DAY TWO: COP Village Memoirs

By Vicky Tremblay

Today, for this beautiful sunny second day of COP 22, I had the pleasure to attend two educative and interesting conferences about new technology for carbon emission reduction, gender and climate justice and sustainable forest financing. This morning again, the COP village was full of life, animated by beautiful well-dressed and important people. I have to say that I feel intimidated but also inspired by their knowledge, passion and skills. I feel really privileged to be here and motivated to represent IFSA well. I must also mention the important group of dedicated Moroccans that, such as a group of ants, allow the success of the event. Everywhere I look, there is someone sweeping the pavement, vacuuming or making sure of everyones security, its very impressive.  I am also charmed by their dedication to use wood as a raw material in the facilities. Indeed, they use a lot of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) to create furniture or decoration like in the pictures below. We can find utensils and dishes built with our favorite materials, wood. There is also interesting art, different figurines in inspiring poses, made out of recycled metals to point out the overconsumption of our society at present. For you guys, I tried to photograph a few things that seduced me in the village.

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I also attended a presentation I was very curious about : Gender and climate justice : the good practices to deal with climate change. Naively, I didn’t see the link between gender equality and climate change. My vision evolved after this presentation. The struggle for gender equality is necessary and is at a different level in each country. In Africa, this struggle is particularly crucial in combination with climate change. To summarize quickly, on the region of the African continent, it is the women who take care of the most demanding task: fetching water. Usually, this activity takes an average of 3 hours and a half and bring back only 30 liters of water, potable or not. With climate change, this task is getting harder and harder and puts women in a more vulnerable position. Women are also more subjected to poverty in Africa than their counterparts, leaving them more vulnerable in the face of climate change. The link between gender and climate change is clear.

Finally, it was a busy and stimulating day that covered various topics, but I’ll be back tomorrow with more forest details I hope. Bye!

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