WAGGGS at COP19 and our Call to action!
4 November 2013
Starting 5 November, our environment and climate change delegates will be in Warsaw, Poland. They will be attending Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to assess progress in dealing with man-made climate change on a global scale. WAGGGS has taken a delegation of young women along to the negotiations since 2009. At the conference, the girls and young women lobby decision-makers, attend and run side events, network with other NGOs working on the environment and carry out actions to ensure no-one can forget the negative effect climate change is having on our world and all of our lives.
Negotiators have 2 years to ensure a meaningful climate deal is on the table and ready to be signed by all countries in 2015. More information can be found on the host country webpage.
This year the delegates will be attending many sessions, which include:
- Conference of Youth (COY) on 7th-10th November, to network with youth organisations, including those in YOUNGO (Youth non-governmental organisations)
- Postcards from the frontlines side event on the Friday (15th), promoting the Postcards campaign (see below)
- Young and Future Generations Day in the first week, working with the UNFCCC youth on an action
Follow along with the delegation by reading their blogs and updates here.
Postcards from the fronts lines - Call to action!
We want your voice to be heard while we are at COP19, and ask you to send us your Postcards from the Frontlines.
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), in collaboration with ByPost and with the support of Dame Vivienne Westwood and Gillian Anderson, launches an innovative postcards project to achieve urgently needed recognition and protection for climate refugees. Postcards from the Frontlines was launched in style at Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show at London Fashion week where
Vivienne herself urged the audience to help protect climate refugees by sending a postcard.
WAGGGS is asking you to send us ‘postcards’ with photos of the effects of climate change from your country, and a brief story of how climate change has affected you. If you have not been directly affected, send a photo of your home or a place you love along with a description of what it means to you and how you would hate to lose it due to climate change. We will collect these photos and stories and share them the Actions Working Group on 15th November during COP19, who will then pass these on to EJF.