Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment

It Is Time To Take Action-China Hosts Its First UN Climate Conference On 4 to 9 October 2010 in Tianjin, China

                                                                                                              Posted by Fudan Delegate , Vivian (Shanshan) Peng

Tianjin banner

The fourteenth session of the AWG-KP and the twelfth session of the AWG-LCA will take place from Monday, 4 to Saturday, 9 October 2010 at the Tianjin Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center (MJCEC), Tianjin, China.
The above-mentioned sessions will be preceded by preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small islands developing States and the least developed countries from Tuesday, 28 September to Sunday, 3 October 2010.

Hosting the talks on Chinese soil sends an unmistakable signal to the world that China is serious about climate change and clean energy. In the absence of U.S. leadership—presidential or Congressional—China appears to be taking up a new global role, demonstrating with the Tianjin meeting and other climate-related initiatives that it is much more comfortable being in the international lead. For instance, on the same day that the U.S. Senate gave up on passing legislation to curtail domestic carbon emissions, China revealed that it is designing its own domestic carbon trading program to be implemented in the nation’s next ‘Five-Year Plan’ (2011-2015) in order to help meet its 2020 carbon intensity target.

To make our voice heard, please visit the website :http://www.greatclimatewall.org/eindex.html

The message you leave and the picture you upload will be brought to Tianjin and shown to the representatives of the meeting!

Joint to raise a Great Climate Wall!


3 responses

  1. Summer Zhao

    Cool Shanshan!

    Actually I just received a letter that is relevant to this! It is a letter drafted by the Third World Network, which asks the Obama Administration to double winder capacity to match China’s solar growth rate! Good international collaboration.=)Here it is:

    “The United Nations climate negotiations are resuming in Tianjin, China
    on 4-9 October.

    In light of the lack of progress in the US, some Chinese academics
    have initiated an open challenge to the US Administration, asking the
    US to deliver in the next five years what China did in the last five
    years: double newly-installed wind capacity every year, and match the
    high growth rate for solar as well. In the attached open letter, they
    state that instead of continuing to use China as an excuse for its
    inaction, the US should at least match China’s efforts; and given its
    status as the world’s richest nation, it should do much more.

    As an international NGO, we support the position expressed by our
    Chinese colleagues: it is time for the US to move forward with strong,
    honest efforts. The Obama Administration must cease trying to drag the
    rest of the world down to its very low level of ambition, when what
    the climate crisis demands is far higher ambitions from all developed

    We believe, as many of you do, that civil society groups and social
    movements must increase the pressure on the Obama Administration to
    match its words with real deeds. So we are working with our Chinese
    colleagues to collect sign-on’s to support their position.

    We hope very much that your organization can sign on to this statement
    and we also hope that you can circulate this widely to other
    organizations, networks and movements. We seek your kind cooperation
    and solidarity in this regard and hope that your organization can sign
    on to the attached letter.

    Please kindly send your endorsements to climatechina@gmail.com by
    Tuesday October 5th midnight, Beijing time. Please state the name of
    your organization and country your organization is based in or if it
    is an international organization/network.

    Thank you very much.

    Yours sincerely,

    Chee Yoke Ling

    Third World Network”

    October 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm

  2. Vivian Peng

    Thank you Summer~ You have inspired me in view the Tianjin Conference from another perspective. It was a conference for developing countries but it won’t work without developed countries like the USA.

    October 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

  3. Vivian Peng

    During the Tianjin Conference,some advances have been made towards drafting decisions for Cancún that address a number of issues of priority concern to developing countries, such as climate finance, technology cooperation, reducing tropical deforestation and adaptation to climate change.

    Overall, however, the progress achieved in Tianjin was still very patchy and much too slow.

    The gap between the texts on the table at the end of the Tianjin session and the decisions need to be reached in Cancún is still very big.

    Perhaps we can discuss what kind of work will be needed to bridge such gap in our conference.

    October 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

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