By Valida Prentice, who offers us her reflections from the nine-hour sit-in and climate justice fast
Cross-posted from TheClimateers
I spent months helping prepare policy briefs on adaptation, plan how the SustainUS communications team would interface with policy and actions, and set up a framework for the international youth communications and media production teams to work within at COP. All that is now over. My personal (unaffiliated) involvement in yesterday’s unapproved sit-in inside the Bella Center served as a transition into a new activist life outside of the COP-15 conference center.
In the end, we held our sit-in for nine hours. At around 2am, we walked away voluntarily (in some senses of the word), because the UNFCCC Secretariat and the security guards communicated an ultimatum to us: if they had to physically remove us, all 300 NGO observers (reduced from the 7,000 allowed in on Tuesday and Wednesday) would be banned from entry on Thursday and Friday. Three hundred is a paltry sum compared to the total number of accredited NGO observers (around 20,000), but it is better than zero. Continue reading ‘Life Goes on Outside the Bella Center’