Rede des Jugendvertreters Quintin Combrinck – 2.12.2011, 11:15

Wie vorher angekündigt, veröffentlichen wir hier den Text von Quintins Rede, die er als Vertreter der YOUNGO constituency vor der Ad hoc Working Group über die Fortsetzung des Kyoto-Protokolls gehalten hat. Diese Gelegenheit erhalten nicht viele der Observer-Organisationen. Es hat sich sogleich eine Arbeitsgruppe zusammen gefunden, in der Lars und Quintin auch mitgearbeitet haben.

Hier seine Rede – natürlich in englischer Sprache!

Thank you Chair

Quintin in der Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWC-KP).

My name is Quintin Combrink. I am 24 years old and I speak on behalf of the youth constituency. I am from South Africa, and I, like all of you, have invested a lot of time in this conference.

This is more important than anything else I could be doing. Climate change is the moral issue facing both my and your generation.

We came here hopeful. We came inspired. We came energised. Now, among the youth present, doubt is spreading. Young people here doubt the political will of parties. Some of them are beginning to doubt the process itself. We are losing faith in you.

I’m sure you share this sense of dashed idealism and lost hope. But we believe in this, we hope for this, and we need you to work for this. So Mr. Chair and Delegates, I’m going to try something different here.

When we make decisions as international youth, we recognise coming to consensus can be challenging – we often have trouble with this ourselves. Good communication is vital but with a little work, we find we can build trust, and a spirit of mutual co-operation can be achieved.

"Raise your hands if you want to save the climate!" Der YOUNGO-Support ist wichtig und sehr hilfreich.

So I ask you:

Can you please raise your hand if you’re wearing shoes?

(Come on, some of you must be wearing shoes)

Okay. Can you raise your hand if you think you didn’t have enough sleep last night?

(Well I certainly didn’t!)

Raise your hand if you’re here to find a solution to the climate crisis.

(…well then I guess I am making the front page!)

Please raise your hand if you think the first Kyoto commitment period was worthwhile

(…)

Raise your hand if you believe that by the end of next week, this conference could agree to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

(…)

We need to build trust. We need openness. We all want a solution. We need all cards on the table. Tricks of diplomacy do not work here.  This is about the future of our global society.

Jede Sprecherin, jeder Sprecher wird während der Ansprache gefilmt. Auch Quintin natürlich.

We call for a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. We call for it to last five years or less. We call for it to start by January 2013. We cannot wait until 2015, let alone 2020 for a new binding agreement. You’ve all seen the figures: emissions must peak by 2015.

But more than anything we want a solution. We need to work together. We need trust. We are here to work with you. We hope you are here to work with each other. We are watching, we are listening, and we will be taking action.

Thank you.

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Magdalena, Lars and Kaddi - we're the German members of the delegation of the World Organisation of Scout Movement to COP17, taking place from Nov, 28th to Dec, 9th this year in Durban. With our colleagues from South African Scout Association we're going to promote our joint annual campagin "Our World - Our Challenge"! Additionally we're aiming to promote scouting in the community of climate protection NGOs and partners.

4 Gedanken zu „Rede des Jugendvertreters Quintin Combrinck – 2.12.2011, 11:15

  1. Wow. Während ich Quintins Rede lese, läuft im Radio „Wondeful world“ von Louis Armstrong. Dazu muss ich wohl nicht mehr sagen…
    Ich hoffe, dass (nicht nur) diese Rede etwas bewegt beim COP!
    Liebe Grüße an Euch alle, auch an Quintin, vielleicht erinnert er sich ja an mich 🙂
    Gabi

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