Hello all. Hope you all are doing fine. Today we had this opportunity to attend a high level youth Briefing with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri who is the chair of IPCC. I think most of you are already aware that IPCC is the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.
Dr. Pachauri has been phenomenal in his role at IPCC and the fourth assessment report of IPCC is the basis for all scientific information on climate change. I am now going to share with you all what I experienced at the briefing session.
Dr. Rajendra pachuri, Chair IPCC. Photo Credit: Nazzina
Dr. Pachauri shared his views on different issues of climate change. He expressed his views on the participation of youth in the movement of climate change. No matter what happens in the future the burnt will be felt by the youth. So, youth participation is must for the world to spread the concerns on climate change. And it is evident that climate change is happening and it is happening faster than the predicted time frame. Fourth assessment report has all the evidence of climate change science and this report has been agreed by all parties. So, no one can do the act of denial of the fourth assessment report. He expressed his firmness on the robustness of the process and reliability of science in this crucial matter.
Nazzina asked him a question on his views on politically binding agreement not legally binding and his views were: our world leaders must act fast on the agreement, even if it is politically binding. But everybody has to agree on the GHG emission target by 2020 not 2050. We have to prepare ourselves to fight climate change issue at the earliest and politically binding agreement is fine for the time being if it clearly narrates finance, technology transfer and GHG emission cut by developed nations. The world leaders should also focus on the security and stability in the agricultural production to ensure food security. That way the security issue can be better handled.
Nabin asked him about ‘Hope’ in every negotiation and how long we are going to survive only with hope. Dr. Pachauri’s views are that we should not only survive rather we must thrive with hope. He said, “we may lose a lot of things but we must not lose hope because that is what matters to reach to a consensus. What keeps us going is hope. If we have hope we will have what we want to have and enjoy at what we do”. He shared his views on unified actions which needs to start from the grass root level. All should raise voice collectively to change the views and objectives of the politicians. It is true that all countries are not capable by their own to fight climate change and politicians must not focus only towards the next election. they should focus on the bigger picture and what is going to happen in the future and at he same time they should believe in the profoundly. Youths need to take actions to change the mind of the politicians to work collectively on this burning issue.
Someone asked him about the outcome in the COP15. Dr. Pachuri believes that COP15 is not the end of the world. Knowledge on climate change is wide spread and it should spread more and more. in his words: “We might not be getting a legally binding agreement at COP15 but cop is not the end of the world. Will see more controls within next 6 months or year at most”.
He answered the question on Climate change and water. We have to work on the management of water. Everywhere in the world we have to take decision on waters more sensibly. The last thing the world would want is a crisis. The world needs to take actions on the anticipation of any crisis. Look beyond the next election and look for more distant future challenges. He also said that not everybody is in favor of climate change. Denial has been always there when there is any new knowledge. It is very natural that not everybody will be the advocates of climate change and there will be skeptics who are right now managing huge profit out of their business and climate change is going to affect them as well. He also expressed his concern that some delegation parties have brought scientists in the team. But the negotiations are becoming fully political which is not right.
From tomorrow entry al Bella Center is going to be very restricted and 2/3 of the youth will not be allowed to enter at the venue. How the youths are going to be a part of the whole process then? He suggested us to use the media to spread the word of us around the globe. And after getting back to everyone’s country, youths must jump into action to work on climate change at the same time spread the knowledge to the rest.
Someone from the audience asked him if Nuclear energy is an option for the world. His view is that we are going to see a lot of Nuclear energy in coming days. But it is not an option for all the countries because it is a serious option which requires comprehensive assessment of all issues like safety, security and disposal.
The last question was from Sumaiya and she asked when are we going to see the next (fifth assessment) report. He believes the next report will come out on 2013.
In his concluding remarks he reemphasized the participation of youth in the movement. Youths will have to be the major change event worldwide to fight climate change problems.
That is all from me for the moment. Have a nice day.
Zia, British Council Climate Champion, Bangladesh