Draft Climate Deal – Reaction
Media advisory: Negotiations update for December 11, 2015
PARIS, FRANCE – Reacting to a draft Paris climate agreement released on Thursday night, Lucy Cadena, Friends of the Earth International climate justice and energy coordinator, said: “Rich countries have moved the goal posts so far that a just deal in Paris is inconceivable. If this text indicates what will be agreed here, we will be left with a deal that fails humanity.”
“This text dismantles the core foundations of the UN climate convention,” Cadena continued. “The pillars of a just agreement — ambition and equity — have been completely undermined. After all the warm words of developed countries on a 1.5 degree limit, the new text contains no obligation to stay under this threshold. Shockingly, the text could allow for carbon emissions to continue until 2099.”
The draft also leaves the door open to false solutions such as unproven Carbon Capture and Storage techno-fixes and carbon markets.
“Incredibly, references to human rights have been stripped from the body of this UN agreement on the very day that people around the world mark Human Rights Day,” said Friends of the Earth International Climate Justice and Energy Coordinator Sara Shaw.
“Critical issues have been kicked down the road when they should have been addressed with ambition and urgency. Empty words can’t stop the climate crisis,” she added.
Live reactions to the Paris Climate Summit by @FoEint campaigners are available here: https://storify.com/foeiclimate/reactions-to-cop21-text
Asad Rehman, Friends of the Earth International spokesperson at the Summit in Paris, + 33 753 92 59 04 (until 12 Dec), or [email protected]