Climate justice Briefing, Cancun 2010

The “shared vision for long-term cooperative action” in climate change negotiations should not be
reduced to defining the limit on temperature increases and the concentration of greenhouse gases in the
atmosphere, but must also incorporate in a balanced and integral manner measures regarding capacity
building, production and consumption patterns, and other essential factors such as the acknowledging of
the Rights of Mother Earth to establish harmony with nature.

— People’s Agreement, April 2010, Cochabamba

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Leave it in the Ground COP17 illustration

This image, by the fantastic Vanessa and we’re using everywhere. Please distribute through your lists. Feel free to reproduce, but please credit the artist.

‘Keep the oil in the soil and the coal in the hole’. this message supporting supply side mitigation and against new and old frontiers in fossil fuel extraction is one all climate activists can get behind.

Understanding the climate change negotiations

by Lim Li Lin

There are two main treaties governing global climate change action, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was part of the package of environmental treaties that was adopted in Rio in 1992 and entered into force in 1994, and the Kyoto Protocol (KP), which is linked to the UNFCCC and was adopted in 1997. The KP entered into force in 2005.

An important point about these treaties is that they are multilateral treaties under the UN. Under these two treaties there are two subsidiary bodies: the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). These two bodies support the KP and the UNFCCC. Continue reading

Durban COP17 failures in the making

The failure of Durban’s COP17 – a veritable “Conference of Polluters” – is certain, but the nuance and spin are also important. Binding emissions-cut commitments under the Kyoto Protocol are impossible given Washington’s push for an alternate architecture that is also built upon sand. The devils in the details over climate finance and technology include an extension of private-sector profit-making opportunities at public expense, plus bizarre new technologies that threaten planetary safety. Continue reading