"Climate Action Network’s 700+ member organisations regularly judge ‘Fossil of The Day’ awards, giving them to countries who have performed badly in the climate change negotiations. When earned, these slightly sarcastic yet highly prestigious awards are presented daily during climate talks. The Fossil of the Day awards were first presented at the climate talks in 1999 in Bonn, initiated by the German NGO Forum".
The Fossil of the Day awards have been attributed every day, during the Forum, by members of the Civil Society to countries demonstrating unsustainable and anti-environmental practices and blocking the negotiation process. The United States was granted the award on the first day of negotiations, followed by Canada, for their poor environmental record and in particular for having tried to prevent the conference from adopting commitments requiring an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Those countries are considered as putting barriers to a desired outcome.
The Children & Youth Major Group held daily meetings in the RioCentro Major Group pavilion to discuss the strategy to be heard by decision-makers and to make the difference in the Earth Summit. It was established that each Major Group will have the right to talk for strictly two minutes during the Opening Plenary Session of the Rio Conference. Some members of the Children and Youth Major Group suggested to use the “strategy of silence”, that is to not speak during their two minutes and leave the room without saying a word, demonstrating the indignation and disillusion of future generation for what the adults are doing. But others disagree with this strategy and continue to suggest a more proactive statement in order to make their voice heard.
The issue was, in the end, still undecided. The motivation, passion and will to make real change are extremely strong within the group. However, they are still working on how to use the tools available to them and how to best express themselves in the time allocated.
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