[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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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.


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.




Capturing Climate Justice: Mary Robinson Foundation

Recently Earth in Brackets prevented a proposal to have YOUNGO (the youth constituency within the UNFCCC) sign on to a letter from the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Foundation. We had concerns about YOUNGO signing on as a constituency to this letter and did not wish to associate with this letter as a group. YOUNGO endorsement would obviously have implied that. Our concerns were on several levels: where the letter was coming from, how it came to us, and the substance of the letter itself. We wanted to take the time to explain why and also to raise general concerns among civil society groups that the Mary Robinson Foundation is co-opting climate justice.  Read more…

Day 8 Policy Updates: Coal-land

By Anna Odell and Bohdan Zymka

SBSTA closed early Sunday morning (late Saturday night) and SBI closed this morning before the stock-taking plenary. Overall, the G77 remains unified in the face of growing political pressure, particularly on the issues of loss and damage and finance. The G77 has stated that they won’t discuss post 2020 finance until pre 2020 finance has been addressed, and LDCs have put forward a proposal outlining how finance will be delivered (proposing that at least $60 billion be delivered by 2015). Long term finance is likely to be the battle ground in the upcoming week and achieving an international mechanism on loss and damage has been consistently declared one of the G77’s red lines.

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As Christiana Figueres Gears up for Coal Summit, YOUNGO’s Response Letter

Following Christiana Figueres reply last week, we decided to post her this reply.

Response to Christiana