The negotiations are moving fast and furious but we still have a long way to go. While there has been an unprecedented level of focus around the world on the issue of global warming throughout 2007, the conference has yet to be infused with a sense of urgency. With the United States making it clear that they will not support targets or timelines for greenhouse gas pollution reduction, we are still working hard to push other countries to lead. While members of the European delegation have been saying the right words, they have not yet been playing the leadership role we need. But we are working hard here to change that.
As we begin to move towards the end of the first week of the conference the level of public activity is growing. We are all excited for tomorrow, when Greenpeace’s flagship the Rainbow Warrior will sail into Denpasar. A flotilla of dozens of boats will great her arrival. The Warrior will host delegates from all over the world over the course of the next week and give us a platform from which we can highlight the importance of a strong Bali Mandate.
Saturday brings the global day of action on climate change. Events all over the world will shine a spotlight on negotiators in Bali, demanding bold action here. Nothing short of a strong Bali Mandate that charts a course toward the adoption of the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol by 2009 will be acceptable.
On Sunday, thousands will gather on the beach just a short distance from the conference to create a human beach art image of the earth. Students from Step It Up here helping to organize the image. Look for pictures early next week.
And finally on Monday, the high level segment of the negotiations will begin as many of the Ministers begin to arrive. While there is much talk during the first week of the meeting, in most cases the real work begins once the ministers arrive.
I am incredibly impressed with the large number youth attending the conference. Greenpeace’s Solar Generation students are here in force joining a large and focused youth movement. The youth delegation has been working the delegates hard, and have becoming an increasingly powerful force at these meetings.