The “Soul of Morocco” speaks on Climate Change to the World!

This is short film on Morocco, where the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) was held in Marrakesh in November of 2016.

Morocco is a North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has borders with Western Sahara to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north. It is just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Gibraltar, and one of only three nations, along with Spain and France, to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.

From medieval times until around the beginning of the 20th century, the entire country of Morocco was known as the “Kingdom of Marrakesh”, as the kingdom’s historic capital city was often Marrakesh. The name for Morocco is still “Marrakesh” to this day in Persian and Urdu (مراكش) as well as many other South Asian languages. Various European names for Morocco (Marruecos, Marrocos, Maroc, Marokko, etc.) are directly derived from the Berber word Murakush.

Like many Moroccan cities, Marrakesh comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls, the medina, bordered by modern neighbourhoods, the most prominent of which is Gueliz. Today it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic centre and tourist destination.
Marrakesh is known by a variety of nicknames, including the “Red City”, the “Ochre City” and “the Daughter of the Desert”, and has been the focus of poetic analogies such as one comparing the city to “a drum that beats an African identity into the complex soul of Morocco.”

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the ultimate objective of the Convention is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations “at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system.” It states that “such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.”
Cooperation with relevant international organisations, such as with scientific bodies, UN agencies and other conventions, is an important dimension of the Convention process. The Convention itself calls on the COP to “seek and utilise … the services and cooperation of, and information provided by, competent international organisations and intergovernmental and non-governmental bodies” (Article 7.2 (l)). The aim is to ensure that the Convention process has the best scientific and other relevant information available. The COP and its subsidiary bodies also seek to ensure that the climate change related activities of other international organisations are coherent with the Convention process and respond to the needs of the Parties and that potential linkages and synergies with climate change related matters are appropriately taken into account.

Contributing to COP 22 we found a metal sculptor from Mohammedia, in Marrakesh – Noureddine Naji, who sculpts utilising mainly pipe exhausts, mufflers and associated car parts to assemble his creations, most of which are birds.
His Mission: To create art pieces from instruments that utilise fossil fuels that are polluting the Earth’s atmosphere and environment, in the hope of getting his message across, viz; ‘that mankind must convert his polluting and destructive attitude and ways to more environmentally friendly and positive methodologies and practices towards Earth and the global environment, so as to ensure all living creatures survival.

Links: The Rose or Red city Morocco’s capital Mohammedia, Morocco

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