Tuesday, 6 December 2011

YOUTH DEMANDS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AT COP17

By: Maggie .M. Mwape
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 3 December 2011 came to a stand still when the youth from different parts of the world demanded that governments have to radically change their behavior at the UNFCCC negotiations, if the world is to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

Thousands of ordinary people from across Africa and the World come together to make sure their voices are heard. Some of those most affected by the impacts of changing climate took part in the civil society march including indigenous peoples,  peasant farmers from across the continent and hundreds of women from South African rural communities.
World leaders are discussing the fate of our planet, but they are far from reaching a solution to climate change. If they fail to make progress, we will see drought and hunger blight our country and continent even further.”
Youths Demand Climate Justice at COP17

The first period of emission cuts agreed under the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012. A new round of emission cuts must be agreed in Durban to avoid gaps between the first and second periods.
But developed nations are trying to shift their responsibilities for drastic emissions cuts onto developing countries that have done the least to cause the problem, while developing countries, joined by the European Union,  try to kill the Kyoto Protocol, and  call for a “new mandate” for the UN climate negotiation, trying to escape their responsibilities for climate action.
It would be disastrous if the internationally binding emission reduction commitments  would lapse or end altogether in Durban.

The US is leading the rich countries demand for a replacement of the Kyoto Protocol with a totally inadequate voluntary pledge where countries would decide their own emissions cuts on a national basis.

It seems that only the Africa Group of countries are united in their demand to hold industrialised countries accountable to their previous commitments, while rich industrialized countries are busy trying to carve out new business opportunities for multinational corporations and their financial elites.


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