I hope you’re both well. It’s a nice warm sunny day here in Paris, from where the big news is that there’s a significant push to increase the ambition and limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees rather than 2 degrees, which would probably make today’s weather here in Paris illegal.
The people I met last night, activists from Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Climate Action Network and Citizens’ Voice TV, thought that 1.5 degrees was impossible but the increased ambition was extremely positive. Though some say it might just be possible, if only we could invent a hoover that would suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.
Noises a around carbon pricing also seem very positive. Even if it’s not written into the final agreement, it’s going to happen I was told. We already have some carbon pricing schemes, such as the European Emissions Trading Scheme, but the price of carbon in those is way too low, meaning we’re still effectively subsidizing fossil fuels since the damage it’s causing is not factored into its price.
This morning I got myself over to Le Bourget, where the talks are being held, and I’m now sitting on a blue (ocean coloured) carpeted floor in the Green Zone, the area that’s open to the public, where there are various panels and seminars going on. I’ve just been to one titled “Is nuclear part of the solution in the fight against climate change” to which the answer was, in short, “yes, of course it is, but thanks for asking” – I might have some more to say about that later, but now I have a sore arse and have to stand up and walk around for a bit before the carbon pricing panel at 5:15.