Another year has brought another awaited climate negotiations.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference has begun today, on 11th November, in Warsaw, Poland. The climax of the conference will be, as usual, presented by Conference of the Parties COP19 during its last days. We will follow this fortnight fight of diverse interests and needs and we hope to bring you valuable inputs, reports and opinions.
The tribunes of our climate issue have an honour to host contributions by; Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, Director of Fundacja Strefa Zieleni (Green Zone Foundation), that informs us of Green activities in Poland during the conference, further climate campaigner and youth trainer Artur Wieczorek that familiarizes us with the Polish Poland´s approach to climate change and its energy policy. The relation between Poland´s interests in the field of energy, natural resources and environment and COP19 are explained by Agata Hinc, Managing Director at demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy and member of ELEEP network. In the last tribune, you can read about the impacts of climate change on Millennium Development Goals in Bangladesh that alludes to the global scale of climate challenge, written by free-lance journalist Syful Islam.
Following days, many eyes will be focused on Poland. The energy policy of Poland does not reflect the environmental challenges and it was already officially proclaimed that the approach to climate change and clean energy will not be changed. We hope the opposite.
The climate negotiations are strongly influenced by profit interests of diverse economic groups and industries organized in strong corporate lobbies. Such lobby can be considered as one of the major reasons of prolonged and ineffective negotiations, and delayed and misleading solutions. The trust in UNFCCC has considerably decreased throughout the years and if as well other initiatives and local efforts are not sufficiently strong and eager, we will be not able to avoid unnecessary negative impacts.
We believe that the active and responsible approach to this environmental challenge is the right way to save our future and healthy environment. In this issue, we will have a closer look to climate change and energy policy, the atmosphere and the process of the negotiations, the wide scale of climate impacts, and to desirable steps to be undertaken.
Enjoy this climate issue!
Ecosprinter Editorial Board
Marie, Telemaque, Balasz, Lívia