This is a conference regarding solutions to the global issue of carbon consumption and pollution but there are as many issues discussed as people here! Every organization has an agenda and associated opinions in hopes of influencing those who do not believe the same and securing support from those who do share beliefs. I have not observed much conflict of opinion, but there is so much organized chaos in the Bella Center that it is overwhelming and hard to see how anything can get accomplished. With so many interests, there is competition for attention. I find that those who distinguish themselves visually as a united front (and in large numbers dressed in orange also helps) get noticed. Everyone wants to be heard.
After two days of being immersed in discussion of complex issues with potentially known solution pathways but no steps forward, or even commitments to step, I’m feeling a little hopeless for a global agreement. I hear of this year’s event serving as a turning point in some climate conversation topics but I predict the hype will only linger for a while after COP15 and dismantle as the conference participants no longer have a stage to capture audiences. If I am fortunate enough to come next year, I expect to experience similar conversations again.
Maybe tomorrow I will be more hopeful with a little more sleep.
Written by LAURA BELL.