Climate Action Network Canada Response to "Copenhagen Accord"

"The job is not done.

The Copenhagen Accord is not ambitious, it is not fair and it is not binding.

This agreement has huge loopholes and gaps.  The goals for reducing pollution keep us on a path that science says leads to catastrophic warming.

The financing in this deal to help developing countries confront a crisis not of their making amounts to less than the subsidies nations serve up to the fossil fuel industry.

It is essential that countries work to finalise a strong agreement in the next 6 months.   Countries should meet as many times as is needed over these 6 months to ensure that there is not another failure to get a deal that gets the job done.

In the mean time, we are faced with a very costly delay, with costs measured in human lives, and in dollars.

At best, we are confronted with dangerous delay that means millions of families run the risks of unnecessary tragedy.  The impacts of this delay will be felt in every country, and will fall particularly hard on poor people in developing country.

The longer the delay the higher the costs will mount, and the fewer opportunities we will have to invest in solutions that drive economic growth.

It also means delaying the investments in clean energy that can drive our global economy, bringing jobs and prosperity to millions in every country.  We risk locking in growth on the dirty energy path.

Longer we wait the worse it gets: the International Energy Agency tells us that every year of delay costs $500 billion dollars.

This delay benefits only the narrow interests of big oil and the fossil fuel industry.  All of the rest of us are losers.  

The science is clear, we have the means, all we are missing is the will.

We need to commit to cutting pollution as the science tells us.  We need to invest in clean energy growth.  And we need to provide the help developing  countries deserve to confront a crisis not of their making."

Commentaires

Agree

What is bad is that in fact there is little chance that the pollution will get smaller. It is a pity that it is not convenient to business, otherwise this problem would have been solved long ago. I've found an interesting vider about the results of the Copenhagen summit: http://www.videorolls.com/watch/The-Copenhagen-Accord-A-deal-far-from-pe... . They are not essential at all.

respect

Really! You say very right thing. If the fight for clean proivodstvo would benefit businesses, particularly those associated with the extraction of natural resources, we would have a completely different situation. download key serial

China

Emily Though I did not follow the summit closely, I read this article in the Guardian (manchester) last night it was discouraging but informative on the role China had in stopping the targets and goals of the climate change. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/22/copenhagen-climate-cha... Cheers and a very Merry Christmas to you. Keep up the good fight. Michael

interview

Hi Emily, are you back in Halifax. Would love to do an interview on your experience post cop15. thanks, colleen jones

Thanks for all the great

Thanks for all the great coverage Emily & co. It has been an excellent source of information during COP15. I know we are all extremely disappointed with the result, but I hope we can conserve the momentum that was built leading up to COP and use it to pressure and influence our domestic governments for real, binding change.

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