7 Dec 2015

Re-COP - Day 8 from Paris at the UN Climate Summit

See if you can spot our hashtag #BirdsTellUs
By Luca Bonaccorsi in Paris and the BirdLife Team in Brussels

Welcome to Paris; the capital of France and, for the next two weeks, the world's climate capital. Thousands of people, including 151 world leaders, from 195 countries have descended on the 'Parc des Expositions Paris le Bourget' site aiming to agree on a deal which will reduce global carbon emissions. Below you can follow Team BirdLife and some of the main talking points at COP21.

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Day 8 - Monday 7th December

18:30 - Fossil of the Day from Climate Action Network today going to Saudi Arabia (again - they won the last award on Friday too!), with second place going to the USA:

17:30 - Patricia has also been speaking to the OECD about our report using the app 'Periscope' - you can watch again here:

17:00 - An interesting approach perhaps from France, who've set up a 'Paris Committee' to meet at least once a day to update on progress of negotiations, in a similar format to that used previously in Durban. More from Le Monde in a translated version of their article here.

16:00 - BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita has a quick chat with Prince Albert II of Monaco at a COP21 side event - we also gave him a copy of The Messengers, our report on the effects of climate change which you can read here.


15:00 - The term 'ecosystem integrity' has been dropped from the legal part of the agreement text (specifically in Article 2). It may only sound like a couple of words, but the terminology is fundamentally important for safeguarding nature. From a scientific perspective, "ecosystem integrity" is more appropriate than "environmental integrity" or "resilience". Added to this, "Environment" can mean anything - physical environment, human environment, total environment - see here for a full explanation of why this is so important.

13:30 - Actor and former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, among the speakers at #COP21 today - let's hope a final agreement isn't terminated:

12:00 - BirdLife's daily delegation meeting - discussing what's happened so far and what is to come:

09:00 - We're into the second week at COP21! Now the final text, which was agreed at the weekend, needs to be approved by the 195 countries present at COP21 (plus the European Union). COP21's President, Laurent Fabius, wants a first overview of the final agreement, with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, this morning saying 1.5degrees shouldn't be the limit of their ambitions:

This weekend also saw the Global Landscapes Forum take place as the Palais des Congres in Paris. BirdLife was there, joined by our CEO Patricia Zurita, to press for the need to protect and restore ecosystems: