This is the second instalment of “Inuk in Paris”.
Robert Comeau is an alumni of SOI’s 2015 Arctic Expedition, a proud Inuk, and actively involved in representing the youth voice on issues affecting the Arctic and its people.
Through a series of photo and text blogs titled “Inuk in Paris” Rob shares his journey at COP21 in Paris where he will speak to his perspective on the Arctic, the challenges and opportunities facing this region and engages with youth and leaders from around the world on solutions for a better future.
See Rob’s journey through photos and check back on the previous post Inuk in Paris – Day 1!
Photo and caption (c) Robert Comeau
Canada’s leadership in the negotiations has been noted, but more importantly is the role that Canadian NGOs have played. From staging Actions (demonstrations inside the event), to meeting with other country’s negotiators, to keeping our own delegation accountable to its promises; Canadian Civil society has played a very active role in ensuring that all Canadian voices are heard.
Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing created the “Ice Watch” which is comprised of 12 icebergs captured in Greenland and transported to Paris in front of the Panthéon. The twelve icebergs take the shape of the twelve numbers on the face of a watch. The 80 tons of ice lost 30% of its mass on the trip alone. It is a symbolic demonstration of the urgency to mitigate the heating of the planet. Photo and caption (c) Robert Comeau
Getting ready to facilitate a side event with Norden. With the world turning to the Arctic, international cooperation must be done in good faith. Our event brought together youth from different parts of the Arctic to listen to some of their respective representatives. Photo and caption (c) Robert Comeau.
One of these things has been around for centuries. The other, the Notre Dame Cathedral, was built in the 12th century and has since been a symbol of the city of Paris. Both are symbols are made out of rock but present two very different mindsets. Photo and caption (c) Robert Comeau.
Some parts of COP21 are open to the general public and one of these is the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion. On December the 8th, it was Arctic Day in the Pavilion. Inuit and Saami people alike shared their stories of the direct impact of Climate Change in their communities. Arctic peoples come from different histories and face divergent challenges but share an inherent connection to the lands on which they live. Photo and caption (c) Robert Comeau
Here at COP21 there are so many new technologies being displayed that could help mitigate the effects of a changing climate. The world has come together to show each other that we can do in times of need. Photo and caption (c) Robert Comeau.
I had the pleasure of seeing the lovely young ladies from the Uummannaq Children’s home that many SOI alumni have had the chance to meet! Their efforts to show the world their culture are remarkable and display the importance of building up the confidence of our young people. Photo and caption (c) Robert Comeau
Photo (c) Robert Comeau