LE BOURGET, France — More than 45,000 people are attending COP21 in Paris this week — from top government leaders to NGOs to environmental researchers. Though this is the 21st meeting of its kind, this year the model of the conference is new. Rather than the UN leadership telling countries what they should do, it has asked countries to submit plans called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
In other words, the leadership is asking countries what they want to achieve for the climate. So what do attendees at COP21 want to achieve?
1) Sam Cossar—International liaison officer at Friends of the Earth — Australia
2) Casey Camp-Horinek — Activist and Drumkeeper for Ponca Nation — Oklahoma
3) Kayly Ober—PhD researcher — Washington, DC
4) Rose Elu, Indigenous service delivery advisor at Relationships Australia — Torres Strait Islands, Australia
5) Mahua Acharya (L) —Assistant director general, Global Green Growth Initiative—India and 6) Kathrin Gräble (R)—Attorney—Germany
7) Bert Wander — Media campaigner, Avaaz — United Kingdom
8) Lolan Eriksson—Ministry of Transport and Communications—Finland
9) Maria Luesa Munduruku and 10) Rozeninho Saw Munduruku—Representatives of the Munduruku tribe—the Amazon, Brazil
11) Francois Paulette —Chief of Dene Nation — Canada
12) Tashka Yawanawa—Chief of the Yawanawa tribe—the Amazon, Brazil
13) Yannick Monerat — Engineer and DJ, Solar Sound System — Switzerland
14) Maud Barcelo—Law student at the Sorbonne and volunteer at the Indigenous Pavilion—Paris,France