The fight against global warming finds common ground in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man w foldable bike watching the climate change protest in Ostend, Belgium

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Taking a moment to enjoy the extent of the climate change protest.

There are new hopes for climate change protesters with the accord found in Paris. To keep temperature increase below two degrees, 100 billion on funding, are at the forefront. America is finally on the agreement, unlike the disappointment following the Copenhagen accord. Gratefully, there was specific mention by many to the importance that social protest, the role of the public and specific organisations in advocacy, protest, demonstrations, in forcing the agreement to be fund. Public protest has been a worldwide constant in pressuring business and government to take responsibility. It has been slow to come about, but the tipping point has arrived, it seems.

 

Who will pay the cost of COP21 Paris?

©Barry Sadland/TIMB - Police watching the Ostend climate march w a man on a bicycle nearby

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – An easy police presence was at the Ostend march, seen occasionally on the sidelines.

The cost of the COP21 conference is about $200 million. What is less known is that private business, some of the heaviest fossil fuel corporations paid about 20% of the bill. That is about $40 million. Continue reading

Do not underestimate the value of a bike ride in fighting climate change

©Barry Sandland/TIMB Woman w bike on park bench watching the Ostende climate march.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Cities are massive contributors to gas emissions – and every bike ride contributes to its decline.

If countries decide agreements, the influence and importance of cities cannot be underestimated. Every second, world cities populations increased by two people. By 2050,  the target date for climate talks, will have increased from 3.9 billion to 6.4 billion. How cities engage in the struggle to slow, precent, reverse climate warming is essential. And cities produce three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

New hopes as 100 countries gather for COP21 agreement

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with his bike on the beach in Ostende

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Looking forward to new hopes in worldwide climate management.

I tend to do a basic Google search for COP21Paris movement. To see if there might be some advance, some agreement, that would make this gathering leave me wth greater hope than in past years. The latest has been the 100 countries coalition that has gathered, including the USA, to bring about a new agreement for 100% renewable energy by 2050. That is three and a half decades and seems to reach of far into the distance. But, of course, there will be a constant advance to the goal.  Hopefully something to see on the journey.  Continue reading

Dog walks man at COP21 climate march

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man walking his dog at the COP21 march in Ostende

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Leading the parade…

COP21 Paris march in Ostende – Protests have been an essential element in the gains being found in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have raised their voices, increased pressure on politicians, raised awareness amongst their communities. .. And a man with a bike and a dog works for me. Continue reading