We speak with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez about climate change, the Copenhagen summit and President Obama. Chavez accuses calls the COP15 summit undemocratic and accuses world leaders of only seeking a face-saving agreement. “We must reduce all the emissions that are destroying the planet,” Chavez says. “That requires a change in the economic model: we must go from capitalism to socialism.”
It seems the ruling classes of the most powerful capitalist states just don’t learn any lessons from the past. It’s as if they wipe the slate clean every time they get us all in a jam and we have to relearn everything all over again! Why do we tolerate such bullshit from the gangster class that controls us?
And as sure as the Sun rises, the USUK has put all the blame on those ‘inscrutable’ Chinese for the ever-so predictable failure of COP15, “Energy Secretary Ed Miliband called it a “chaotic process”, singling out China for vetoing an agreement on emissions.” (‘Climate Summit held to Ransom’, BBC News, 21 December, 2009)
Fact: One-third of China’s industrial output is for export to the US (this is the one-third that used to be manufactured in the US).
The BBC however is very clear about the way forward, it’s called ‘green capitalism’: Continue reading →
Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More than Two Degrees Celsius
A leaked internal document from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change states that current targets on emissions reductions from countries around the world will cause global temperatures to rise above two degrees Celsius. According to the UNFCCC document, current emissions reduction targets could lead to a three degree Celsius rise. We speak to French journalist Jade Lindgaard. [includes rush transcript]
(starts at 46:35 minutes in on above audio)
Jade Lindgaard, journalist with the French news website Mediapart.
Naomi Klein, Author and journalist. She is blogging from Copenhagen for The Nation. Her recent articles include “Climate Rage.”
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are also in Copenhagen to attend the Climate Change Conference. Both are urging industrialized nations to help developing countries fight climate change.
Bolivian President Evo Morales says climate change has largely been caused by developed nations during their industrialization processes. He’s demanding that those countries help developing nations fight climate change, and “green” their economies.
Evo Morales, Bolivian President, said, “The budget of the United States is 687 billion dollars for defense. And they want to, for climate change — to save life, to save humanity — they want to put up 10 billion dollars. This is shameful.”
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has also blasted the actions of industrialized countries.
Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President, said, “In the streets they are saying the following: if the climate was a bank, you would have already saved it. And I think that’s true. If the climate was a big capitalist bank, you would have already saved it. You, the rich governments.”
A formal summit of more than 120 world leaders will be held on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to break the deadlock on which nations should cut greenhouse gas emissions, by how much, and who should pay what.
Indigenous Leaders at the Front Line of Climate Change, at the Front of the Historic Climate March in Copenhagen
On Saturday, over 100,000 people marched in Copenhagen calling on world leaders to agree to a just climate policy. Leading the march was a delegation of indigenous leaders from communities on the front lines of climate change. Democracy Now’s Anjali Kamat and Elizabeth Press speak to indigenous activists at the march and at the Danish National Museum. [includes rush transcript]
Danish police say they’ve arrested nearly a thousand people during mass protests on the fringes of the climate change summit in Copenhagen. Many of them are said to be members of the Black Blocs group, an organisation which advocates violent direct action and which disrupted the NATO summit in France in April. They’ve threatened unspecified protests next week when world leaders join the summit.
At the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, environmental groups have said that while everybody agrees that there is a climate crisis, no action has been taken in accordance with the consensus.
Naomi Klein, author and journalist, tells Al Jazeera why climate change has emerged as the single greatest barrier to human development, and why there is a critical need for a mass movement to tackle it.
“This Text Is an Extremely Dangerous Document for Developing Countries”: G77 Chief Condemns Secret US-Danish Climate Deal
The UN climate talks are in disarray here in Copenhagen after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations. Moments before we went on the air, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese chair of the group of 132 developing countries known as G77, condemned the leaked document. [includes rush transcript]
Climate Countdown: Largest Climate Summit in World History Opens in Copenhagen
Democracy Now! broadcasts live from Copenhagen from inside the Bella Center, where thousands of delegates from over 190 countries are gathering for the largest climate summit in history. Over the next two weeks, 100 world leaders are expected to attend the UN conference that has been described by some scientists as the most important the world has ever seen. We play highlights from the opening ceremony with the mayor of Copenhagen, Ritt Bjerregaard; Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, speaking on Sunday. [includes rush transcript]
Ritt Bjerregaard, mayor of Copenhagen.
Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Congress Kucinich, along with Congressmen Grijalva (D-AZ), Payne (D-NJ) and Ellison (D-MN) and 15 other Members of Congress today called for President Obama to work toward global commitments to greenhouse gas reductions as well as a framework to provide assistance to developing countries during his trip to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Copenhagen.
“Fighting climate change overseas will help the U.S. economic recovery because of the expected demand for American goods and services in areas of green technologies, providing job growth here at home,” said Kucinich.
Preparations for the December 7-18 Copenhagen climate summit are going as expected, including a rare sighting of the African elites’ stiffened spines. That’s a great development (maybe decisive), more about that below.
While activists help raise the temperature on the streets outside the Bella Centre on December 12, 13 and 16, inside we will see global North elites defensively armed with pathetic non-binding carbon emissions cuts (U.S. President Barack Obama’s promise is a mere 4% below 1990 levels) and carbon trading, but without offering the money to repay the North’s ecological debt to the global South.
The first and third of these are lamentable enough, the second is the most serious diversion from the crucial work of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. A nine-minute film launched on the internet on December 1, The Story of Cap and Trade [watch the film at the end of this article], gives all the ammunition climate activists need to understand and critique emissions trading, and to seek genuine solutions.