[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.

 

Kate Dooley Interview

On Dec. 6 during the Global Landscape Forum (a side event happening in parallel with the COP) Kate Dooley, a PhD student at the University of Melbourne and an expert in carbon markets, carbon trading and forests and land-use, was part of a panel discussing “A rights-based approach to comprehensive land use planning”. Proceeding the talk, Kate was kind enough to give [earth] some of her time to make a short interview on some of the concepts that are on the table during the current COP 20 in Lima, and in the road to the 2015 Paris agreement. The conversation covers issues such as land-use under the new agreement, ‘“false solutions”, INDC’s, the non-paper, equity and the slogan “system change not climate change”.

Interview by Maria Escalante and Omer Shamir

 

EL ADP: la gran batalla de la COP20 Lima

por Klever Descarpontriez & Maria Alejandra Escalante (con la colaboración de muchos amigos)

Los impactos del cambio climático no tienen paciencia con la lentitud de los progresos en las negociaciones intergubernamentales y la muy limitada cantidad de acciones que se están tomando para detener el calentamiento global. Ya estamos viviendo los impactos: el aumento del nivel del mar ha desplazado a las comunidades insulares de Bangladesh, las sequías han disminuido en un 50% la producción agrícola en Guatemala, tifones han cobrado la vida de cientos de personas en las Filipinas, los glaciares andinos peruanos siguen derritiéndose, y la lista de los impactos colaterales como la pérdida de la biodiversidad, la deforestación y la desertificación, entre otros….sigue y sigue.

Estas manifestaciones son sólo la punta del iceberg. A la fecha, la temperatura mundial ya se ha incrementado en un 0,8 ℃ desde el comienzo del siglo XX, y los países ya están experimentando enormes penurias y dificultades para hacer frente a los impactos. El mundo necesita reglas estrictas que vengan de arriba hacia abajo, reglas radicales que sean adoptadas por los gobiernos en la Conferencia Marco de las Naciones Unidas contra el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este año que viene, el deber que tienen los gobiernos es hacer que las emisiones de carbono lleguen a su pico para el año 2017 con el fin de tener un 50% de probabilidades de permanecer por debajo de un aumento de 2 ℃ de la temperatura global. Para que esto suceda, los principales contaminadores tienen que escalar dramáticamente sus esfuerzos de mitigación para que coincidan con el nivel de ambición que se necesita (visiten esta página web para entender más acerca de los usos justos del espacio atmosférico desde una perspectiva de justicia climática). Si los objetivos de reducción de emisiones no se cumplen a su debido tiempo, entonces, deberíamos comenzar a aceptar la idea de un mundo en el que eventos catastróficos, como que los pequeños estados insulares desaparezcan causando migraciones masivas de refugiados climáticos, se conviertan en nuestra sombría y común realidad.

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ADP: the biggest fight at COP20 Lima

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by Klever Descarpontriez & Maria Alejandra Escalante(and many friends)

Climate change impacts show no patience with the slow pace of progress at the intergovernmental negotiations and the very limited amount of actions being taken to halt global warming. We are already facing the impacts: sea level rise has displaced island communities in Bangladesh, droughts have decreased yields by 50% in Guatemala, typhoons have taken the lives of hundreds in the Philippines, Peruvian Andean glaciers keep melting, and the list of collateral impacts like loss of biodiversity, deforestation, and desertification goes on and on.

These manifestations are just the tip of the iceberg. To the date, the global temperature has already increased by 0.8℃ since the 1900s, and countries are already experiencing tremendous hardships and difficulties coping with the impacts. The world needs strict, radical, top-down rules coming from the governments at the UNFCCC. During this next year, their duty is to make global carbon emissions peak by 2017 in order to have a 50% chance to stay below a 2℃ increase of global temperatures. For this to happen, major polluters have to dramatically ramp up their mitigation efforts and match the level of ambition that is needed  (check out this website to understand more about the fair uses of atmospheric space from a climate justice perspective). If emission reduction targets are not met by their due time, then, we should start accepting the idea of a world where catastrophic events, like small island states disappearing causing massive migrations of climate refugees, becomes our bleak common reality.

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Against all odds: first social preCOP in Venezuela

by Maria Alejandra Escalante 

(Spanish version here)

Venezuela’s government, controversial and criticized by many in the international arena, made the effort to do something that not many other governments would do today: invite more than 130 groups both of Venezuelan and international social organizations and representatives of social movements to Margarita Island for a week (full list of guests). Besides enjoying the sun, the seafood, the ocean and salsa bands, all those who flew across the world to be together, social activists and environmentalists both from grassroots groups and NGOs who carry the banner of climate justice in their fights, devoted their days to work on the construction of a new vision of society, a more egalitarian one, less consumerist, less destructive of all around us.

Photo credit Zack Embree - see www.zackembree.com

Photo credit Zack Embree – see www.zackembree.com

Photo credit Zach Embree - see www.zackembree.com

Photo credit Zach Embree – see www.zackembree.com

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