As world leaders walk away from the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen (COP15), a watered-down accord was accepted by the Conference of the Parties on Saturday morning. The accord which was largely brokered between the USA, China, South Africa, India & Brazil recognises the scientific necessity of keeping global temperature rises to no more than 2°C, but contains no tangible commitments to reduce emissions to achieve that.
Commenting on the conclusion of UN climate summit in Copenhagen today, the UK based coalition Stop Climate Chaos (SCC), which organised The Wave – the world’s largest demonstration for action on climate change in London, said:
The challenge at Copenhagen was to deliver a new, binding and fair programme of international action to keep global warming as far below the danger threshold of 2 degrees C. There has been a gross failure to achieve this and the fault lies squarely with the industrialised countries. They have not pledged sufficiently deep and rapid cuts in emissions, nor offered enough finance to assist developing countries. Given the threat that humanity and the world’s ecosystems face this is unforgiveable.
It defies comprehension that, confronted by the greatest danger that humanity has ever faced, our political leaders are trying to pass off a dismal, so-called political declaration, as progress. This deal will not prevent catastrophic climate change.
Millions across the globe mobilised to give our leaders a clear mandate to act decisively. Their collective response has been dire and utterly irresponsible. We will not rest until we have pressured our leaders to show the political courage and vision necessary, in the short time left, to pull us back from the brink of disaster.
Speaking on the outcome of the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen, Mike Robinson, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
We needed commitments of money, ambitious targets and a legal framework to underpin it all. So far we have none of these. We have a vague promise of half the money that is required by 2020, inadequate targets which the UN has confirmed will add up to a minimum 3°C increase in global temperatures, and no legal framework. What’s worse, we don’t even have a timetable to sort it out. It’s hardly the leadership we had all been hoping for and we have a right to be disappointed.
On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will march through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all.
COP15 ended so badly, Christian Aid want you to write to Gordon Brown, Spain's José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and European Council president, Herman Van Rompuy asking them to commit the EU to a 30% emissions reduction target.
Use the button below to take action on COP15, and to make sure it remains a key issue in the lead up to the election.
Current EU commitments to 20% emissions cuts (based on 1990 levels), rising to 30% if a strong global deal is agreed, are simply not enough.
The target for the EU needs to be at least 40% if we want to avoid the danger level of a 2°C rise in global warming. Please write to Gordon Brown using his CAFOD action asking him to put pressure on the other EU leaders to sign up to the required 40% emissions reduction.
The UK needs to commit to a minimum of 40% emissions reductions (based on 1990 levels) to stand a 50:50 chance of avoiding global temperature rises exceeding the danger level of 2°C.
Use Friends of the Earth's action to write to Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to demand the UK commits to at least 40% reductions and puts up more money to help those people who will be hit first & worst by the effects of climate change.
After the disappointing result from COP15, we have to keep the pressure on world leaders. Use this Oxfam action to write to Gordon Brown and demand a real deal.
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