergence du Cameroun en 2035 –ACVEC-2035-
Association Camerounaise pour le Développement, l’Entraide Sociale et la Protection de l’Environnement –ACDESPE-
Cameroon League for Development
Cameroon Youth Initiative for Rural Development –CAMYIRD-
Cercle des chrétiens pour la promotion des louanges, l’adoration, le réveil, l’intercession, le témoignage, l’évangélisation et les actions humanitaires -Mission CLARITE
Environmental Protection and Development Association -EPDA-
Education for all Cameroon –EFACAM-
Fondation des Femmes Actives pour la Promotion de l’Education de la Femme et de l’Enfant –FAPEFE-
Global Forestry Conclave and Sustainable Development
Universal Union for Consumer Protection and Civil Abuse –UNUCOPCA-
Women In Development
Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique –AQLPA-
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
Mujeres del comun
Democratic Republic of Congo
Actions communautaires pour le développement intégral
Republic of the Congo
Association Congolaise pour le Développement Agricole –ACDA-
Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement
Bread for the World
Naturschutzbund Deutschland –NABU-
Mesa Nacional de Cambio Climático
Clean Air Action Group
Gujarat Forum on CDM
Manipur Nature Society
Global south initiative
Climate Change Network Nigeria
Development Research and Synergy Initiative
International Centre For Women Empowerment & Child Dev –ICWECD-
Poverty Alleviation for the Poor Initiative
Smiles Africa International
Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczne EKO-UNIA
Polish Climate Coalition
Quercus – Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza
International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse –INPEA-