Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hopenhagen

COP15 (15th Conference of the Parties) is coming up soon in December. If you have been under a rock, then listen up as this is going to be the last major chance our world gets to iron out a concrete effective plan for reducing carbon emissions. This event will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is one of the greenest cities in the world. There will be 192 countries represented by ministers, negotiators, and other government bodies and special agencies. That also potentially means 192 different points of view.

This event is centered around the Kyoto Protocol, which was negotiated in 1997, specified greenhouse gas emission targets for the developed Annex I countries. It also specified that the first "commitment period" would run from 2008 to 2012. With the agreement set to expire at the end of 2012, it is intended that the COP15 meeting will finalize a new agreement.

I know it all sounds very political. Yet, it is the right time to determine cap-and-trade program details, carbon capture and storage (CCS), nuclear power and trading emissions. If anything this gives us Hope. Hopenhagen is part of the movement and the chance for this new beginning.

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