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COP26 - Day 6

COP26 - Day 6

November 6, 2021

A 12 day conference with diplomatic negotiations, a blue zone (for ‘parties’ and ‘party overflows’) and a green zone (for the general public) and many side events all over the city; attended by around 30,000 people. 

A lot of work goes into preparing for a COP – not just the physical structures but also ideas, conversations and agreements. And the work continues after. 

It is important to establish “the mood music” as Jill puts it, so all the work before, during and after, delivers what we need. 

Ece and Jill are up in Glasgow for COP26. They will do daily summaries – supported by Sabine, Neil and Anna back at the HQ. If they manage to find each other in the chaos they may even upload a chat. Listen out for their summaries in the evening.

See below for follow up references and background information we mention in the updates.

Survival International 

Minga Indigena

COP26 - Day 5

COP26 - Day 5

November 5, 2021

A 12 day conference with diplomatic negotiations, a blue zone (for ‘parties’ and ‘party overflows’) and a green zone (for the general public) and many side events all over the city; attended by around 30,000 people. 

A lot of work goes into preparing for a COP – not just the physical structures but also ideas, conversations and agreements. And the work continues after. 

It is important to establish “the mood music” as Jill puts it, so all the work before, during and after, delivers what we need. 

Ece and Jill are up in Glasgow for COP26. They will do daily summaries – supported by Sabine, Neil and Anna back at the HQ. If they manage to find each other in the chaos they may even upload a chat. Listen out for their summaries in the evening.

See below for follow up references and background information we mention in the updates.

Hackney Social Radio – Older Voices – An Intergenerational Conversation about the Climate Change with Younger and Older Voices in Hackney

First Minister’s Environment Council – press release today and Flickr account of the Scottish government that shows a photo of the Council (the top of Ece’s head is just about visible – but really who has Flickr account these days?!)

COP26 - Day 4

COP26 - Day 4

November 4, 2021

LISTEN ALSO Day 12 update to hear more about Hydrogen. Hydrogen from natural gas only works if carbon left from the process is stored. Very expensive and not green as advertised by the Mitshibushi man. 

A 12 day conference with diplomatic negotiations, a blue zone (for ‘parties’ and ‘party overflows’) and a green zone (for the general public) and many side events all over the city; attended by around 30,000 people. 

A lot of work goes into preparing for a COP – not just the physical structures but also ideas, conversations and agreements. And the work continues after. 

It is important to establish “the mood music” as Jill puts it, so all the work before, during and after, delivers what we need. 

Ece and Jill are up in Glasgow for COP26. They will do daily summaries – supported by Sabine, Neil and Anna back at the HQ. If they manage to find each other in the chaos they may even upload a chat. Listen out for their summaries in the evening.

See below for follow up references and background information we mention in the updates.

Ece attended a meeting of hearts and minds in a circle held by Kosha Anja Joubert, CEO of the Pocket Project in the stand hosted by Institute of Advance Sustainability Studies 

Met with Derin Altan for 40 seconds after meeting him at a seminar on Net Zero for Bozcaada. Derin is one half of Esmiyor (means ‘no breeze’ in Turkish) – a climate change news and discussions platform and podcast

 

COP26 - Day 3

COP26 - Day 3

November 3, 2021

A 12 day conference with diplomatic negotiations, a blue zone (for ‘parties’ and ‘party overflows’) and a green zone (for the general public) and many side events all over the city; attended by around 30,000 people. 

A lot of work goes into preparing for a COP – not just the physical structures but also ideas, conversations and agreements. And the work continues after. 

It is important to establish “the mood music” as Jill puts it, so all the work before, during and after, delivers what we need. 

Ece and Jill are up in Glasgow for COP26. They will do daily summaries – supported by Sabine, Neil and Anna back at the HQ. If they manage to find each other in the chaos they may even upload a chat. Listen out for their summaries in the evening.

See below for follow up references and background information we mention in the updates.

 

Some of the Day 3 (Finance Day) announcements from Aldersgate Group‘s digest

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced that he was making net zero transition plans mandatory for financial institutions and listed companies

The US re-joined the high ambition coalition

Japan has pledged up to $10 billion in new climate finance

The UK and India announced a plan to improve interconnections between the world’s electricity power grids

Mark Carney’s Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero announced it can secure $130 trillion in climate finance commitments

COP26 - Day 2

COP26 - Day 2

November 2, 2021

A 12 day conference with diplomatic negotiations, a blue zone (for ‘parties’ and ‘party overflows’) and a green zone (for the general public) and many side events all over the city; attended by around 30,000 people. 

A lot of work goes into preparing for a COP – not just the physical structures but also ideas, conversations and agreements. And the work continues after. 

It is important to establish “the mood music” as Jill puts it, so all the work before, during and after, delivers what we need. 

Ece and Jill are up in Glasgow for COP26. They will do daily summaries – supported by Sabine, Neil and Anna back at the HQ. If they manage to find each other in the chaos they may even upload a chat. Listen out for their summaries in the evening.

See below for follow up references and background information we mention in the updates.

 

COP26 - Day 1

COP26 - Day 1

November 1, 2021

A 12 day conference with diplomatic negotiations, a blue zone (for ‘parties’ and ‘party overflows’) and a green zone (for the general public) and many side events all over the city; attended by around 30,000 people. 

A lot of work goes into preparing for a COP – not just the physical structures but also ideas, conversations and agreements. And the work continues after. 

It is important to establish “the mood music” as Jill puts it, so all the work before, during and after, delivers what we need. 

Ece and Jill are up in Glasgow for COP26. They will do daily summaries – supported by Sabine, Neil and Anna back at the HQ. If they manage to find each other in the chaos they may even upload a chat. Listen out for their summaries in the evening.

See below for follow up references and background information we mention in the updates.

The opening ceremony is on the COP26 youtube channel alongside many others. https://www.youtube.com/c/cop26

COP26 - Prologue

COP26 - Prologue

October 31, 2021

A 12 day conference with diplomatic negotiations, a blue zone (for ‘parties’ and ‘party overflows’) and a green zone (for the general public) and many side events all over the city; attended by around 30,000 people. 

A lot of work goes into preparing for a COP – not just the physical structures but also ideas, conversations and agreements. And the work continues after. 

It is important to establish “the mood music” as Jill puts it, so all the work before, during and after, delivers what we need. 

Ece and Jill are up in Glasgow for COP26. They will do daily summaries – supported by Sabine, Neil and Anna back at the HQ. If they manage to find each other in the chaos they may even upload a chat. Listen out for their summaries in the evening.

See below for follow up references and background information we mention in the updates.

 

 

In this episode Ece refers to this article by George Monbiot:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/30/capitalism-is-killing-the-planet-its-time-to-stop-buying-into-our-own-destruction

Demystifying Expertise - 8. Learning and Unlearning: Jodi Newcombe

Demystifying Expertise - 8. Learning and Unlearning: Jodi Newcombe

October 31, 2021

For this episode, Ece spoke to Jodi Newcombe, one-time colleague, all-time friend, with several hats – including Carbon Arts and Castlemaine Institute.

She talked about her journey of learning, unlearning and managing her professional ego. She says she hits ‘the green wall’ but what helps her survive, and may also help you are: 1. discover and focus on your unique gifts and 2. listen without thinking about what you’ll say next. 

“Cultural change offers us the best chance for rapid evolution. What we believe and the stories we tell ourselves shape the world. Unlearning the culture, mindsets and belief systems that brought us climate change is a first and challenging step. But it paves the way for the joyful practice of forging a new culture and story in which humans can co-evolve with and regenerate life on Earth”

Choices 14. Sustainable Fishing

Choices 14. Sustainable Fishing

October 18, 2021

Eat or not eat fish?

If you are going to eat fish, how to choose which? - check out the Good Fish Guide

"we are putting too much in, taking too much out"

The oceans are vast, deep, and largely unexplored. The seas have for countless generations provided a seemingly limitless source of food in exchange for humankind’s wastes. It was long thought by many that the vast expanse of our oceans ensured that “dilution is the solution to pollution.”

Today, it is abundantly clear that “we are putting too much in; taking too much out” as Sandy says.

Chemicals from our activities end in the sea, and, often, in our seafood. Our voracious appetite for seafood has significantly depleted life in the previously teeming sea.

Climate change is not only warming the seas causing some species to migrate and others to decline in numbers. It is also making the water more acidic – making it more difficult for species that need shells to make them and hence reduce their chance of survival, and dissolving shells deposited on the seafloor, that would otherwise sequester carbon.

The less life (animals and plants, from whales to plankton) in the oceans, the less carbon the sea absorbs, adding to the vicious circle of climate change.

A growing number of respected scientists, including Sylvia Earle, have told us that they would no more eat a wild-caught fish, than they would eat a lion, giraffe or panda. Fish are, after all, wild animals, and increasingly threatened ones. Many have recently watched the documentary “Seaspiracy” and similar exposes, which reveal many concerning issues about global fisheries. Both reviled as “vegan propaganda” and praised as brave truth-telling, it has certainly gotten people talking.

That said, fish is an important part of the diet and economies of many communities and fish consumption is projected to increase in coming decades. Those of us who want to continue to eat fish have a responsibility to “engage to change” as Sandy puts it. We need to demand more information on what we are sold:

  • what species
  • where it comes from and
  • how it is caught.

These three factors are key to deciding if fish is caught sustainably – in other words, if we are taking out less than the remaining fish can replace, and if methods used are not causing irreparable damage to the seabed and the seas. We can do something about it – if you choose to eat fish, source your fish wisely – know what you are eating!

Check out the Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society when buying fish.

Of course, an increasing proportion of the fish we eat is farmed – aquaculture is a growing industry. It has its own challenges and trade-offs, and will be the subject for another episode.

Demystifying Expertise - 7. Compassion & Connection for Sustainability: Joke van Wensem

Demystifying Expertise - 7. Compassion & Connection for Sustainability: Joke van Wensem

July 3, 2021

In her journey, Joke admits lab work is a lot about washing up and she learnt when you start communicating your research, how you say it matters as much as what you say. And to make a difference to policies, we need to connect scientists first...competition does not always lead to efficiency. Sometimes collaboration is the key, and listening to others seems as important as presenting our information...as Joke says "How can I help you?"

"Sustainability is everything we should do to be able to keep on going...." Joke says... Loosely defined concepts but tightly defined criteria are helpful to know if we are heading in the right direction. 

Soil was Joke's first love but she's moved from soils to climate change...from knowing a lot about a little as a scientist to knowing a little about a lot as an advisor and communicator...It's all essentially  about connecting people and pieces of information 

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