COP16. Another police action show, right? Actually…, no. COP16 is an international green event happening south of our border, so big, in fact, that results from this think-tank could ultimately produce big changes in the world…, and yet few people are even aware it’s going on.
COP16 stands for the 16th Conference of Parties on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). That’s a lot to remember. Basically, it’s a gathering of representatives from nations all over the world who brainstorm ways to help developing countries conserve forests and improve land use. Why is this so important? Climate change and trees go hand in hand.
Statistically, deforestation accounts for about 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In fact, after an extensive comprehensive accessment in 2007, the IPCC concluded that climate changes today are the result of human activity “a phenomenon that will have devastating effects if left unchecked.” Members of this convention, such as those from Rainforest Alliance are determined to work together to help solve some of the issues before it’s too late.
This year’s gathering is in Cacun Mexico from Nov 29-Dec 10th. I urge you to keep abreast of what this group is doing through Twitter updates: http://twitter.com/rnfrstalliance and through the Frog Blog https://rafrogblogus.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/day-1-of-cop16/.
Climate change is bigger than all of us. We can’t afford not to pay attention.