This attitude in the buildup to the COP, from the dire predictions of potential impacts of a warming, to President Obama’s own opening remarks, in which he quoted Jay Inslee’s declaration that, “We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do anything about it,” led me to expect the Climate Generations area to be a reflection of the sense of urgency that had been pervasive in the coverage of the COP.
After a day in the Climate Generations space, my hopes for the space were tempered, significantly.
"the space didn’t give me the feeling that decisions that would impact billions of lives were being made less than a mile away"
Needless to say, the space didn’t give me the feeling that decisions that would impact billions of lives were being made less than a mile away. In fact, there was a marked disconnection between the negotiations occurring in the Blue Zone and the civil society space, with two televisions broadcasting scenes from the negotiations in Le Forum serving as the sole links that I encountered between the two areas.
There was definitely constructive dialogue in the side events and in the exhibition areas. (The effectiveness of these is debatable as well, but that’s another discussion.) However, in terms of setting the tone for an immensely serious issue, I believe that the Climate Generations area disappointed.