The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 7th to November 18th. In this blog post, the Earth in Brackets members who attended the conference reflect on their experiences and on the possible ways forward for the climate activist movement.
by Andrea Fontana
On Thursday November 10th, civil society mobilized with a series of events to ask for legal protection and immediate action for climate migrants. The call to action was sparked from the fact that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change does not offer legal protection for the average 21.5 million people that are displaced every year by the adverse impacts of climate change.
By Kendall Cook
I found myself walking through the bourgeois neighborhood Saint-Germain, an ornate path to a prestigious institution where I was meeting an elite group of Loss and Damage experts. There were about twenty to twenty five people in the room, all professionals over the age of thirty, half of which were sustainable development directors of various NGOs, the other, self-involved bureaucrats. I was the outlier.
Our very own Aura Silva had the privilege of sharing the intervention on behalf of the Major Group for Children and Youth this morning in the opening session. The intervention states the thoughts and demands from the position of children and youth on the Sustainable Development Goal indicators that have been discussed here for the past 3 days. The intervention was received very well, especially from Mr. Damaso Luna, the Deputy Director General for Global Issues of the Government of Mexico. He agreed with Aura in her statement that setting back the dates of the targets that have been moved to 2030 is entirely counterproductive.
On December 5, Maria Escalante of [Earth] delivered the SBI closing session intervention for Climate Justice Now!
On a day where UNEP has confirmed that the cost of adaptation is continuing to rise, and could become $500 billion per year or much higher by 2050, we have to register our deep disappointment and anger at the paltry sums thus far offered by the rich countries.
You have money for wars and fossil fuels, but very little for adaptation finance. This disregard for your moral and legal responsibility forces developing countries to finance their own adaptation effort rather than other priorities. We demand support for the preparation and implementation of NAPs.
As I have seen in my country, Colombia, and as we keep seeing in the Philippines, there are limits to adaptation. Beyond those limits, there are impacts. Loss and damage is an issue of today — the Warsaw Mechanism must be fully operationalized at this session so it can be incorporated into the 2015 agreement.