A youth delegation from South Africa dreams about connecting the voices of the global South in raising awareness about climate issues at the “Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”
Project 90 by 2030 has put together a team of ten environmentally aware youth who are supporting the South African COP delegates with ensuring sufficient preparedness for the impacts of climate change and encouraging a reduction in carbon emissions.In their mission to strengthen their negotiation skills when dealing with various stakeholders around climate issues, Gray, Happy, Robert (from P90) and Phethang and Tebello are attending the climate negotiations in Warsaw Poland. Another five, Daniel, Nokubonga, Nkosinathi, Nicole and Logan have stayed back at home and are leading the mission from behind, supporting the team attending the COP19 and raising critical awareness around the focal issues for this critical period of engagement.
The COP19 negotiations kick off with a devastating Typhoon in the Philippines. Testament to the changes in the global climate, this disaster brings home the importance of a global binding agreement with respect to; the reduction of carbon emissions, a fully-fledged green climate fund to assist developing countries deal with climate disasters and responsible leadership from historic emitters.
Project 90by2015 youth are committed to highlighting the necessity of global emissions staying below the recommended cap of 350ppm to ensure our planet remains a habitable planet. In order for this limit to not be exceeded, Project 90by2015 youth are encouraging local and national government to develop in a sustainable manner and ensure climate justice and equity for the future generations.
To keep up to date on what’s happening with our team at COP follow their blog: http://90by2015.wordpress.com or twitter @90by2015