Oxfam’s “Bali Blogger,” Karina Brisby, reports back on the penultimate day of the Conference.
It’s getting down the “nitty gritty” part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and there is definitely an increasing feeling of tension, excitement and nervousness in the air, as people sit in huddles revising texts, passing on what they have heard in corridors, and strategize on the go.
In all this hub-bub, Oxfam is making sure that conference delegates don’t forget about poor women and men, across the world who are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, first and worst.
Today, Oxfam volunteers have been blitzing delegates with “It’s Up to U Now” calendars, which have powerful stories and images, from people dealing with climate change. The calendars and the “It’s Up to U Now” photo event of the past two days, are our way of reminding delegates that it is more than facts and figures at stake, here in Bali, and the decision they make will affect people’s livelihoods, lands and lives.
Other members of the team continued to work with other organizations and country delegates, to help ensure that the outcomes from Bali head in the right direction, to tackle climate change and it’s impact on the most vulnerable in developing countries.
Over the last few days, Heads of Governments, Ministers and the well-known, have arrived to speak at functions and side events and make decisions at the all important official plenary sessions.
One of the most popular events today was a side event hosted by Al Gore. It will be interesting to see the reactions to the event tomorrow, as during his presentation, Al Gore publicly named the United States as a blocker at the conference and called for full funding of adaptation financing, technology transfers and deforestation prevention planning.
*Note* The original message was posted on December 13, 2007 at http://oxfaminternational.wordpress.com/2007/12/13/calendars-and-big-names-came-to-the-conference/