Copenhagen Day 9: Tuesday, December 15

Copenhagen Day 9: Tuesday, December 15

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We finally put together this amazing footage from the “flood” for climate justice that took place in Copenhagen on Saturday. Thousands of campaigners and activists from Friends of the Earth’s international network joined with friends and supporters to demand climate justice in a peaceful march through the streets. We converged with other peaceful marchers to form one “main” march that ended up including around 100,000 people!

Karen also details events from Saturday today on Open Left.  You can read “On the Streets of Copenhagen for Climate Justice” here.

Saturday’s action serves as a reminder that regardless of the outcome of the negotiations inside the Bella Center, there is a growing movement for climate justice among activists that can hopefully produce truly just and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis in the future.

Today African civil society activists pushed back against a deal struck between Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and French President Nicholas Sarkozy.  This agreement ignores the valiant efforts in Copenhagen by African delegates and civil society to call for an equitable agreement that will protect the continent and its people.  The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance clarified that Ethiopia does not speak for the continent and that this agreement will:

• Threaten Africa with catastrophic damage by allowing warming to rise by 2 degrees C globally and therefore by around 3.5 degrees on the continent of Africa. It risks the lives and livelihoods of literally hundreds of millions of people, including the people of Ethiopia;
• Allocate to the industrialized countries including France atmospheric space worth more than 10 trillion dollars between now and 2050, denying it to developing countries, and threatening Africa’s prospects of economic and social development and the alleviation of poverty; and
• Offer a mere 10 billion in financing for all developing countries in fast-start funding.

“You cannot say you are proposing a ‘solution’ to climate change if your solution will see millions of Africans die and if the poor not the polluters keep paying for climate change” said Augustine Njamnshi.