[Earth] member delivers SBSTA Closing Plenary Intervention at COP22

At every COP meeting, constituencies have the opportunity to address opening and closing plenaries through interventions. The closing of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice closed today at COP22, and a member of our COP22 delegation, Jenna Farineau, gave the speech on behalf of the UNFCCC youth constituency (special thanks and shoutout to all the people who worked on the intervention behind the scenes: Laura Berry, Caroline Jeanmaire, Amalie Cordes, and Jenna Farineau).

You can watch her speech here at 1:13:00 and find the transcript below.

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Major Group of Children and Youth Intervention

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.

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Gender Day at COP20

Klever Descarpontriez was on the panel for the high-level event on gender and climate change for Gender Day at COP20 last Tuesday, 9 of December 2014, representing Earth in Brackets and YOUNGO (the youth constituency).

During the panel, Klever was asked to give his views on these two questions. We are copying the transcript of the conversation that took place.

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[Earth] intervention at the SBI closing session

On December 5, Maria Escalante of [Earth] delivered the SBI closing session intervention for Climate Justice Now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdofYWXumxw&feature=youtu.be

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.

 

Youth`s almost intervention at the first day of SBSTA

Yesterday, Aneesa Khan was going to speak on behalf of the youth constituency at the opening of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The youth is given only two minutes to speak at the opening and closing of negotiations. This time, however, the chair did not even leave enough time for the intervention to be read. We are posting it here as we consider the messages key and valuable for COP20.

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Thank you, chair.

My name is Aneesa and I speak on behalf of those who will live long enough to experience your legacy.

Climate change isn’t my future, it is affecting me now. Weak vows, broken promises, low levels of ambition and high levels of passivity have led to the deplorable state of efforts to control climate change today. It is time for things to be done differently. We, the youth, believe its possible.

For a real change, we need to shift our focus away from false solutions like Carbon Markets. Carbon Markets shift responsibility and burden away from developed nations through the offsetting mechanism which is riddled with fraud and human rights abuses.

It is uncertain whether markets will actually deliver what they promise. Will the UNFCCC be a place for real solutions or for making profits?

Parties are pushing once more for flexibility using a centralized carbon trading platform under FVA and NMM to avoid their historical responsibilities. In One year, SBSTA and all parties should agree on a moratorium on failed carbon trading mechanisms and take up real non-market solutions, such as the globally funded feed in tariff scheme and carbon taxes.

REDD+ lacks effective monitoring and safeguards. Emissions accountability is converted into offsetting and buyouts as opposed to reductions and change. This is yet another false solution.

Interests of nations and transnational corporations are financially involved and invested in land use that demolishes the livelihoods of forest, land-based and indigenous communities.

Acknowledgement of these peoples and proposals for climate smart approaches are insufficient and not enough. It is mandatory that the voices and lives of those working on the ground are at the forefront of a just and equitable approach to land use.

Knowledge and technology will play a key part in future solutions so it is important to ensure we do it right. We need a platform or mechanism for sharing technology and knowledge. It must allow multidirectional sharing but also ensure contributions based on  Equity and Common But Differentiated Responsibilities.

Countries and communities need to have access to information and technology in order to find effective solutions for adaptation and mitigation, and existing barriers such as Intellectual Property Rights need to be replaced or refined to ensure this happens.

We demand a fair and just agreement as well as bold and immediate action to halt climate change. We will remain vigilant, and we will not hesitate to raise our voice if you do anything different.

We have said what we have to say, it is time for you to do what you must do.

Thank you.