In my final interview, I spoke with Ganzalo Canseco, the chief of staff of Mexico's Minister of Foreign Affairs. The event I was attending, The Forum on Communicating Climate Change, was hosted by the government of Mexico, and is one of the main events that they hosted outside of the negotiations. I asked why they chose to focus on climate communication.
He responded that Felipe Calderon, Mexico's president, wanted the public to be more involved. He also thought that Cancun and Mexico have done a relatively good job at hosting the 20,000 people who have come to Cancun to participate in COP16.
Other articles in series:
Andy Revkin: You've communicated this issue for 20 years. How does our collective failure make you feel?
Jennifer Scott: A Survey of COP16 participants reveals deep pessimism.
Anthony Leiserowitz: The global diversity of opinion on climate change.
Doug Boucher: How has the Union of Concerned Scientists responded to our failure to communicate climate change?
Eileen Claussen: What is the road forward?
Colin Beavan: How does "No Impact Man" talk about Progress?
Gonzalo Canseco: Why did Mexico choose to host a forum on climate change communication?
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