Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Survival brownies for solidarity at COP15

Lisa Williams-Lahari, Freelance journalist, Climate Pasifika
Copenhagen, 15 December - 'Project Survival' director James Tilbury with Emma Christopher of Fiji (above) presented Pacific AOSIS members working through an evening at the Bella Centre with locally-baked brownies. The gesture of solidarity from the youth activists came as AOSIS negotiators and teams hunkered down here for a long night of negotiations. 

Due to over registration which means for every person at the COP15 venue, two more are registered and unable to get in, many Project survival members are amongst the thousands of NGOs queuing outside and continuing their lobbying of delegates. 

Said Christopher, "this is just a small gesture from us to AOSIS to continue our solidarity with your work at this important time. We wish you all the best and want to let you know we are thinking of you." 

The youth advocates from the Pacific, supported with fundraising and training from their Australian Youth Climate Coalition counterparts, have been in unprecedented partnership with Pacific leaders here, featuring alongside leaders during press conferences as a reminder of the stakeholders who will ultimately live with the decisions announced this Friday. As for the verdict on the brownies? Delicious!--ENDS 

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