Maarten: Hear, hear! That's really the problem often, that climate change is a priority, but down a very long list of other more immediately pressing priorities
Definitely technology can help - information via mobile phones can make a big difference.....
Saleem: I definitely agree about the importance of editors
Yvette Abrahams, thanks so much for your straight-talking contributions! Sorry you have to head off, but participants can read your comments a little later.
Good point, Suzanne, capacity building of key actors in the public debate (journalists, editors, but also civil society and academia -- in a non-academic role) is still essential (but I have the impression it's dropping on the preference lists of donors and recipients alike, in favor of practical action on the ground).
The figures show that private climate funding goes heavily to mitigation rather than adaptation at the moment....
Ed King: good point. I think if you really want to address the risks facing the most vulnerable, you should not count on much private adaptation finance. It might be different for some other actors, e.g. large-scale agribusiness.
Saleem and ED -There is a massive deficit on Adaptation financing - The figure being used is a 100 billion dollars and that assumes two degrees BUT Sandy in the US was almost 60 Billion alone- isnt it time we did the Adaptation cost figures again?
@SAgaoglu -- if get in touch after this chat we can provide some advice (email@example.com)
Ed and Saleem: this indeed brings up the key issue of distributional impacts: who pays for adaptation, and who benefits? As you know, despite repeated calls, most UNFCCC mechanisms do not explicitly prioritise the most vulnerable groups/people (this prioritization is only mentioned between countries, not within them).
Chelsea: Completely agree! We need to learn to speak like regular people if we want regular people to listen