Doha summit opens!

The 26th of November the summit on climate opened in Doha in Qatar and it will continue until the 7th of December.
195 countries participate in this meeting that hopefully will reach a understanding to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The overall goal is to have a global agreement completed in 2015 and start 2020. To manage that there is a suggestion about extending the Kyoto protocol.
According to EurActiv, EU news & policy debates, that will not be accepted by all participants:
”An extension of Kyoto, involving a new round of emissions reductions could be agreed by parties such as the EU, Australia and Ukraine – covering 12-14% of global emissions.
But big developed nations such as the US, Canada, Russia, and Japan will not sign up to a new treaty, partly because they want emerging economies such as China and India to shoulder bigger emissions reduction responsibilities.”

Also other discussion seems to be troublesome, for instance the discussion about the ”climate fund” that was decided in the meeting in Copenhagen and have not been fulfilled, according the NGO:s:
”If the EU and other developed countries are serious about making climate action a reality for the period 2013-2020, they can’t afford to come to Doha empty handed,” Lies Craeynest, Oxfam’s EU policy adviser told EurActiv.

Let’s hope it doesn’t end like this – once again:

A small report…

The NNCC project consist of different work packages. One of them, WP4, is about offering workshops which train the trainers (i.e. teachers) through interactive and open session modules and will include the following aspects:
1) What is climate change and how does climate change impact on a global level, but especially impacts on Northern communities?
2) What are the consequences if climate change is left unchecked?
3) What can we do? Adaptation and mitigation.
4) Presentations by teachers from schools that have good environmental practices and how teachers and principals can carry this message forward to their students.

So, what have we done so far?
The pilot trainings in Jokkmokk, Övertorneå, Narvik and Ii all involved also teachers and other multipliers. Owever, these were more of introductory trainings. More specific trainings for teachers were needed. Therefore:
– In Narvik, Norway, the teachers had a training, followed by workshops for all 150 students on 6-7 September 2012
– In Luleå, Sweden, the teacher network of Teknikens Hus were offered a lecture on climate and energy on 19 September 2012
– In Haparanda, Sweden, NNCC was part of holding thematic days for all 220 students in Gränsskolan on 1-2 October 2012
– Five schools in Ii, Finland, had activities along the Energy saving week 8-12 October 2012, reaching almost 880 students and 40 teachers
– In Övertorneå, Sweden, a teacher training was arranged on 30 October 2012

All in all:
* Altogether: 4 Pilot trainings + 3 Train the trainer- workshops for teachers
* In year 2012: activities for 1300 students
* Development of an easy-to-understand and a practical concept for train the trainer- workshops. This includes tools such as WhatIf and a Master PowerPoint on climate and energy modified especially for teachers and students.

Renewable energy – Good for the sparsely populated areas?

According to the Nordic Council website: Norden.org
”There are major differences in the developments in the different regions in the Region. Depopulation in the most northerly parts is one of the main challenges but a generally ageing population is also a problem, especially in the rural areas across the Nordic Region.
One of the initiatives to reverse the trend could be to create new green jobs in the sparsely populated areas. Green growth is therefore part of the strategy, in particular with a view to finding new ways to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the environment sector.”

Interesting indeed!
They continue:
The new co-operation programme for Nordic regional development has particular focus on gathering more knowledge about developments in the Arctic and contributing to an informed political debate on sustainable business development in the most northerly parts of the Region.”

We do hope that the Nordic Cooperation take the issue seriously, especially in the debate about climate change and the demand for natural resources in the world.

Swedish emissions of greenhouse gases decreases.

According to the Swedish EPA Sweden released 61,5 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2011 and compared to 2010 that is an decrease of 6% and compared to 1990 it’s at decrease of 16%.

Emissions from the transport sector accounts for a third of the emissions and are unchanged in 2011 compared to 1990. Most of these emissions come from cars and heavy vehicles. Emissions from cars declined by 9 percent since 1990, although traffic has increased.

All in all it’s a good thing but if we could decrease also the emissions from the transportation sector it would be even better. That could be possible if we managed to transport more gods, and people, by train!