SOI Alumni join the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP15

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Ashley Tufts (Antarctic ’04 / Arctic ’05).

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BJ Bodnar (Arctic ’07 / Antarctic University ‘09).

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Amber Church (Antarctic ‘05 / Arctic ‘08) and an Inuk girl.

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Taryn McKenzie-Mohr (Arctic ‘09, left) and Jennie McDowell (Arctic ‘09, right) at the Arctic Circle.

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SOI Alumni join the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP15

Students on Ice is pleased to announce that Ashley Tufts (Antarctic ’04 / Arctic ’05) and BJ Bodnar (Arctic ’07 / Antarctic University ‘09) have been selected to join the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD) to the 15th annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15).

Ashley and BJ will join three other SOI Alumni on the CYD – Amber Church (Antarctic ’05 / Arctic ’08), Jennie McDowell (Arctic ’09) and Taryn McKenzie-Mohr (Arctic ’09).

The entire SOI family wishes Ashley, BJ, Amber, Jennie and Taryn the very best as they advocate for a meaningful agreement to be reached in Copenhagen, Denmark.

If anyone would like to make a financial contribution to support Ashley, BJ, Amber, Jennie and/or Taryn to get to COP15 in Copenhagen, please contact expedition@studentsonice.com.

If you want to get involved in supporting the important work of the CYD from home and join the CYD-COP15 Home Team, please contact apply@studentsonice.com.

SOI encourages all Canadians to sign the KYOTOplus petition for strong government action against global warming: www.kyotoplus.ca.

SOI encourages everyone to support the UN-led Seal the Deal Campaign that aims to galvanize political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December: www.sealthedeal2009.org.

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UNFCCC Convention and Protocol

Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty — the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The UNFCCC secretariat supports all institutions involved in the climate change process, particularly the COP, the subsidiary bodies and their Bureau.

CYD-COP15 Advocacy

Addressing the climate crisis requires international cooperation. Only by working together can countries line up the requirement of science, development and global justice to create a deal that sharply reduces emissions, safeguards development rights and protects the world’s most vulnerable peoples and nations. The window is fast closing for global emissions to peak and begin declining if we are to keep climate change to manageable levels (i.e. – well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels). Meeting this goal while lifting many millions out of poverty requires urgent and coordinated action. In Copenhagen, the world will attempt just that.

COP15 is the conclusion of an intensive two-year negotiation process launched in 2007 under the Bali Roadmap to forge a new global agreement to tackle climate change. This agreement will chart the course of international action on climate change after the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012. The new deal will be based on four pillars – Mitigation (reducing emissions), Adaptation, Technology Transfer and Financing – and underpinned by a new ‘Shared Vision.’

Youth from around the world have played a powerful moral role in the talks, and the Canadian Youth Delegation continues to be critical in supporting the global youth movement, engaging Canadians and checking the Canadian Delegation. In Copenhagen, as the world struggles to come to an agreement on the very substance of our futures, these tasks will be more crucial than ever.

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