The Climate Summit happened October 27th in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Summit is a precursor to the creation of the Copenhagen Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol was enacted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in order to combat global warming. The Kyoto Protocol has many critics due to some major shortcomings. The United States and China were, originally, uninvolved which set back the effectiveness of the protocol.
The Kyoto Protocol set desired percentages for green house gas (GHG) reduction for all participating countries to meet. Many of the projected changes in GHG created by the Kyoto Protocol are not on track for the end date. The Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012, and the Copenhagen Protocol will begin. The Climate Summit in Copenhagen is designed to create solutions to the problems of the Kyoto Protocol so that the Copenhagen Protocol will be more effective.
Nearly 8000 people representing 170 countries are expected to attend the conference in Copenhagen. The conference will be powered completely by local windmills. Connie Hedegaard, Denmark’s Minister of Climate and Energy, is the host of the conference.
The politicians will base their decisions on information provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which is based in Geneva Switzerland. The IPCC is known for its supply of information to countries around the world. The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for their efforts to educate the world about man-made climate change. To learn more about the IPCC check out their website at www.ipcc.ch.
The conference will provide important planning for the Copenhagen Protocol and will lead to both climate awareness and future positive change. This climate summit is the beginning of serious environmental change that will come when the world agrees to participate in the Copenhagen Protocol.
- Oliver Luneau