Inspiration for reason and creativity
by Gabrielle Carbonell Praz -- November 30th, 2010
From the opening session
Sharing a room with representatives from all around the world is quite an experience.
The opening session began with an introduction to the science of climate change, the relevance of it, and the importance of not being mis-lead by spurious publications attacking the IPCC findings. This was lead by the most prominent and recognized Mexican scientist, Mario Molina. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC continued the same line of thought. Afterwards, the speeches became more emotional starting with a short talk by a representative of one of the many Mexican indigenous groups, Simona Lopez . Following this Christiana Figueres delivered a motivating speech encouraging the delegates of the parties to use reason and creativity to weave a consistent response to climate change. (You can read her speech on (http://unfccc.int/files/press/statements/application/pdf/101129_cop16_oc_cfig.pdf). After an inspirational video by Willy Sousa with spectacular images of Mexican landscapes and children pledging for action, (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt5Q6ePo-Q4) Felipe Calderon addressed the world with a speech highlighting the dangers of inaction.
With this, the great endeavor began.