Special guest Julie Johnston joins Dr. Peter Carter, Paul Beckwith and Regina Valdez to discuss the upcoming Conference Of the Parties, COP28 to be held in Dubai, UAE beginning on November 30th.
This video was recorded on November 14th, 2023, and published on November 19th, 2023.
The importance of hosting the COPs in different regions to facilitate a broader attendance was mentioned along with the significance of including the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region due to predictions of extreme climate changes rendering parts of it uninhabitable. The forum touched upon the history of COPs, highlighting the first conference in Berlin in 1995 and the Kyoto Protocol established in the third COP in Kyoto.
Julie Johnston shared a heartfelt message urging women attending COP to represent mothers, grandmothers, and all of humanity in climate discussions. She added a perspective on ecological responsibility, calling for compassion and courageous advocacy at COP28.
The subsequent discussion involved participants expressing their views on COP negotiations, highlighting the deceptive nature of some agreements, the urgent need to address fossil fuel subsidies, and the potential consequences of climate change on future generations.
The forum participants also discussed the disconnect between government negotiators and the broader public and the critical role of activists in holding leaders to account. The discussion underscored the urgency of addressing climate change and the importance of COP28 in shaping global climate policies.
Dr. Peter Carter - MD, Expert IPCC Reviewer and the director of the Climate Emergency Institute
Paul Beckwith - Climate Systems Scientist. Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Paleoclimatology Laboratory as well as at Carleton University
Regina Valdez - Program Director, Climate Reality Project, NYC. GreenFaith Fellow and LEED Green Associate
Charles Gregoire – Climate Reality Leader, Electrical Engineer, Webmaster and IT prime for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum
Heidi Brault - Climate Reality Leader, BA(Psychology), Library & Information Technician Diploma - Video production and website assistant - Organizer and convener, Metadata technician, COP28 Team Lead for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum.
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