Copenhagen Accord: A Bad Deal Waiting to Happen
Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines, Inc. (CEC), Kalikasan-PNE Statement, 20 December 2009
The climate negotiation in the Fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen has come to a sour end. The world’s high expectation for a meaningful and binding agreement is doused with icy cold water by a non-binding deal dubbed as “Copenhagen Accord” – a deal primarily brokered by the most powerful and leading polluter country in the world — the United States. Having witnessed the drama and ‘actions’ of the climate negotiation for 12 straight days in Copenhagen, one thing became evident: the climate negotiation in the Conference of Parties is not a negotiation among equals; it can never be an international negotiation for the common good, the welfare of the people of the world and the environment. It is a political arena where the superpowers impose their interest at the expense of majority.
What was agreed at Copenhagen – and what was left out
Leading Climate Scientist James Hansen on Why He’s Pleased the Copenhagen Summit Failed, “Cap and Fade,” Climategate and More
30 minute audio/video interview
James Hansen is the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and leading climate scientist.
Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein – First Take On Climate Agreement
In a late evening interview, Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben of react to President Obama’s Copenhagen speeches from earlier in the day. UN Climate Change Conference. Copenhagen. December 18, 2009. ( video length: 15 min. 43 sec.) See