G-1 Billion was a project I founded and led in 2009 for the UNFCCC climate change negotiations conference in Copenhagen, called COP-15. Our vision was to create a youth-run purpose-based press agency that would provide the widest coverage – the most languages and the most diverse set of perspectives – to capture the conversations of the group of 1 billion young people who will be alive in 2050.
In addition to leading the project, was a journalist and co-editor-in-chief. All my articles can be found here, but I have summarised them many of them below.
Will a carbon market lead to failure just like financial markets?
18 Dec 2009 – At the Klimaforum a few days ago, a session commented on the many false solutions currently being discussed. A major false solution, coming from the Friends of the Earth group in Chile, was carbon markets. This was extremely curious to me, as business has been overwhelmingly unified in its desire for monetizing carbon.
18 Dec 2009 – The Support REDD+ Gala was last night, a fantastic event with huge names including Vivienne Westwood, Bianca Jagger, Kevin Conrad, Sir Michael Somare and Jane Goodall. There has been a lot of talk about REDD+ in COP-15, here is the explanation and the “index” of other G-1 Billion articles covering the Support REDD+ Gala.
Kevin Conrad’s leadership: Humility, Focus, Individuality
17 Dec 2009 – Kevin Conrad is the man behind REDD+, a set of steps or mechanism designed to use market/financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation. Last year, Conrad was named #1 Hero of the Environment for TIME Magazine, 2008. I spoke to Conrad briefly after the Support REDD+ Gala event, and I asked him what it takes to become a leader in environmental issues. I learned three things from him: humility, focus and individuality.
Energy industry is hesitant to invest in green R&D
16 Dec 2009 – A survey about the energy mix and responsiveness of 200 firms (so far) in the energy industry across 7 countries was conducted, and its results were presented in a side event last week. It studied where investments and capital expenditure from energy companies were going, and revealed a reactive approach from the industry.
Energy firms do not respond to government climate change policy
15 Dec 2009 – A survey about the energy mix and responsiveness of 200 firms (so far) in the energy industry across 7 countries was conducted, and its results were presented in a side event last week. It studied how climate policy influenced energy companies and revealed a reactive approach from the industry.
Talking to GE: their take on business needing a framework
14 Dec 2009 – General Electric is pioneering its Ecoimagination strategy from 2005, where it took first-mover leadership in environmental solutions and products. I spoke with a couple of senior executives from GE about why business needs a framework from governments to move on climate change adaptation and mitigation products.
Grundfos’ “Future Now” depends on COP-15
14 Dec 2009 – Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos is taking an active role in activism and political pressure on governments to make a deal at COP-15. A deal at COP-15 is core to its business advantage, which will dictate its success and growth long-term.
COPs mobilize to arrest peaceful protestors
13 Dec 2009 – Co-authored by Ina Chitac. A peaceful protest turned controversial yesterday after approximately 200 protesters were arrested (total official number 968) 500 metres from Christianshavn metro station. The scene was incredibly eye-catching; it appeared that the entire police force of Copenhagen showed up. It seemed like a big deal, when in fact it was a calm and obedient run of events.
India’s private sector hopeless in climate change, relying on government to act
11 Dec 2009 – Yesterday’s side event from the Asian Development Bank about “Private Sector Solutions for Asia and the Pacific” revealed that the Indian private sector is waiting for their governments to provide an environment for them to act. The event also revealed that really do not understand how climate change makes business sense.
WWF are optimistic something will be signed at COP-15
11 Dec 2009 – WWF International are optimistic that a deal will be signed this week. Speaking at the WWF Climate Savers Day at Nytorv Square in Copenhagen yesterday, Global Policy Leader Kim Carstensen said that negotiators have come in open to engage and discuss, which gives him faith that some sort of deal will be struck.
Is business lazy with respect to climate change technologies?
10 Dec 2009 – Corporate representatives argued at the Road to Copenhagen 3 conference that in order for the development of climate change technologies to occur, governments should provide business with predictability, subsidies and a direction. Why should governments provide this now? When did business ever need these things in order to innovate, especially in the realm of climate change?!
“Concrete” ideas – but are they actionable?
8 Dec 2009 – There is a powerful expectation from the conference leaders to the delegates to provide concrete solutions and actionable points for people to pick up and implement. It is consensus that we need to break down high-level discussions into solutions. It appears that concise action points stop short of being actually practical solutions.
Sustainable by Design, urgent call to architects
8 Dec 2009 – I spoke with Louise Cox, President of The International Union of Architects, who told me about the important role of architects in the climate change issue. Architects influence the construction industry, who are devastating polluters of greenhouse gases. 40% of global total energy consumption comes from the construction industry. So what do the architects want to do to influence this?
For China, COP-15 is about trade not climate change
4 Dec 2009 – China will not be negotiating about climate change at COP-15, it will be about trade. The carbon emissions trading and cap schemes are a form of trade protectionism, potentially a major threat to their growth. This article explains the connections and offers an insight into this perspective from China.
The Geopolitical Climate Landscape
3 Dec 2009 – Attending the high-level segment of the World Climate Conference 3 in Geneva, Switzerland gave me insights into the political landscape of climate change. Six countries made their mark on the conference, forming nicely into three groups: the major players, the major sufferers and the embarrassments. Which countries formed each group and why? And how will this pan out when COP-15 in December rolls around?
Climate science lost in translation
1 Dec 2009 – The article summarises one of the main points from World Climate Conference 3, that information from climate scientists is limited in its usefulness for those that need to use it. The disconnect between the providers and users of the information is a dangerous limitation to the ability to implement adaptation and mitigation effectively.