Th!nk4 Post: Will COP16 Succeed Where COP15 Failed?

This time last year the buzz was beginning to build around COP15 that took place in Copenhagen last year. This was going to be when Europe stood up to the rest of the world and set out its plan and hoped to get everyone else on board.

Did it work? Nope. Will COP 16 be any different is the big question.

We have witnessed 15 Conference’s of the Parties since the signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 1992. The only things that have come out of these meetings is the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and the Montreal Action Plan in 2005.

Kyoto is soon to run out. COP 16 will be another talking shop. But do we as a planet and a people have the time to wait? Can we leave things as they are till COP 17 in South Africa in 2011? or COP 18 in Qatar or South Korea? Can we as a race take that risk or will we have reached tipping point?

COP 16 attendees will have to prove themselves. I know prepatory meetings are currently under way in China, but can world leaders agree in Cancun between November 29 to December 10 to actually do something. To change how we act towards our environment. Can we protect our planet before its too late.

In a year where it is only now we have found a planet that could possible support life, Gliese 581g, it shows how few and far between this planet and the life we have is. We have been lucky as a race to make it this far. Are we going to be our own worst enemy and destroy our planet. Here is hoping COP 16 will be different and something will come from it.

Originally post on the Th!nk4  website

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Th!nk 4: Back to Climate Change

The European Journalism Centre is back with the next Th!nk About It Competition. This time it will be focusing again on the Climate Change issue in the run up to COP16 in Cancun, Mexico. Here are the details,

The EJC’s long-running TH!NK ABOUT IT blogging competition series gears up for its next evolution. As TH!NK3: Developing World’s final reporting trip prepares to take place in Kenya, a new phase of TH!NK is about to unfold.

TH!NK team invites YOU to participate in our new short-form competition which is now open. We’ll think of Climate Change and will focus on the COP16 climate negotiations in Cancun (Mexico). The TH!NK4: Climate Change competition closes 15 December, at 12 noon (GMT +1).

The new, improved, and even more transparent than before TH!NK4: Climate Change, does not require you to write a specific number of articles – but of course activity on the site improves your chances of being selected. The competition is open for everyone who signs up and provides a decent-quality text as his/her first post.

The Prizes include:
1x Macbook
2x FLIP HD camera
15x Special reporting trips to COP16 in Cancun (with support of EU)

Note: You need to blog in the first half of contest period in order to be eligible for reporting trips to Cancun.

You can sign up HERE to participate in this competition.

I have applied so hopefully I will be blogging alot about COP16.

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