By Magdalena A K Muir, Climate Editor
In opening plenary, French Research and Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem issued a stark warning, saying that “unless we have widespread climate action, we will be the generation that knew what had to be done, but didn’t do it.”
Segolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development, echoed the same message, calling on scientists to speak with a clear voice in the run-up to the Paris climate change negotiations in December. “We have won the battle of ideas, now we must win the battle for action,” she said. She also reminded scientists that while science has a duty to provide proof and evidence, “to be heard in the preparations for the summit in Paris as you deserve, your voices must not be too tangled up in precautions.”
There are also transcripts available of WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud’s speech and the speech he delivered on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
Many of Day 1 presentations are available for viewing on slide share : http://www.slideshare.net/CFCC15
Day 1 had many contributions on the social media side On the first day, there were more than 5600 tweets on the #CFCC15 hashtag, by more than 1900 individual authors.
There were free media workshops for scientists with The Carbon Brief –e with a very interesting event on The Guardian’s divestment campaign, debating the rights and wrongs of journalism as advocacy, with parallels for scientists.
Stories from the conference have started appearing on external news sources:
- The Carbon Brief provides a useful guide on what they see as the most interesting events at the conference.
- AFP newswire writes about the conference that scientists warn that the gap to avoid climate disaster is narrowing.
- Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC and Joseph Alcamo, Director of the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, published an op-ed in the Huffington Post calling on scientists to formulate a long-term vision at the conference. The op-ed is also available in French on Le Monde.
- The daily newspaper Liberation writes that “Les scientifiques chauffent la salle avant la COP21” (paywall).
There are also a number of new blog stories by social media reporters on the conference blog that might also be of interest (http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/Blog.htm):
- Aurelia Figueroa writes about what works best to encourage the uptake of efficient light bulbs in Kenyan community
- Kian Mintz-Woo asks whether our savings should dictate our evaluation of climate policy.
- Agathe Maupin contributed a piece on how climate geopolitics might be an opportunity for Africa to become a trailblazer.
- Hsiao-Chun Tseng explains why methane may be more important than CO2 in the South China Sea.
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