Posted on 15 December 2009 by Cate
Placards for the taking at Global Day of Action Climate Demonstrations, Copenhagen
I wrote this post yesterday, but am only now getting to blog it. Apologies readers….
Monday, 14 December 2009: Today I’ve been unable to get into the negotiations. An hour and a half before the official plenary begins at 10.00am there was a chaotic mass of close to one thousand people trying to get into the Bella Centre, where the talks are being held. The line wasn’t moving and we heard that they might be ‘rationing’ the NGO observers one day early.
Tomorrow was when thia ‘rationing’ was scheduled to begin – a system whereby each registered non-government organisation (NGO) would be given one pass per three participants and would need to share this pass between them. It seems this process has been introduced one day early in an attempt to limit the numbers of people in the Bella Centre to something manageable. One tweet I read this morning said there were 35,000 people wanting entry to the Bella Centre, which had a capacity of 15,000 people. Continue Reading
Posted on 11 December 2009 by Cate
Yet another action inside the Copenhagen talks Day 5
The vast space that is the Bella Centre in Copenhagen is packed to the rafters with UN staff, parties, NGOs, activists, industry lobbyists and opportunistic green entrepreneurs all attempting to exert influence over the United Nations climate negotiations in some form.
Five days into the talks the task of getting all nations to agree on a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty by the end of next week is starting to look very daunting indeed.
Posted on 09 December 2009 by Cate
Inside the main plenary hall, Copenhagen climate talks
This morning in the main plenary session of the Conference of the Parties there were rousing speeches by members of the Alliance of Smaller Island States in response to Tuvalu’s proposal under Article 17 of the Convention for a new Protocol, which Tuvalu suggested calling the Copenhagen Protocol.
Tuvalu spoke eloquently for a new legally binding Protocol that limits warming to 1.5 degrees celsius and stabilises the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere to 350ppm. They said “Our survival is contingent on this proposal. It’s a matter of survival.”
Here’s what some other countries, particularly vulnerable to climate change, had to say in response to Tuvalu’s proposal:
Cape Verde: “What you’ve just heard are calls for help. They are demanding to survive. They are trying to express the despair of their populations. When they labour the point that they are trying to leave Copenhagen with a legally binding treaty, they are saying that the nature of the planet is critical to their survival…. We will be the first to disappear. We will be the ones to precede you in this climate crisis. Tuvalu represents those who are going to die, who are going to disappear. These are whole countries, whole cultures, whole states who are going to disappear.”
Comoros:“a legally binding agreement is nothing else but giving the rights to small nations to exist.”
Barbados: “the scale of the climate change threat requires an ambitious response.”
Cook Islands: “Crucial to our survival that Copenhagen delivers a robust agreement.”
It will be a very interesting next two days.
Posted on 08 December 2009 by Cate
Look who I ran into outside the Copenhagen climate talks on the second day of the conference.