How do you get climate action to "catch fire", Mary?
@MaryRobinson: Yes, many people felt encouraged by the High Level Panel report, but is there much that this post-2015 process can achieve in practice when the main responsibility for tackling climate change lies with the UNFCCC?
From a CARE perspective it's critical that we increase accountability to deliver on development and climate goals, without this accountability, we will fail.
Jamie, I fully agree with the importance of communicatuing issues of climate change and develeopment in a way that really brings home the links between them. We have to bring out the injustice of how climate change is affecting poor communities and poor countries most severly, even though they are least responsible. For some people the way to communicate this may be to bring out the intergenerational justice: that as climate shocks increase in richer countries, our childrena and grandchildren will be ,most affected, and will wonder why we didn't do more on our watch.
@kvaughan How do you build that accountability?
@perkinseleanor, I totally agree, and wich this was clear to member States discussing post 2015, and negotiators in ADP climate conference.
@Laurie - any new development framework needs a goal on accountability and governments must sign up to delivering on their commitments and be held accountable
One good way to get action on climate change, I think, is to have people other than climate activists talking about it. We need mothers worried about rising asthma and allergies in their kids, homeowners worried about higher insurance bills, and so on. Maybe we need doctors speaking out....
@msiskas You're right about the need for political will!
@Laurie We need climate action to catch fire. We need it to be a genuine movement. MRFCJ and WRI are committed to a Climate Justice Dialogue, which is trying to build broad constituencies of demand for a robust climate agreement. We need to engage young people, women, indigenous communities, the private sector, academia, trade unions, everyone!
@Laurie - couldn't agree more, we need ordinary people talking about the impacts of climate change but we have to provide solutions as well as talking about the problems
@kvaughan What do you think are some good solutions to focus on to build this grassroots fire for action on climate change?
@Gregory, I agree. The essential voices are those in the frontline of climate change. We must continue to make sure those voices are heard by those that have the power to make decisions, both in climate change negotiations and the post 2015 development agenda.
Question for Amina - the UN Sec-General is very keen on solutions to climate change. Is he happy with how the post-2015 process is addressing the issue so far? Does he think there are limits to what it can achieve on climate change?
@ Laurie - we have to get resources to people on the front line, we have to tackle climate sceptics head on, we have to tackle the fossil fuel industry and support the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt and challenge the power structures that make them poor
@Laurie @Kvaughan It helps to bring out positive stories of community-based adaptation, such as the examples we saw at the CBA 7 conference in Bangladesh in April. We should also put emphasis on securing access to energy for the 3bln who are exposed to household air pollution, leading to 4mln premature deaths annually.
At my Foundation, we believe that climate change highlights and exacerbates the gulf in equality between developed and the poorest developing countries – a gulf that deprives the most vulnerable of the resources they need to lead decent lives. According to the Lancet-published Global Burden of Disease study released in late December 2012, household air pollution is the fourth greatest health risk in the world. This comes from women cooking food for their families using traditional cookstoves and open fires. These methods claim 4 million lives annually – most of the fatalities are women and children. Cooking shouldn’t kill. That is why I accepted the invitation to join the Leadership Council of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions
@Helen, I think the concept is a very good one for delivering a low carbon resilient - but there may be problems to implementation.
Yes, there's real appeal to the "triple win" stories of people using clean energy and as a result paying less for energy, facing fewer health problems, women having to walk less for fuel, getting access to carbon credits, etc.
@Mary - Yes, absolutely, CARE is working to provide many positive community based adaptation solutions on the ground (see www.careclimatechange.org for more info) - and also working at national and international policy levels to develop new frameworks for action, one of which is a new international mechanism for loss and damage. This needs to be established in Poland at the Warsaw COP in November.