Fri Oct 8th, 2010 at 05:38:45 AM EST
As some of you may know, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been holding a week-long intercessional meeting in Tianjin, China in preparation for the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico this November 29~December 10.
I am actually working at this conference in Tianjin as a volunteer with Greenpeace China, and we are organizing an event today which attempts to engage public interest and expression from online observers of the conference around the world.
It is this activity that I would like to describe in this diary and invite you to join, if you are interested.
[UPDATE 12:20 PM CEST ~ 2010.10.8 : Event has been concluded already]
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Expectations for significant progress at this meeting have been universally low, and despite an unexpectedly positive start, by week-end, those low expectations seem to be bearing out.
Having said that, the genuine frustration expressed by many delegates offers evidence that there is still sincere desire and even optimism that something substantial, with a lot of pain, hard work, and time, can still be accomplished at the COP16 meeting in Cancún.
There are about forty NGOs -- Chinese and international -- camped out here in the conference hallwho are doing their best to remind the delegates of the deep interest and concern that people and civil society around the world have regarding these issues.
Today's event being carried out by Greenpeace China is simply a "direct communication" to the delegates, using social networking services (SNS) in conjunction with major online media portals to send present "micro-messages" ("tweets") from people around the world in real-time.
The SNS services we are using are primarily t.sina, one of two Chinese alternatives to Twitter, which is blocked here, and 人人网 Renren and 豆瓣 Douban, two of the largest Chinese alternatives to Facebook, which is also inaccessible here. But in order to involve as many voices as possible from around the world, we are also using Facebook to collect messages which are then put into our system to project these in the conference call for the delegates to see.
Here are some pictures to see what it looks like:
There are only a few hours left in the activity, but if you want to contribute your own message, please feel free to do so by going to our Facebook page -- http://www.facebook.com/gpchina -- and leaving your message on our Wall there.
It helps but is not necessary if you add #Climate Voice# to your message to make it easier for us to identify the messages that need to be projected.
Also, please provide your country and/or city if you wish, and if you don't mind, your first name, to give the messages a more personal and global feel.
Finally, there is a limit of 144 characters in what we can transmit, but don't worry too much about that, we can split up longer messages into multiple shorter ones.
And feel free to pass on these instructions to anyone else who is concerned about climate change and the UN talks!
Malcolm Gladwell will not think highly of this effort, but as William of Orange once put it:
One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere.