It's a huge part of Copenhagen, the financing of the $200 billion fund for climate change adaptation. We cannot get a deal unless richer nations -- also referred to as Annex 1 in legal-speak -- put money on the table to help developing nations grow cleanly and vulnerable countries adapt to the climate impacts already under-way.
Countries like the US have made short term financing suggestions but nothing in-line with what is really needed. It's a game of poker, with each country making a bet, and slowly increasing the pot. Now it's Japanese turn, and the new Prime Minister, Hatoyama, has indicated he may be willing to significantly raise the stakes.
The Japanese youth delegation know the potential that exists for Japan to be a climate leader on finance. They realize Japan has the opportunity to be a leader in unlocking the additional financing caught up in political posturing and rhetoric. To crank up this message the youth delegation joined the Avaaz aliens to take demands directly to Japan's delegation; demands that humans can't seem to muster up the courage to ask. Hiroyuki Hori and Jouju Vechi from Tokyo, and Yaicha Bookhout of Missoula suited up and went green to hunt down the Japanese representatives. They were determined to deliver the Japanese youth statement to Japan's negotiators
Word spread to the Japan's offices as the aliens wondered the hallways calling for Japan to take up a climate leadership role in Copenhagen. The aliens were essentially asking Japan to save Copenhagen as without real finances there is no real deal.
Japan quickly sent message to the aliens that the Japanese delegates would like to meet with the aliens and make a statement on what they are asking of Japan!
The Japanese youth got quick response from the delegation, which is promising, however we need commitments not promised statements from. The meeting is set to take place in s few hours and we'll be watching to see what happens.
Will Japan take the bold leadership needed to save Copenhagen or will they fall in line with other annex one countries that refuse to commit the additional funding needed to save the most impacted countries?
As far as these young leaders are concerned, they believe that Japan will make the right decision and become bold leaders here in Copenhagen.
**Thanks to Nick Magel from Avaaz Action Factory