Lots of folks here are sending updates out about how the first day of the climate summit went but I thought I would share this email form a friend, it seemed so easy to understand and covers all the basics of what went down here at the Bella center yesterday.
Very quick recap.
Last night South Africa announced fairly ambitious targets with a peak year in emissions as early as 2020. Russia announced that it wouldn't sell its massive storehouse of gigatons of emissions credits. U.S. EPA finally announced its endangerment finding making GHGs a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. France announced it wants to go to 30% reductions unilaterally without the use of offsets.
Lots of other good news likely in the works. Expect the unexpected.
Greenpeace hung banners off of the Canadian Parliament today, the new Executive Director (former anti-apartheid campaigner from South Africa) handed over to the U.N. 10 million signatures of people around the world that want our climate protected. Our experts gave interviews to dozens of media in a wide variety of languages around the world. Cajoled government officials. Bucked up our weaker allies. And schemed for many more good things to
Not bad for Day 1 of 11.
This is my first quiet moment since the alarm went off 16+ hours ago. Hours of meetings, hundreds of emails. Nonstoptalkinglisteningreadingwriting. Time to leave the office.
But I am not tired. I am ready for more.