Friday, November 25, 2011

The Virtual Durban: COP17 Online

The annual United Nations Climate Change meetings begin in Durban, South Africa next week and for the first time in two years, I won't be attending in person. I will miss catching up on the latest science and policy surrounding the big topics that make up the climate change negotiations. However, I plan to track the proceedings as much as possible through the wonderful tools that the UNFCCC provides in the form of live webcams, up-to-the-minute documents with amendments, and online apps. As well, there are some hard-working activist groups that bring brilliant insight to the proceedings. Tcktcktck and our own Canadian Youth Delegation are just two of the best of these.

It won't have the flavour of the personal meetings and the networking that just can't be duplicated at home, but I intend to bring the virtual Durban to my blog. Starting next week, the meetings run from November 28 to December 9. Stay tuned to keep up on frequent summaries of the salient negotiating points, and interesting facts from the heart of the climate change negotiating centre.

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