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Climate Change Response Expo

We headed down to the Climate Change Response Expo on Saturday. Located in a gaggle of tents next to The Workshop, the expo hosts a number of stalls – from climate robots (courtesy of UKZN) to solar water heaters, electric cars and enviro-NGOs. Cape Town has an excellent stand showcasing all their green products. Durban’s is smaller and not quite as impressive – sigh! But the expo is in general excellent and I would encourage all Durbanites to head down there this week (it closes on Friday)!

More info on their website https://ccrexpo.com

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COP17 Protest

Not everyone is convinced that the negotiators at COP17 are representing their views and a large, diverse group of protestors (including a group of Climate Clowns – no jokes!) descended on Durban on Saturday to make their voices heard. As a nation we love a good protest, let’s just hope our leaders are listening.

More on the march at Occupy COP17 https://occupycop17.org/2011/12/02/hundreds-march-for-climate-justice/

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CNN Ecosphere

This is amazing!  CNN has developed and are exhibiting – at the Climate Change Response Expo – an organic, 3D digital plant, which uses tweets tagged with #COP17 to ‘grow’. Each stem on the plant is an actual tweet and you can zoom in and read them, providing a real-time view of the global climate change discussion around the COP17 Conference. Check it out at the Climate Change Expo in Durban or online at https://cnn-ecosphere.com.

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COP17 Carbon Footprint V1

The organisers of COP17 have made a first pass estimate for the Carbon Footprint of COP17.  The estimate of 76,900 tonnes of CO2 equivalents assumes a maximum of 25,000 delegates attending the event.  The pie chart below shows that the majority of the estimated footprint comes from international travel. The organisers will release a final estimate after the conference is over on 09 December 2011.

The local footprint is made up of travel within Durban and energy and water for the conference venues and accommodation.  National events refer to other official events and activities as arranged by the national government of South Africa in the lead up to COP17.

The graph below contexualises the COP17 footprint by comparing it to other footprints.  Comparisons between footprints need to be treated with caution.  In this case COP17 takes place over two weeks and the footprints chosen for comparison purposes are for annual periods.  In addition methodologies for event footprinting, municipal footprinting and organisational footprinting are different.    The exact figures and links to all the information are show below the graph.

COP17: 76,900 tonnes of CO2e (COP17 Website)

Durban Municipal emissions 2010: 1,107,214 tonnes of CO2e (eThekwini Green House Gas Emission inventory 2010)

Durban Community emissions 2010 (residents, industries, businesses etc): 25,962,074 tonnes of CO2e (eThekwini Green House Gas Emission inventory 2010)

Eskom emissions for year ending March 2010: 224,700,000 tonnes of CO2e (Carbon Disclosure Project 2010 SA JSE 100)

Urban Earth provides concise information on carbon emission, energy efficiency and sustainability for organisations.  Follow us at www.urbanearth.co.za

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COP17 Tree

As part of the COP17 events, a massive baobab tree (the emblem for the conference) has been constructed. Lights in the tree are powered by stationary cycles surrounding it – pretty cool huh?