Coming down to the wire

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein speaking at COP21 in Paris

Here’s the latest from the Sierra Club insiders who have been doing a yeoman’s job of keeping us all updated on the progress of the negotiations:

Hi all
Today is a day for private negotiations.  Last night the French put
out a text that we really liked.  Now we need the new ambition group
to defend it.  We won’t get a final text until Saturday morning.
What we like:
•  5-year cycles of INDCs starting in 2020
•  Long term goal of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Neutrality within the
second half of the century guided by science.
•  1.5 degrees referenced in Art. 2
•  Global stocktake for mitigation and finance every 5 years starting 2023.
•  Floor of $100 billion climate finance with cycles of review
Parts we don’t love
•  Just transition only in preamble (as far as I can see)
•  Transparency and verification are still in flux with options.

I’m not sure how much crazier I would be if I weren’t on the Club’s email update listserv. Where everyone in sight is scrambling to figure out what they’re missing and what is going on, those of us who lucked into this connection are better informed and really grateful. (Thanks Jess Dervin-Ackerman!)

Even the mention of 1.5 degrees (as opposed to 2) is, to my mind, HUGE. This is what the oil companies have been lobbying against. Quoting from The Guardian last night:

“The latest draft [says] countries will ‘hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C, recognising that this would significantly reduce risks and impacts of climate change’. This is presented as the final option.”

Whew!

cop21 325In other news, we heard Naomi Klein speak last night on the nexus between climate change and the current trade agreements under consideration, the TPP and the TTIP. She spoke in a vast space in northern Paris called the ZAC (Zone d’Action pour le Climat) where Bill McKibben will talk tonight about the history and the potential of the divestment movement.

Thanks to Felix Kramer for recording Klein’s remarks and posting them here (audio only).

Still going.