Yesterday we attended an event entitled “Storytelling for Global Action.” The event flyer advertised actor Robert Redford and “indigenous artists, activists and storytellers” and a discussion of shared efforts to warn the world about climate change. For those of you who don’t know who Robert Redford is, he is an American actor and director and probably your mom’s childhood crush.
At my final event of the first day of the COP21, a female panelist expressed her concern that the future of her children was in the hands of “old white men.” I feared the same reality as I made my way towards the 21st Conference of the Parties. Though there is much to say for the inequality present among the deciding forces behind negotiation walls, I was happily surprised to see all those who were represented and included. Namely, I’d like to highlight their contributions and celebrate the many faces of the COP.
Put about 25 college students in a room and give them varying levels of power. Now, make them represent various countries and group them together based on whether that country is developing or developed and separate the superpowers like China, India, the U.S., and Russia. Finally, make them come to a conclusion on how much each group can cut their CO2 emissions. Seems like a great plan, right?