Global Choices at COP28 in Dubai 2023

The Global Choices and Global Choices Arctic Angels teams were on the ground at COP28, actively representing the organisation, not only via guest speaking interventions and high level networking opportunities,  but also by attending, speaking, or moderating at our own full programme of events.
You can watch these events below.

3rd December 2023
Official COP28 side event “From climate crisis to planetary security – the role of international law.” Republic of Vanuatu, Global Choices, Stop Ecocide Foundation, Global Greens.

With associate partners:
Stop Ecocide International, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, Youth for Ecocide Law,  Global Choices Arctic Angels 

Examining the power of international law to frame the roadmap for a safe planetary future – by deterring severe climate harm, protecting vital biodiversity and its guardians, accelerating fulfillment of Paris Agreement targets and guiding just transition.

Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Climate Change & Environment, Gov’t of Vanuatu, Jojo Mehta, Chair, Stop Ecocide Foundation, Tzeporah Berman, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, Vanessa Nakate, Climate Activist, Inge Relph, Executive Director & Co-founder, GlobalChoices. Moderator: Henry Neufeldt, Head of Section, Impact Assessment and Adaptation Analysis, UNEP 

6th December 2023 / COP28 side event at the Cryosphere Pavilion
“Can the law save the Arctic sea ice?  The case for a 10 year Moratorium to protect the Polar Ice Shield.”
Global Choices, ICCI (International Cryosphere Climate Initiative) WECAN, Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty, Global Choices Arctic Angels

We are losing our Central Arctic Ocean Ice shield at an alarming rate at the same time commercial interest in exploiting this unique biome is growing. This panel spelt out the stark reality of why we need urgent action and suggest ways the law can help to protect our Global Commons as we cant plant ice!

Dr Heidi Sevestre – Glaciologist AMAP and Shackleton Medal Winner, Tzeporah Berman – Chair, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, Prof Michael Meredith, Science lead BAS Polar Oceans, Osprey Orielle Lake – Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network ( WECAN ), Anna Belinski, GlobalChoices Arctic Angel, Beth Doherty, Global Choices Arctic Angel. MODERATOR: Inge Relph, Executive Director & Co-founder, GlobalChoices

9th December 2023
COP28 side event at the UN Climate Change Pavilion
“We are all ice dependent species”
“We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it -because they do.” — Dr Sylvia Earle / GlobalChoices, Mission Blue, UN Climate Change Pavilion.

The global impact the loss of Polar ice will have on the oceans, with the cascade effects of sea level rise, acidification and loss of a unique ocean biome will be catastrophic. Consequences of further ice loss will affect not only climate stability but disproportionately impact vulnerable Island States and coastal dwellers. Investing in the protection of the frozen ocean is therefore a must.

To discuss what we can do, we had in person world renowned oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle and a panel of distinguished guests including Baroness Patricia Scotland, Sec. General The Commonwealth, Hon Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Climate Change, Energy and Environment, ​​Government of Vanuatu, Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam, Tiago Pitta e Cunha, CEO Oceano Azul Foundation, Xiye Bastida, Arctic Angel and co-founder of Re- Earth Initiative, Pam Pearson Director of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative. Moderated by Inge Relph, Executive Director and co-founder Global Choices.

“For the sake of all species, that includes humankind, we must raise the ice crisis to the top of the political agenda, require world leaders to radically and urgently cut emissions now and to protect what we can of the Central Arctic Ice Shield with a 10 year Moratorium on exploitation of this unique and critical biome…. we can’t plant ice.“ – Inge Relph Executive Director and co-founder of GlobalChoices

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