South Africa & Japan

In South Africa, amazingly big and colorful birds that would be captured and looked after in the zoo are flying in the open, standing on the roof and singing in the morning; monkeys are chasing each other right outside the fence of our hotel; there also lies a Karaoke. This genius Japanese invention serves to warm up our night after a long day in the ICC. It is also probably the closest thing to Japan here. No doubt why some people don’t regard Durban a right place for an eternal settling down of Kyoto Protocol.

Born in one of the most delicate cities built from thousands years of human efforts and care, KP might not be happy with such abundance of wildness, which is though beautiful from a traveler’s perspective like that of mine. Africa, on the other hand, that houses numerous countries which lack the capacity to adapt to climate change and are extremely vulnerable to its adverse effects, neither “allows” its earth become the graveyard of KP. It is the only existing legally binding outcome, or one closest to that, from UNFCCC’s years of negotiations, that also helps channel resources from developed world to developing countries and LDCs, even though some of these countries are still complaining about having no access to these aids during the past sever years.

To quote H.E. the Singapore delegate’s metaphor about Climate Green Fund, a camel in the fence is probably better than a horse in the grassland. And now the camel is old, and does not look nice as it did, shall we just find a mate for it to give birth to a new one or try again to find a horse? Even though the horse seems to be much more appreciated by some parties, the reality is that years’ of efforts to search for a horse ended up in finding a camel. So some genetic engineering work might be easier.

(To be continued with US & China)

About the Blogger

Xiang Zhang, MEM 13′, International student from China, in the Environmental Diplomacy Practicum class, working with Maldives (my dream place for vacation!) delegation, and following CMP/AWG-KP and Technology Development and Transfer.