Latest UN Climate Action Plan ‘Very Weak Indeed’

Nick Fillmore, writing in TheTyee reports on the recent international conflab in Lima Peru. Filmore writes that:

The corporate sector was out in full force in Lima. Shell Oil was permitted to speak at the main session about its preferred way of fighting carbon emissions — carbon capture and storage (CCS), a still unproven technology. Another oil giant, Chevron, was permitted to sponsor side events inside the negotiations.

Meanwhile, 82 NGOs and one international NGO were unable to participate in any meaningful way because they had only observer status. The various drafts of the agreement were negotiated in secret, and anyone making a statement was kept to three minutes. No Canadian NGO participated at the conference.

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Al Gore and John Kerry attended the Lima talks. UNclimatechange Flickr page.

NGOs had so little status in Lima that they needed approval from the UN concerning what slogans could be placed on their protest banners. Neither countries nor corporations were allowed to be named on the banners. A march by 10,000 protesters had no impact on the proceedings.

 All of Fillmore’s report can be found at:http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/12/16/UN-Climate-Action-Plan-Very-Weak/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=161214

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