KEMENTERIAN LINGKUNGAN HIDUP

REPUBLIK INDONESIA



Presented by 350.org and the
International Forum on Globalization
 

This event gave participants the opportunity to analyze and discuss the results
of the Poznań negotiations in terms of the
prospects for reaching an agreement in Copenhagen.

Bianca Jagger, World Future Council, underscored the necessary actions to
reduce carbon dioxide concentrations to 350 ppm, inter alia to: hold
governments accountable in Copenhagen;
foster the adoption of renewable energy worldwide; demonstrate that cities can
be operated solely on renewables; tax emissions; strengthen forest protection
and reforestation; reject nuclear energy; and eschew carbon capture and
storage.

Victor Menotti, International Forum on Globalization (IFG), highlighted that a
trust-building breakthrough has occurred in Poznań which has deepened the dialogue
between US and developing country leaders, in particular, on the issues of
financing and technology transfer. He stressed the need to further discussions
on a "global climate fund" separate from the World Bank, and to take
immediate actions to make deeper, faster cuts.

Ely Katembo, 350.org, discussed 350.org’s global activities, including outreach
to communities that lack computer access. He showed pictures of communities
that were organizing around the concept of the 350 ppm target. He concentrated
his remarks on outreach in Africa and the
importance of incorporating young people into the climate negotiations, as they
are the ones who will be impacted by a 2050 emissions target, and highlighted a
call for action, to be carried out on 24 October 2009, for support of the 350
ppm target.

Bill McKibben, 350.org, said that a year ago, no one knew the significance of
the number "350." He discussed the importance of NASA scientist Jim
Hansen’s publication that calls for a 350 ppm target. He stated that Gore’s
reference to the 350 ppm target in his speech in Poznań, Poland
echoed the support that the target is gaining. He said that deep, profound
change is needed, which will not be comfortable, nor cheap. He urged ceasing
global use of coal by 2030, and sooner in developed countries.

Participants discussed, inter alia: the notion of "abolition" of
carbon dioxide emissions; demonstrating means to reach the 350 ppm target
through modeling scenarios; appropriate means for reaching the 350 ppm target;
the benefits of holding optimistic versus pessimistic outlooks; biochar;
phasing out fossil fuels by 2050; engagement of China; and competitiveness issues.
Concluding the event, Claire Greensfelder, IFG, urged participants to consider
how they can make a difference during the next year.