I have to confess, I haven't achieved much today - illness and tiredness have caught up with me. There's a virus doing the rounds of delegates at the negotiations as we have all become more tired and it's got me. So I've had a quiet day. When you're at something like this, you don't want to waste a moment so it's easy to overwork and it's also frustrating to feel less than 100%.

I missed the big event of the day when my Greenpeace colleagues set off a large alarm outside the Maritim Hotel to highlight that failure of countries, including New Zealand, to show the level of urgency required to tackle climate change. There is no sense of urgency here whatsoever.

Subsequent reaction to the protest by delegates from countries has varied from annoyance at the disruption to satisfaction that someone is reminding delegates that there is a world out there.

Yesterday I mentioned New Zealand's efforts to undermine references to the rights of indigenous people. Recent events in the Amazon show how important protecting indigenous people's rights is. It appears that the Peruvian police have massacred native Peruvians who live in the forest so that the Government can offer the land large companies to convert to farming and allow oil exploration. The Independent has a story on it here:


After two weeks, it feels like the negotiations are not much further ahead, which is a worrying signal of what may happen in Copenhagen. It'll take a bit of effort from all of us to create the momentum needed to get an effective climate-saving treaty in Copenhagen.

New Zealand could show real leadership in these negotiations. As I've written before, the New Zealand delegation is talented, capable and effective. They just need new instructions from the Government and the backing for a 40% target.