Last week our EVS volunteers had a chance to take part in World Climate Simulation hosted by Center for Education and Development – CED in Tetovo.
After getting to know all the participants the simulation began. People were put in a different teams. For Example Ann and Farah represented Developed countries (Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Russia etc.), Yana got China and Jorinde was Team European Union.
The main 3 tasks were:
- First action was to reduce CO2 emissions and there had to be a starting date and ending date. Since all the teams had their own idea when the starting and ending date should be it was rather hard to come to an conclusion.
- Second task was to show weather your countries will commit to reduce deforestation and increase reforestation/afforestation.
- Thirdly, the teams needed to decide how much money will they contribute to the Green Climate Fund.
All in all, the idea was to stick to the plan that was made at the Paris climate conference in December 2015 where 195 countries agreed on the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement set out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid an increase in dangerous climate changes that have been happening in recent years. Main aim was limit global warming to well below 2°C.
After first session the Teams were far from their goal. It was rather hard to find a common ground that would benefit all and not leave somebody out. A lot of effort went into convincing China and India to reduce their emissions (the idea was to give them some funding). Which in the end of the day The developed countries pulled out and chose to invest to developing countries instead. It was a smart move in a way because developing countries are the biggest threat at this moment for future pollution, as their economies are growing.
The second session showed that the teams still haven’t been able to tackle the problem.The issue was that the starting and ending date were far too long, because if you don’t start doing something now the emissions from this year will show their effects in 30 years. So all the teams adjusted the starting and ending day. In the end we managed to get the global average temperature to 2.3°C. Which wasn’t ideal but at this point better than before.
The third session was about what we can do to pollute less. It was an interesting topic since everybody had great ideas. One idea that I really liked was that even small changes make a big difference. For example take shorter showers, use less plastic bags, recycle, use public transport etc. But most importantly people should educate themselves about the topic.
In the end we can say that the simulation was success because we had a chance to learn something new. Even if some people had already a lot of info on climate change they had a chance to hear what other nationalities think of it. Since the simulation hosted many organisations with international volunteers from (USA, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Estonia…)
VCS Team would like to thank Center for Education and Development – CED and Güneş Oğurlu for hosting such a nice event.