Jeanette Fitzsimons

Copenhagen Diary: It is a disgrace

by Jeanette Fitzsimons

Tonight’s outcome in Copenhagen is a tragedy for humanity. It is  widely recognised as a failure papered over with some fine sounding words by Obama.

The purpose of the meeting was to agree on a second commitment period for the Kyoto  protocol. That has not been achieved.

We came here wanting an ambitious, fair and binding agreement. The talks have failed on all three counts. There are no country targets, only an appendix where countries offer non-binding reductions which collectively will not stop warming of two degrees. As it is not ambitious or binding, it cannot be fair to the developing countries that are already suffering from climate change.

There is not even an aspirational statement about reaching a stronger agreement next year.

It is a disgrace that New Zealand was the first country in this group of outlaws to accept the travesty and walk away from the post Kyoto UN process. They have dashed the hopes of millions of people around the world and let all New Zealanders down.

Thirteen million people signed a petition in the last few days calling for strong action. They will not be denied. Civil society has made its presence felt in Copenhagen and will not give up.

Signing off from Copenhagen.

Jeanette and Kennedy

Published in Environment & Resource Management by Jeanette Fitzsimons on Sat, December 19th, 2009   

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