A text from Daniella alerted me to a possible meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Paris at 13.30 at Le Bourget. Euan will be pleased to know, a little like our search for ‘Place 2B, we really should have persevered on Monday, because just around the corner from the impenetrable main conference site is a massive publicly accessible arena, where it’s ALL happening! Why on earth was this not made clear to people like us? I was SO relieved to find this area – where I the spent the rest of the day!
Despite arriving on time, the Mayor’s meeting had finished early and Krugman had departed. However, George was more than happy to receive the report – he meets up with Mayor Hidalgo (she could knock spots of that oaf Johnson, who of course, is not here) and has promised to ensure that the report is handed to her.
The 350.org forum was so exciting, so full of positivity – the divestment campaign is now all but unstoppable and it is hurting the fossil fuel companies exactly where it hurts – in their shareholders’ dividends. McKibben was brief and fled (very busy man), Jeremy Leggett excellent as usual – but for me the most significant contribution came from Stephen Heintz, President of, no less, the Rockefeller Brothers’ Foundation. Talk about a Damascene (sp?) conversion! Conceding that this concern had made its fortune from Oil, they’re now putting all their efforts not the Divest/Invest campaign. I don’t give a fig that they scent the money to be made from renewables but I actually don’t doubt that they really know that any investment into fossil fuels is a sure-fire loser. It’s happening!
Luci, I got within 10 metres of Ségolène Royal, but reckon I would’ve been pepper-sprayed if I’d tried to get any closer with the report – sorry!
Absolutely fascinating presentation from ‘Earth Engine Timelapses’ (try this link for a flavour – but it’s nice to have a facilitator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIYHGkSb-fU) – as if proof were needed of the mess we’re making of our planet – satellite images of the earth over 30 years – astonishing. And a great panel on electric cars – again, it’s happening – we have to believe it. This time, there’s no hiding place.